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.
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:
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.
Dear 'Green' UK ... This is to let your members know that we launched an update/upgrade of our Australian Green Dialysis website during 'Renal Week'. The website can be found at http://www.greendialysis.org.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Tuesday 19th November 2013, 1:00 pm (GMT) / 8:00 am (EST)
Join this webinar with Veolia Water to find out about the growing business risks relating to water use, the need for a pragmatic metric and the benefits for businesses from using water risks assessment together with case studies
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.