You can also use these platforms to make contact with others who will be attending the conference, share your ideas, case studies and as a platform for online discussions about sustainable healthcare and how we can get to where we want to be.
Kidney units are invited to share their local successes via this year's Green Nephrology Awards. Shortlisted entries will be presented in poster format at the CleanMed Europe conference 17-19th September (in Oxford), and at the Green Nephrology Summit on 25th September (at Guy’s Hospital in London). Awards for outstanding entries will be presented at the Summit.
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.
Presentation from the Cost Saving Strategies in Renal Medicine conference on 1 December 2011. Describes a number of recent cost saving green projects from the Green Nephrology Network (many thanks to all who contributed).
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
Videos of presentations given at a meeting on the role of telemedicine in sustainable healthcare, hosted by the Nephrology Section, Royal Society of Medicine and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (Green Nephrology Programme) in London on 11 March 2011.
Green Nephrology Programme & Royal Society of Medicine
Using the Sustainable Action Planning tools, the team at the Renal Unit quickly identified carbon reduction opportunities, prioritised them, and moved into action. By the end of the first year they achieved:
Poster presented at the British Renal Society/ Renal Association 2001. Sustainability is an effective motivator for staff and patients to engage in service improvement, and has been described as the seventh dimension of quality in healthcare.
The renal unit at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire has been successfully running a twice-monthly telephone clinic to provide follow up to these patients since 2006. Annual carbon savings have been estimated at approximately 2000 kgCO2 equivalents.
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’.
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.