Call for Expressions of Interest for Funding to Improve Energy Efficiency in the NHS

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.

BMJ: NHS could save £1bn by adopting green strategies used in kidney units

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."

Counting the carbon cost of care

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?

An integrated kidney care system?

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.

Cutting CO2 in kidney care: 102 heat exchangers fitted!

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.

Green Nephrology Summit 2012 position statement

The Green Nephrology Summit 2012 participants agreed to issue a position statement about the urgency of sustainable healthcare, with a challenge to policy makers to remove financial/commissioning barriers to efficient, sustainable care systems - including disease prevention and the use of telemed

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
September, 2012

Green Nephrology Summit 2012 summary and slides

The Green Nephrology Summit 2012 was held in London on 26th September, organised by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and attended by nurses, doctors, technicians, patients, NHS managers, industry representatives, medical students and other interested parties.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
September, 2012

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.

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Staff recycling questionnaire

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.

Mary Thomson, Queen Margaret Hospital, Fife
March, 2009

EDTNA/ERCA Handbook: Environmental Guidelines for Dialysis

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.

EDTNA / ERCA & Fresenius Medical Care
October, 2011

SAP - sustainable action planning resources for clinical teams

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

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
February, 2010

Remote monitoring and telecommunications - safeguarding patients and the environment

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
February, 2011

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The Impact of Paper Procurement in the NHS.

The NHS has committed to reduce its carbon footprint but, aside from ensuring that legislative targets are reached, the benefits of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions are well documented. Yet the NHS faces increasing financial and service pressures; meaning that ‘green’ working is not always at the forefront of consideration. Many NHS organisations in England procure paper through the NHS Supply Chain Core Stationary list, which only contains paper produced from virgin (non-recycled) sources. As such, out of the 3.6 million reams of paper procured through NHS Supply Chain, only 29,000 were produced from recycled sources.

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