Kidney Care

A new Sustainable Kidney Care Committee has been set up within UK Kidney Association (UKKA), in partnership with CSH and the Sustainable Healthcare Coalition. The aim of this committee is to develop and implement a framework to support UK renal services to meet the NHS net zero goal. The main objective is to inspire and empower members of the kidney care community to take action for sustainability. 
If you would like to find out more about the work of the committee please see https://ukkidney.org/sustainable-kidney-care-committee.

Please join the CSH Sustainable Kidney Care network to get involved - share ideas, successes, questions and resources.

History

In 2009, CSH partnered with the Renal Association, the British Renal Society, the NHS Sustainable Development Unit and industry partners to set up the Green Nephrology programme to support sustainable kidney care.

The Green Nephrology programme successfully implemented:

  • Green Nephrology Summits (sponsored by Baxter Healthcare, NHS Kidney Care and the Association of Renal Industries)
  • Green Nephrology Fellowships (sponsored by NHS Kidney Care, the Association of Renal Industries and private donations)
  • Green Nephrology Network of local representatives - encompassing >80% of UK renal units.

Working intensively in kidney care, Green Nephrology created a model of clinical transformation to inspire all clinical specialties. Leadership from kidney doctors is producing a cultural shift to include sustainability as an integral part of quality. Because of the partnership created between the clinicians, NHS management and industry, sustainable best practice is brought together to inform service redesign, commissioning and procurement, ensuring a far greater impact than could be made through a series of independent projects. 

Outputs from Green Nephrology include a comparative carbon footprint of haemodialysis provided at home vs. in-centre, as well as a carbon footprint of a local renal service and case studies of local green initiatives. The work is viewed as groundbreaking in the field of sustainable healthcare and has been published in a number of peer-reviewed medical journals, including Nephron International, the Quarterly Journal of Medicine and Haemodialysis International.

Photo of Green Nephrology Awards presentation in 2012