The Royal College of Physicians published a new report 'Outpatients: the future – adding value through sustainability' which seeks to re-evaluate the purpose of outpatient care and align those objectives with modern-day living and expectations.
Short animation to raise awareness of the NHS contribution to environmental issues such as climate change and air pollution, and encourage health professionals to look for environmentally friendly ways to practise.
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
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.
The dialysis unit in Central Manchester has reduced delivery miles by 75% (saving 8.3 tonnes CO2e) by switching to dry powder concentrate for haemodialysis. Discontinuing morning disinfection cycles has saved on energy and water use.
The Barwon Health Renal Service is recognised, worldwide, as an advocate for home nocturnal haemodialysis (hNHD). But, despite the major health and lifestyle benefits for patients using hNHD, we also appreciate the significant impositions and costs that accrue within home dialysis care.
Programme and (first batch) speaker slides from the Green Nephrology Summit 2013, available to download. Dr Hugh Rayner is not able to share his slides, some of which are pending publication, but has recommended the following references instead:
John Agar and Katherine Barraclough have produced a fantastic review looking at the impacts of environmental change on kidney health as well as the environmental damage caused by kidney services (especially dialysis) and strategies to mitigate this.
Sustainability has been recognised as a domain of quality in healthcare, and building it into quality improvement (QI) is a practical way to drive incremental change towards a more ethical, sustainable health system.