The strap line for the new Green Dialysis website is "eco-dialysis… a more thoughtful future". http://greendialysis.org/ documents the eco-journey of the Barwon Health Renal Service, which began with helping home haemodialysis patients to cut their water bills.
My name is Amy and I am the junior doctor ‘Sustainability Fellow’ for the Severn Deanery. It is a new post this year so I have a blank slate to work with. It is a post I have taken on in addition to being a full time junior doctor. My job description is to use my role as a clinician to help promote sustainable working practices in the deanery and thus reduce carbon emissions.
Green Nephrology case studies are prepared in collaboration with renal units to document local innovations with environmental benefits, together with information to support their replication elsewhere. The majority of case studies describe financial as well as environmental benefits.
With less than 30 days to go to NHS Sustainability Day on Thursday 28th March the final countdown is on and today the nine award categories for this years event have been announced. All categories have been individually sponsored and each winning Trust will receive a unique trophy and be showcased on the website.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare may soon be appointing to a new Green Nephrology Fellowship, linked to “a highly visible demonstration project showcasing radical redesign of a clinical service to deliver sustainable patient-centred care”.
NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts can bid for a share of £50 million capital funding to invest during 2013-14. The funding will support new and innovative projects to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience to climate change.
Initial expression of interest bids must be submitted by 28 February 2013.
Green Nephrology in the BMJ! Commenting on a Green Nephrology study into savings from green initiatives in kidney units, National Clinical Director for Kidney Care, Dr Donal O'Donoghue, said "it’s not unreasonable to expect approaching £1 billion per year saving if the enthusiasm and focused work of the kidney community spread across the whole NHS."
The NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy has set targets for the reduction of GHG emissions within the NHS. If we are to meet these challenging targets, our health economists will have to become as familiar with the rationing of healthcare of the basis of carbon as they presently are with financial resources. A scary thought? Perhaps for them - but it shouldn't be for clinicians. But who will work out how to do these carbon accounts?
Where you live, does everyone with kidney disease know that they've got it and what it means? Are local GPs confident about how to manage them, and who will benefit from referral? It was inspiring to hear from at least three nephrologists presenting at the Renal Service Change Management study day last week, who clearly feel that what happens to people in primary care is their business too.
102 heat exchangers have been fitted to dialysis machines across 4 renal services following the CSH 'Cutting CO2 in Kidney Care ' project, which secured funding at the Pitch Pledge Party event in October 2011, a 10:10 initiative in partnership with The Funding Network and the Guardian. The project was based on the case study from East Kent renal service, which has reduced its carbon footprint by retrofitting heat exchangers to renal dialysis machines. Each heat exchanger is estimated to save approximately 0.366 tonnes CO2e per year.
When the Canterbury dialysis unit updated its water purification system with the installation of a new reverse osmosis plant in 1997, it was soon apparent that large volumes of reject water were being ‘lost to drain’.
The Green Stars Initiative provides a mechanism by which renal teams can demonstrate their achievements against a set of national criteria. There is more information about the scheme on the link above.
SAP is a programme to support clinical teams in taking action for sustainability. Structured around two facilitated workshops, SAP helps front-line staff to learn about sustainable healthcare, focus in on their priorities and put together a green action plan. The action plan can then
This is just a short brief to let you know about the ongoing work the UK Green Nephrology group has been undertaking on tariffs for remote clinic consultations.
Many renal units operate over wide geographical areas, providing specialist services for populations far beyond their own hospital’s immediate catchment area. Intuitively, for such a results-driven specialty, the concept of remote clinic consultations – either by phone or video-link - ticks many boxes in the sustainability agenda whilst also carrying the potential to deliver care close to home without the associated carbon impact of staff travel...
A short video introducing the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare's work in supporting clinical specialties to improve sustainability. This video focuses on initiatives in kidney care, where the approach was first pioneered.