The Kings Fund has published two papers on environmentally sustainable health and social care. Both reports are based on a literature review and stakeholder consultation carried out by The King’s Fund on behalf of the National Institute for Health Research and the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
This questionnaire, developed by dialysis nurse Mary Thomson in Fife, has been used to raise awareness and gather staff views on recycling at home and at work. You are welcome to borrow and adapt it for your workplace.
Happy World Kidney Day! A day for raising the importance of healthy kidneys everywhere. Prevention is of course the greenest form of healthcare, and WKD is a great initiative. But with 50,000 people in the UK who have end-stage renal failure, there is clearly more to do. So what role does the kidney care community have in stopping new patients from coming through the doors?
The EDTNA/ERCA and Fresenius Medical Care have produced this Handbook for going green in dialysis. "Fifteen experts from 10 different countries have created the Guidelines over the past year. They contain all the state of the art knowledge to reduce the environmental burden of dialysis.
Our conference organized in partnership with The Thames Valley Health Innovation and Education Cluster is taking place on 24th February 2012. The day offers a great opportunity to find out about the most recent developments in sustainable healthcare including a launch of the emergent research agenda from The King's Fund. Experts will outline the major issues before looking in depth at some of the available solutions including how to cut medicines waste, benefits of greenspace, patient and staff engagement and active transport.
2011 has seen launch of the online Green Nephrology Network, new case studies from local units (together saving over £160,000 and 214 tonnes of CO2e each year!), sustainable procurement pilots in 3 services, and more...
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).
Cost Saving Strategies for Renal Service Deliveries is promising to be an exciting case study driven one day event. The study day will take place on 1st December 2011 in London Paddington looking at how to save costs without reducing the quality of renal services. If you are working in an environment where cost savings have to be achieved, yet quality of care cannot be allowed to slip, then book now.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare secured funding at last Monday's Pitch Pledge Party Event for the promotion of retrofitting heat exchangers to kidney dialysis machines throughout the UK to achieve a 20% carbon cut in their emissions. We would like to say a big thank you to the funders,10:10, The Funding Network, The Guardian and all others who have supported us.
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
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare’s project to support NHS organisations to retro-fit heat exchangers to kidney dialysis machines is one of three projects which are through to the final of the Pitch Pledge Party, a new 10:10 initiative.
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.