The Green Nephrology Network brings together patients, clinicians, renal technicians, industry partners - and anyone else interested! - to share ideas for sustainable kidney care. Please join us - register via the link on the right of this page.
"Kidney care is an outstanding example of how a community of professionals and patients can not only talk about sustainable ways of prevention and care but actually start doing it." Dr David Pencheon OBE, Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit
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?
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.
All the units in the Green Nephrology Network are challenged to join in the Zero Waste Challenge 2012 - and let us know how much money and carbon they are saving by the end of the year!
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...
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.
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.
A carbon footprinting study published this month compares in-centre and home haemodialysis and highlights that the frequency of treatments has a big impact on carbon emissions. Curbing emissions will require the development of lower carbon technologies, sustainable procurement policies and efficient waste management. Read the full article here
From November 2010, I will take over from Andy Connor as the next Green Nephrology Fellow, I am both excited by the tremendous developments that have occurred in little over a year and slightly daunted at the prospect of taking on the mantle of "Fellow".