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.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare may soon be appointing to a new Green Nephrology Fellowship, linked to “a highly visible demonstration project showcasing radical redesign of a clinical service to deliver sustainable patient-centred care”.
NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts can bid for a share of £50 million capital funding to invest during 2013-14. The funding will support new and innovative projects to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience to climate change.
Initial expression of interest bids must be submitted by 28 February 2013.
Green Nephrology in the BMJ! Commenting on a Green Nephrology study into savings from green initiatives in kidney units, National Clinical Director for Kidney Care, Dr Donal O'Donoghue, said "it’s not unreasonable to expect approaching £1 billion per year saving if the enthusiasm and focused work of the kidney community spread across the whole NHS."
The NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy has set targets for the reduction of GHG emissions within the NHS. If we are to meet these challenging targets, our health economists will have to become as familiar with the rationing of healthcare of the basis of carbon as they presently are with financial resources. A scary thought? Perhaps for them - but it shouldn't be for clinicians. But who will work out how to do these carbon accounts?
Where you live, does everyone with kidney disease know that they've got it and what it means? Are local GPs confident about how to manage them, and who will benefit from referral? It was inspiring to hear from at least three nephrologists presenting at the Renal Service Change Management study day last week, who clearly feel that what happens to people in primary care is their business too.
102 heat exchangers have been fitted to dialysis machines across 4 renal services following the CSH 'Cutting CO2 in Kidney Care ' project, which secured funding at the Pitch Pledge Party event in October 2011, a 10:10 initiative in partnership with The Funding Network and the Guardian. The project was based on the case study from East Kent renal service, which has reduced its carbon footprint by retrofitting heat exchangers to renal dialysis machines. Each heat exchanger is estimated to save approximately 0.366 tonnes CO2e per year.
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.