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 Survey of Local Representatives 2010

Results from the 2010 local Green Nephrology representatives survey: In full (although comments have been summarised) and as a single page summary for circulation and display. Also a ppt. file to use as you wish.

They represent the first full year of the programme. In summary:

Green Nephrology Programme
February, 2011

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Transplant Research Setting Partnership Survey - All encouraged to help mould research Open to Staff Patients Carers

Questions about kidney transplantation and living donation?

A new national survey has opened, giving patients, their carers and the healthcare professionals looking after them an opportunity to submit questions about kidney transplantation and living donation that they think should be addressed in future research.

Divestment for Health

I'm writing this post to alert CSH members to this motion (#370) which is on the agenda of the British Medical Association's Annual Representatives' Meeting tomorrow morning, on climate advocacy and divestment from fossil fuel companies.  The BMA will be voting on whether or not to divest from the world's major fossil fuel companies. Myself and a couple of others have drafted this 2-page briefing document, and it would be fantastic if you could share it with anyone you know who'll be voting at the meeting. 

Should the BMA commit to divestment, this would help set a valuable precedent for other groups, building on the momentum created by the Fossil Free campaign internationally. A 'yes' vote would make the BMA the first ever national medical or nursing organ isation to divest from fossil fuels!

For those on twitter, please take a few minutes to tweet before 11am if tomorrow, using the #ARMlive hashtag and the URL for the briefing (http://tinyurl.com/divestmentbriefing). Below are some example tweets to save you time - though feel free to come up with your own of course!

The briefing document summarises the various arguments - both health-focused and financial - in favour of such a move, as well as giving some wider context (an argument made succinctly by Bill McKibben here, and in Alistair Wardrope's recent blog on the topic for Healthy Planet UK).

Please do get in touch if you're interested in starting up discussions about divestment within organisations you're involved in, such as Royal Colleges or even NHS Trusts, it would be great to hear from you.

Winners of last year's SBRI Funding Competition announced

The winners of last year's new Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to find innovative technology based solutions in Kidney Care have been announced on 13th May 2014.

The £3.6 m SBRI funding competition was launched last October by the Department of Health and the National Institute for Health Research Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative (NIHR D4D HTC) to help the 5,000 people diagnosed with kidney failure every year. There are currently 41,000 patients in England receiving treatment for kidney failure.

Call for help with Patient Transport in Kidney Care

Hello All!

CSH is thinking about starting a project to 1) look at patient transport in kidney care from both carbon and patient experience points of view and 2) run a pilot project in one hospital. If you have any views or experience in this area, please write in. And, if you think your hospital would be a suitable site for the pilot project, do let me know!

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Rachel

Right patient, right time, right place - an example from kidney care

Dialysis treatment for end stage kidney disease is a burden on patients, taxpayers, and the environment. The carbon cost of dialysis is estimated to be seven tonnes CO2 equivalents per year. Although we can make the improvements to reduce this, the ideal is to prevent people from reaching end stage kidney disease.

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