climate change and sustainability in healthcare
Do busy nursing staff really have time to save the planet as well as everything and everyone else? It might sound a herculean task, but small changes to existing habits and routines could save money and improve health outcomes.
World leaders are meeting in the UK to agree global action on climate change at the UN climate change conference COP26. As Britain’s largest employer, the NHS is responsible for around 4% of our national carbon emissions. The health service has a goal to reduce emissions by 80% by 2028-2032, and to net zero by 2040. So, healthcare staff have a role to play.
Sustainability in healthcare is care that can be delivered in a manner that is conscientious of resources, the disposal of waste, and single-use items. Here we examine ways that nursing professionals can make a big difference.
Award winner’s tips for a successful campaign to reduce PPE use and gain staff support
Unions have stressed need to consider cost and staff safety – especially for shift workers
These easy adjustments to your routine could save energy and cut emissions
A new course teaches nurses to be champions of patients, colleagues and the profession
Understand the ways climate change can aggravate asthma, COPD and cardiovascular disease
How to share your knowledge of greener practice with the whole nursing team
Our podcast guests discuss how they are making their university course more sustainable
RCN Nursing Award winner Robert Vicente’s tips on cutting waste while maintaining safety
Competition to take place at event in October, with £1,600 to develop the winning idea
Nurses see the impact of climate change on health – and we have the power to take action
Actions all healthcare staff can implement to be greener at work and at home
Simple changes every staff member can make, from virtual meetings to rethinking single-use