What will respiratory medicine look like in 5 years’ time, when carbon rationing is re-shaping the NHS? Do you want to take a lead in that transformation?
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is starting an exciting project, funded by GlaxoSmithKline, to improve the environmental sustainability of respiratory medicine, focusing in particular on COPD. We wish to appoint a healthcare professional in respiratory medicine for a one-year period, as a clinical lead.
In May 2011, the BMA Medical Fair and Ethical Trade Group launched new guidelines on ethical procurement for health. TheEthical procurement for health: workbook helps procurers in the health and social care sector include consideration of labour standards throughout the procurement and market engagement processes.
The UK National Ecosystems Assessment has just produced a report which highlights the ‘hidden value’ of nature and has produced economic benefits onto various aspects of the natural environment. Highlights of the report which provide further evidence as to the importance of the work of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, most notably the NHS Forest, is the following:“The health benefits of living with a view of a green space are worth up to £300 per person per year”.
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
Four leading medical institutions have demonstrated their commitment to cutting carbon by signing up to the 10:10 Campaign. The Royal College of GPs, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children have all signed up to the target of cutting emissions by 10% over 12 months.
As the last shuttle mission is completed and Atlantis finally gets retired to a museum are you going to have to join the queue at Baikonur Cosmodrome to get into outer space from now on? Well perhaps not if you live in the Coventry or Doncaster areas.
The National Institute for Health Research has published its carbon reduction guidelines for health researchers. The guidelines identify areas where sensible research design can reduce waste without adversely impacting on the validity and reliability of research, and invite researchers to consider the environmental impact of proposed interventions.
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