A year after the NHS published its SD Strategy (‘Sustainable, Resilient, Healthy People & Places’) in January 2014, the Environmental Audit Select Committee is examining whether the NHS is set up to deliver on the ambitions in that Strategy, and seeking to identify the key risks and challenges for implementing it and the achievements to date that could be built upon. Written submissions by 4 March are invited, although those received by 11 March might still be accepted.
An Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Report about wasted use of clinical resources in the NHS was launched last month and can be found here. The report states that to sustain the standards of care provided across the NHS, waste must be reduced.
Last weekend the Bristol Health Partners hosted an event to encourage innovation. We only discovered this by accident and prepared a quick presentation under the Green Prescribing Protocol. This was presented at the last pitch on Friday evening. There were some technical issues but in spite of this we were swamped with people offering help and support and suggestions to broaden our thinking outside Green Nephrology and share the good practice amongst other directorates.
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.
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.
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
This year's Green Nephrology Summit was held at Guy's Hospital in London on 25th September. Once again, we were a good mix of clinicians (docs, nurses, physios), technicians, patients, industry representatives and interested others...
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:
The Campaign for Greener Healthcare is delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Connor to his new post as "Green Nephrology Fellow". Over the next year, Andrew will be exploring the environmental impacts of kidney care and working with NHS staff and patients to improve practice in kidney units.
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.
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).
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
Videos of presentations given at a meeting on the role of telemedicine in sustainable healthcare, hosted by the Nephrology Section, Royal Society of Medicine and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (Green Nephrology Programme) in London on 11 March 2011.
Green Nephrology Programme & Royal Society of Medicine
Using the Sustainable Action Planning tools, the team at the Renal Unit quickly identified carbon reduction opportunities, prioritised them, and moved into action. By the end of the first year they achieved:
Poster presented at the British Renal Society/ Renal Association 2001. Sustainability is an effective motivator for staff and patients to engage in service improvement, and has been described as the seventh dimension of quality in healthcare.
The renal unit at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire has been successfully running a twice-monthly telephone clinic to provide follow up to these patients since 2006. Annual carbon savings have been estimated at approximately 2000 kgCO2 equivalents.
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.