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.
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.