Has your kidney unit successfully introduced a green change? Help us to share and celebrate your achievements by entering the Green Nephrology Awards 2012, organised in partnership with NHS Kidney Care. Shortlisted entries will be exhibited in poster format at the Green Nephrology Summit on 26 September, and will be included in a themed issue of NHS Kidney Care’s e-newsletter, Kidney Care Matters. Awards for outstanding entries will be presented at the Summit. Closing date: 10 September 2012.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has produced a pioneering policy report that establishes the interconnections between two urgent challenges in the 21st Century. The report explores the critical connections between diabetes and climate change and identifies the opportunity to combat these challenges together through the health co-benefit approach.
The Centre's Sustainable Respiratory Care group will lead research on why the UK continues to use inhalers with a much higher carbon footprint than other European countries.
Following the Montreal protocol banning the use of CFC gases in 1987, many countries moved directly to a new technology for inhalers based on Dried Powder (DPIs) while the UK still prescribes a majority of metered dose inhalers (MDIs) which use powerful greenhouse gases.
The Green Nephrology Programme successfully bid for funding for the Heat Exchangers project from 10:10 in 2011. The objective is to save energy and carbon in kidney care by encouraging retrofitting of heat exchangers to dialysis machines in use nationwide - following the example of the Kent renal service. As a result of our contact, a number of units are now developing the business case for investing in retrofitting their machines.
Some of you have asked whether you can donate money to help our work. We have always accepted cheques, but The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) has now signed up to Just Giving to make it easier for you to donate small amounts on a regular basis.
CSH is a very small charity, and funding for our core costs is entirely provided by donations and project-focused support. You can help us work to safeguard the future of health and healthcare by contributing to our funding. Please take 5 minutes to donate - any amount will help! Thank you.
A competition including a brief intervention, designed by CSH has had an immediate impact at Whittington, including going from 0 - 60 bags of waste recycled per week in one operating theatre. Hugh Montgomery, climate expert and Whittington clinician, inspired 3 departments to compete for cash and energy-saving prizes which have just been awarded.
The concept of "Carbon Sustainable Ophthalmology" was explored on 15th May at a satellite meeting of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The event was organised by specialist trainee Aditi Das from Leeds, working with ophthalmic surgeon and consultant in community eye health, Mr Andy Cassels-Brown. As a first 'sustainable specialty' meeting, it was impressive in the quantity of relevant data presented - including a carbon footprint study of cataract surgery.
The Kings Fund has published two papers on environmentally sustainable health and social care. Both reports are based on a literature review and stakeholder consultation carried out by The King’s Fund on behalf of the National Institute for Health Research and the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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