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
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/.
You can now register for this year's annual get together of the Green Nephrology Network.
Kidney units are invited to share their local successes via this year's Green Nephrology Awards. Shortlisted entries will be presented in poster format at the CleanMed Europe conference 17-19th September (in Oxford), and at the Green Nephrology Summit on 25th September (at Guy’s Hospital in London). Awards for outstanding entries will be presented at the Summit.
The strap line for the new Green Dialysis website is "eco-dialysis… a more thoughtful future". http://greendialysis.org/ documents the eco-journey of the Barwon Health Renal Service, which began with helping home haemodialysis patients to cut their water bills.
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.
With less than 30 days to go to NHS Sustainability Day on Thursday 28th March the final countdown is on and today the nine award categories for this years event have been announced. All categories have been individually sponsored and each winning Trust will receive a unique trophy and be showcased on the website.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare may soon be appointing to a new Green Nephrology Fellowship, linked to “a highly visible demonstration project showcasing radical redesign of a clinical service to deliver sustainable patient-centred care”.
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.
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."