A carbon footprint study of a UK renal service published in QJM this month confirms the importance of tackling supply chain emissions, revealing that the procurement of goods and services accounts for 72% of the carbon impact of kidney care. Within procurement, the majority of emissions are attributable to pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and waste services. Authored by Green Nephrology Fellow, Dr Andy Connor, and colleagues, this is the first carbon footprint study of an individual specialty service.
Green Nephrology Summit 2010 - Registration now open
Registration is now open for the Green Nephrology Summit 2010 - to be held in Birmingham on September 24th. Attendance is free but places are limited. Speakers include Sir Muir Gray, David Pencheon, Donal O’Donoghue and Charlie Tomson, and the programme includes Masterclasses and Workshops on topics important to the Green Nephrology Programme. Find out more
Kidney care has this year become the first clinical specialty to address its environmental impact, with the creation of a “Green Nephrology” programme. The aim of the programme is to support the transformation to sustainable kidney care, while improving quality and efficiency. It is delivered through a partnership between the Renal Association, the British Renal Society, NHS Kidney Care, the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, the National Kidney Federation, the Association of Renal Industries and Baxter Healthcare, led and supported by the Campaign for Greener Healthcare www.greenerhealthcare.org
All renal units in England, Wales and Scotland have been invited to put forward a Green Nephrology local representative: find out if your unit is represented here. Local representatives are encouraged to work with their team and with a patient representative from the KPA to develop a green action plan for the unit – and support the 10:10 campaign by using the 10:10 Renal Unit Checklist (see below). They are also invited to develop case studies and how-to guides to add to the Green Nephrology resource bank.
Green Nephrology Resources:
More resources available from: www.greenerhealthcare.org/nephrology-resources
Published literature on the greening of kidney care can be found at: www.sustainabilityforhealth.net/renal
About the Green Nephrology programme:
Green Nephrology Summit
The programme began on 25 February 2009 with the first Green Nephrology Summit - a day of discussion, learning and planning, which explored a new vision for kidney care in the future, and brought together a group of individuals committed to transforming the service for sustainability – including the National Clinical Director for Kidney Care, Donal O’Donoghue. Areas addressed included commissioning and Payment By (Sustainable!) Results, teleclinics, home or near-patient treatments, partnership with suppliers, and best practice in reducing waste from around the country.
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Green Nephrology Fellowship
NHS Kidney Care is generously funding a one-year Out of Programme Experience for a Specialist Trainee in renal medicine, who started in the new post in September 2009. Dr Andy Connor is seconded to the Campaign for Greener Healthcare and is working full time on Green Nephrology, while undertaking a Masters by Research at the University of Warwick. Since taking up the Fellowship, Andy’s first priority has been to find Local Representatives for individual kidney units and carry out an online survey, the results of which are helping to shape the programme. He is now working with Local Representatives (staff and patients) to develop case studies of good practice and educate the wider renal community on sustainability. Over the coming months, the Programme will be examining the carbon footprint of renal services. Andy will also be collaborating with policy makers to encourage sustainable commissioning and with the renal industry to promote sustainable procurement.
For further information, please visit www.greenerhealthcare.org/green-nephrology, or contact: