Bringing together patients, clinicians, renal technicians and others to share ideas for sustainable kidney care.

Please visit the Resources tab for published research papers, case studies, measurement tools, previous events and awards. For the latest updates and ways to get involved see live posts (below) and Events. Log in to comment on any of these or to post a new topic for discussion.

Read about the history of green nephrology and the new Sustainable Kidney Care committee on the CSH website.

SBRI competition: technology-based solutions for patient empowerment and sustainability in kidney care

The Department of Health and the National Institute for Health Research Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative (NIHR D4D HTC) are collaborating to launch a new Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition to find innovative technology based solutions in Kidney Care. The focus is on technologies that can make a difference to patients over the whole spectrum of kidney disease ranging from earlier diagnosis and prevention through to treatment of advanced stages of kidney failure. An important goal would be to promote patient empowerment and/or sustainable practices throughout the patient care pathway. 

Bradford and Bristol Royal share the 2013 Green Nephrology Award

The 2013 Green Nephrology Award (for sustainability initiatives in kidney units) went to joint winners, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and Bradford Teaching Hospitals. Both kidney units demonstrated significant environmental as well as financial savings, while maintaining the quality of care for dialysis patients. 

Green Nephrology Awards 2013 - winning entries

Joint winners of the 2013 Green Nephrology Awards - Bristol Royal Hospital for Children for a water saving project initiated by Charge Nurse, Dan Speakman, and Bradford Teaching Hospitals for reduction in the use of dialysate through using the "autoflow" facility on dialysis machines.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
August, 2013

Don't forget to register for the Green Nephrology Summit on 25 September

This is the yearly get-together of the Green Nephrology Network, where ideas and experiences are exchanged for sustainable kidney care. Everyone is welcome. This year's programme covers best practice examples such as laboratory eGFR screening and exercise programmes in CKD, as well as debates on how to get your clinical director on board, building patient networks, and whether to abandon plastic cannisters of acid concentrate in favour of bulk systems.

CleanMed Europe social media platforms - follow and join the conversation

There's now a facebook page and twitter account for September's CleanMed Europe conference - if you use social media, do follow them for new blogs as they published, along with news items and reports.  Recently published are Rachel Stancliffe and Mahmood Bhutta's blog on whether should health professionals should lead on sustainability and Frances Mortimer's blog on Sustainable Clinical Practice.

You can also use these platforms to make contact with others who will be attending the conference, share your ideas, case studies and as a platform for online discussions about sustainable healthcare and how we can get to where we want to be.

The conference website is at http://www.cleanmedeurope.org/.

Junior Doctor Sustainability Fellow

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.

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Green Nephrology case studies

Case studies in Green Nephrology can be found on the Mapping Greener Healthcare site, using the link below. Projects to date range from waste reduction in haemodialysis to telephone and video clinics.

September, 2021

Greener AHP Hub

The Greener AHP Hub is a resource for Allied Health Professionals.  It provides information and clear actionable steps which AHPs can take to improve their own environmental sustainability. The hub complements the 

NHS England
October, 2021

Solar-Assisted Haemodialysis

This article by John Agar, Anthony Perkins and Alwie Tjipto (2012) highlights the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of using solar-assisted power in dialysis services. Please use the link below to access the article.

CJASN
October, 2021

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URGENT - COP26

HI

I wanted to say Hello! I'm Hayley Pinto - I have just joined CSH as the new Education and Training lead.

Hi everybody,please forgive...

Hi everybody, please forgive my not-perfect English, I try to do my best. I am Italian and work in a hemodialysis ward since 10 years. My never-solved problem is what the hell to do with Acid Concentrates (with or without acetic acid) leftovers. It's been discussed in my ward, there was a time when we just used to pour it into the sink, but some collegues moaned about the smell and eventual side effects for health. And now the hospital obliges us to put the bag with the leftovers and the used bicarbonate cartridges in a special bin which goes directly to the incineration ...

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