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.
Last year an excellent conference was held in London on the health and security perspectives of climate change http://climatechange.bmj.com/ where senior military officials and healthcare professionals joined forces for the first time around the urgency of climate change. The main speakers have now written articles to be published by the BMJ in a spotlight supplement.
I am now pleased to let you know that all seven articles are available on bmj.com ahead of the supplement in print which will be published on Saturday, 24 March 2012.
On the 24th January the NHS Forest launched the Tree Sponsorship Scheme at Guy's Hospital in London. Sponsoring a tree for your preferred hospital means that you can say thank you, celebrate a birth or remember someone's life through the giving of a tree. There are over 100 hospitals supporting the scheme, all of which are very keen to plant a significant number of trees. The wonderful aspect to running the scheme is that everyone sees the benefit, everyone wants to be involved and everyone wants to make it a huge success.
Want to demonstrate your support for the NHS Forest? Why not send all your colleagues, friends and family the NHS Forest Christmas card. For a small donation you can receive our bespoke Christmas card. Please contact email@example.com
Mother's Day is just around the corner. Planting a tree for your Mum is just the perfect gift. It will provide enjoyment, green space and cleaner air for generations to come. If you would like to sponsor a tree for the NHS Forest in your Mother's name click here and you or your Mum will receive a personalized Mother's Day certificate.
The General Medical Council has welcomed recommendations from the Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE) Network on priority learning outcomes for sustainable healthcare. Follow up plans are now being developed, including a wider consultation with medical schools and Royal Colleges.
This year the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is focusing on helping clinical specialties and organisations to cut their waste to save money and carbon. While we are involved with many longer term projects which will change systems and transform clinical practice, the fact is that there is still a shocking amount of waste within the system as it is now. We ought to be tackling this waste immediately as it is money down the drain and carbon into the air - and we can't afford either.
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.
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