Newcastle Renal Unit wins Green Nephrology Award

The 2012 Award, presented at the Green Nephrology Summit yesterday, has gone to Newcastle Renal Unit for their "baling and recycling" project, modelled on one of the early case studies in Green Nephrology. The project has increased the amount of plastic and cardboard waste being recycled in the Trust by 90 tonnes, resulting in savings of more than £7,000/year and 46 tonnes CO2e in just a few months.

NHS Forest Conference- 18th October, Todmorden

CSH is delighted to announce that this year's NHS Forest Autumn Event is to be held on the 18th October at Todmorden Health Centre, Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

The day includes: The launch of the partnership between Incredible Edible Todmorden and Ambulance Services, a "creating a healthy route through the NHS Forest" workshop, an awards ceremony hosted by Pam Warhurst, (Chair of the Forestry Commission), and a guided walk to include the planting at Todmorden Healthcare Centre.

Would you like to supervise a student on a project?

Would you like to supervise one or a few students on a practical  or literature-based research project related to sustainability, climate and health/healthcare?  If so, Healthy Planet UK (www.healthyplanetuk.org) are hoping to put students in touch with potential supervisors for SSC projects, dissertations or extra-curricular projects.

£500 prize donated for Green Nephrology Award winner!

The winner of the 2012 Green Nephrology Awards (to be announced at next week's Summit) will receive a £500 prize to invest in green initiatives. The prize, donated by a supporter and topped up with match funding from the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, is to be awarded to the kidney unit submitting the best green project. 

Green Nephrology Awards - open to entries

Has your kidney unit successfully introduced a green change?  Help us to share and celebrate your achievements by entering the Green Nephrology Awards 2012, organised in partnership with NHS Kidney Care. Shortlisted entries will be exhibited in poster format at the Green Nephrology Summit on 26 September, and will be included in a themed issue of NHS Kidney Care’s e-newsletter, Kidney Care Matters.  Awards for outstanding entries will be presented at the Summit. Closing date: 10 September 2012.

OPPORTUNITY! Green link with quality improvement fellowships - advertising now

The previous Green Nephrology fellowships have shown that leading a move to sustainable healthcare is a great educational opportunity for an individual, as well as being an exciting project to be involved with. Clinical fellowship schemes around the country offer a chance to include sustainability in quality improvement - can you help?

Green Nephrology Summit 2012 - registrations open!

Registrations open today for the Green Nephrology Summit 2012!  The Summit will be held in London on 26 September 2012 and is an opportunity to meet up with Green Nephrology Local Representatives, share experience and help to set the direction for sustainable kidney care.  Green Nephrology Award entries are invited from local kidney units.

Recycling of concentrate bottles - summary

There has been discussion in the Green Nephrology Forum about recycling of bicarbonate containers on the dialysis unit. Many units are now recycling these, but others who would like to introduce recycling have been looking for reassurance with regard to health and safety. This blog summarises the available guidance on handling/disposal of the excess bicarbonate, and on infection control.

Dialysis heat exchangers - June update

The Green Nephrology Programme successfully bid for funding for the Heat Exchangers project from 10:10 in 2011. The objective is to save energy and carbon in kidney care by encouraging retrofitting of heat exchangers to dialysis machines in use nationwide - following the example of the Kent renal service.  As a result of our contact, a number of units are now developing the business case for investing in retrofitting their machines. 

Bike Week 16-24 June

June has arrived and this month's green theme is... cycling.  Bike Week 2012 is running from 16-24 June this year and it would be great if kidney units could take part. The aim is to encourage colleagues (maybe even some patients) to get on their bikes and remember how much they like cycling!

Donating Made Easy

Some of you have asked whether you can donate money to help our work. We have always accepted cheques, but The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) has now signed up to Just Giving to make it easier for you to donate small amounts on a regular basis.

CSH is a very small charity, and funding for our core costs is entirely provided by donations and project-focused support. You can help us work to safeguard the future of health and healthcare by contributing to our funding. Please take 5 minutes to donate - any amount will help! Thank you.

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Green Nephrology review article

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. 

Nature Reviews Nephrology
February, 2020

Prescribing Movement resource

This toolkit gives you everything you need for a 1 minute, 5 minute and even more minute conversation, complete with step-by-step guides, behavioural change insights and all the evidence to back it up.

Moving Medicine
January, 2020

RCP video on NHS environmental impact

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.

Royal College of Physicians
September, 2018

Sustainability in Quality Improvement learning resources

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.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
March, 2017

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