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Andy Nichols   Dr.  University Lecturer 
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Andy Nichols published an article in April 2016.
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Janet Richardson

76 shared publications

School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth Plymouth United Kingdom

Sabine Pahl

51 shared publications

School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK

Jane Grose

12 shared publications

Plymouth University, UK

Maria Bennallick

1 shared publications

Faculty of Health, Education and Society, University of Plymouth, 010, 8 Portland Villas, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK

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Article 13 Reads 2 Citations Achieving cost and carbon savings in neonatal practice: A review of the literature on sustainable waste management Andy Nichols, Jane Grose, Rumbidzai Mukonoweshuro Published: 01 April 2016
Journal of Neonatal Nursing, doi: 10.1016/j.jnn.2016.01.002
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Article 5 Reads 0 Citations Physical space and its impact on waste management in the neonatal care setting Andrew Nichols, Sean Manzi Published: 12 May 2014
Journal of Infection Prevention, doi: 10.1177/1757177414531632
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This paper reports an investigation intended to obtain some understanding of how the working environment might influence the practice and knowledge of those involved in the management of healthcare waste. The National Health Service (NHS) has a continuing waste problem, and the way it manages waste harms the environment and consumes resources. It has been estimated that the carbon footprint of the NHS in England is approximately 20 million tons of CO2e. It has been suggested that better waste segregation could lead to more effective recycling, saving up to 42,000 tonnes of CO2. This qualitative study employed non-participant observation and semi-structured interviews. The interviews were carried out with the key informants within the participating neonatal intensive care unit. Findings from this study indicate that space and the physical arrangement of the environment are significant and influential factors in clinical practice. Where the clinical environment is not supportive, poor infection control and waste management practice is likely to occur. However, proximity of staff caused by a lack of physical space might facilitate situated learning and a collective development of knowledge in practice. The implementation of sustainable waste management practices would be more likely to succeed in an environment that facilitates correct waste segregation.
Article 0 Reads 3 Citations Sustainable healthcare waste management: a qualitative investigation of its feasibility within a county in the south wes... Andrew Nichols, Jane Grose, Maria Bennallick, Janet Richards... Published: 21 December 2012
Journal of Infection Prevention, doi: 10.1177/1757177412471411
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Article 0 Reads 7 Citations Facilitating Sustainable Waste Management Behaviors Within the Health Sector: A Case Study of the National Health Servic... Jane Grose, Maria Bennallick, Andrew Nichols, Sabine Pahl, J... Published: 12 April 2012
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su4040630
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Waste costs the National Health Service (NHS) £71.2 million in 2007/2008; recycling all papers, newspapers and cardboard produced by the NHS in England and Wales could save up to 42,000 tonnes of CO2. As the largest employer in the UK, the NHS is in a prime position to both lead the way towards a sustainable future, but also act as a test bed for organizational change and provide evidence of what works at an individual level to change attitudes and behavior. However these require changes in mindset, including values, attitudes, norms and behaviors which are required along with clear definitions of the problems faced in terms of economics, society and culture. Initial investigations of the literature indicate that behavior change theory may provide a feasible means of achieving constructive changes in clinical waste management; such approaches require further investigation. This paper describes a feasibility study designed to examine issues that might affect the introduction of a behavior change strategy and improve waste management in a healthcare setting. Guided by the evidence gained from our systematic review, 20 interviews were carried out with senior managers, clinicians and support staff involved in the management of healthcare waste from a broad range of agencies in South West England. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed for analysis. Thematic content analysis was conducted in order to identify key issues and actions. Data extraction, coding and analysis were cross checked independently by the four members of the research team. Initial findings suggest tensions, between Government and local policies, between packaging and storage space at ward level and, and between the operational requirements of infection control and maintaining appropriate and ethical patient care. These tensions increase pressures on staff already trying to maintain high quality care in a resource restricted and changing environment.
Article 1 Read 0 Citations Climate change, health and sustainability: a brief survey of primary care trusts in the south west of England. Andrew Nichols, Janet Richardson Published: 01 March 2011
Perspectives in Public Health,
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Article 0 Reads 3 Citations Climate change, health and sustainability: A brief survey of primary care trusts in the south west of England Andrew Nichols, Janet Richardson Published: 26 August 2010
Perspectives in Public Health, doi: 10.1177/1757913910379196
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