Delivering better oral health suggests that for all adults and children we should "maintain good dietary practices in line with The Balance of Good Health." This is another example which demonstrates that by practicing evidence based dentistry we may also be able to contribute to global sustainability.A new paper by Joseph Milner demonstrates how dietary change could significantly reduce the Greenhouse gas emissions of the average UK consumer. Joseph's paper shows if the "average UK dietary intake were optimised to comply with the WHO recommendations, he estimates an incidental reduction of 17% in GHG emissions. "
In April Healthcare Without Harm Europe published their report on the potential health risks associated endocrine disrupting chemicals in medical devices. Phthalates are commonly used to soften PVC-based medical devices and bisphenol A is used in many plastics some of which are found in medical devices.
The GMC has updated the online version of Tomorrow's Doctors to include a link to the priority learning outcomes for sustainable healthcare, developed by the SHE Network through a national consulatation in 2012-13.
An article in last week’s Oxford Mail reveals that Oxfordshire Health NHS Foundation Trust is planning to replace kitchens in five community hospitals with pre-heating of chilled meals cooked off-site. A campaign is now underway to save the hospital kitchens.
Providing fresh meals is healthier, preferred by staff and patients and a key part of treatment. It is also beneficial to the local economy.
What is Green Nephrology, why is it important to kidney patients, and how can patients, carers and local Kidney Patients' Associations get involved? CSH, the National Kidney Federation and members of this Network have been working together on a Green Nephrology patient leaflet, published today - NHS Sustainability Day 2015.
CSH has been involved in a great project with Central Bedfordshire to engage both the countryside access and health teams. We have helped develop robust health monitoring systems which will be evaluated by a newly established steering group. These will be used to determine the health benefits of taking part in exercise in nature. Part of the work involved reviewing the area’s health priorities and identifying existing green space projects which could be used to engage target health groups in the local population.
In March, as part of its inquiry on sustainability in the NHS, the UK Government’s Environmental Audit Committee held a public evidence session to examine sustainable development governance and operations. MPs questioned SDU’s Sonia Roschnik, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gina Radford and John Holden, head of Policy Partnerships & Innovation at the Department of Health on the extent to which the NHS is set up to deliver on the Sustainable Development Strategy and progress so far.
Ward and unit teams have been putting together innovative sustainability projects as part of the Green Ward Competition that has been running over the last six weeks at University College, London Hospitals. CSH has been supporting teams of nurses and doctors to implement green innovations in their settings and measure the environmental, social and financial impacts that result.
The RCPsych Awards mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry. Has your team made any improvements in sustainability? Or do you know any teams that could be entrants for the award in your area? Let them know!!
The deadline for entries is Monday, 20 April 2015.
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