About the Renal Association arrow_drop_down

The Renal Association is the professional body for United Kingdom nephrologists (renal physicians, or kidney doctors) and renal scientists in the UK.

From its foundation in 1950, the Renal Association has been active in promoting and disseminating research that may ultimately improve outcomes for patients with kidney disease. The Association has also taken a leading role in the education of clinicians and scientists interested in kidney disease. More recently, it has become more active in issues around training of doctors and the planning and development of clinical services. The Association has become increasingly aware of the importance of healthcare delivery by a multidisciplinary team and is affiliated with the British Renal Society, the umbrella organisation for healthcare and patient organisations with an interest in kidney disease.

In January 2010 The British Association of Paediatric Nephrology became a division of The Renal Association.

Legal Status The Renal Association is registered in England & Wales as Company 2229663, limited by guarantee and registered as charity number 800733.

The Renal Association Mission Statement

“Improving lives by supporting professionals in the delivery of kidney care and research”

Supporting Statements

  • Leadership and Professional advice. Providing professional leadership and advice to the NHS and health system leaders in the UK in order to facilitate optimal service delivery for patients with kidney disease.
  • Research. Supporting delivery of all aspects of kidney research
  • Education and Training. Nurturing professional development of clinicians and researchers in the kidney community.
  • Registry Audit and Quality Improvement.  Enabling comparative audit of patient care and outcomes through the UK Renal Registry to assure and drive improvement in the quality of kidney services
  • Patient enablement. Working in partnership with patients, careers and organisations to promote patient engagement and involvement in their own healthcare.
  • Communications. Developing the RA and our membership to influence and increase impact.
  • Guidelines. Delivering evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to drive excellence in the care of patients with kidney disease

Officers and administration

The Association has an elected President and Vice Presidents and other Trustees who are appointed from within and external to the Membership. The Executive Committee has eight additional elected members, and includes the immediate past President and representatives of various bodies. Day to day affairs are conducted with advice from committees; clinical issues are  addressed by the Clinical Affairs Board and academic and research issues by the Academic Affairs Board.

The Renal Association AGM is held at the annual conference. The Annual Reports listed below give a summary of the year’s activities including a the Financial Report.

Strategic Plan

A statement from Dr Graham Lipkin, President – July 2018

Help us Develop Your Renal Association’s New Strategy
Please answer 3 quick questions
1. What does the Renal Association currently do well?
2. What areas of delivery could the RA improve on?
3. Tell us what areas RA should focus on in the next 3 years?
Email responses to: renal@renal.org

The Renal Association which includes the Registry and the professional arm has led the UK Renal community in delivering major innovations, in service, audit and research almost since birth of the NHS.

As incoming President I ask for your support to help mould the RA Strategy to meet the needs of all today’s kidney clinicians in order to support our patients.

The RA Trustees, Executive and members are passionate about providing professional leadership and professional development of its members. It guides expert care through evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, national comparative audit (Registry) and quality improvement (KQUIP ). It will maintain focus on facilitating research whilst enabling patients through partnership working, improved service, patient information and reporting patient experience.

We are committed to: Increasing the value and scope of RA membership through:
• Partnership working with patients and multi-professional kidney clinicians
• Focus on inclusion and support for registrars, younger nephrologists and diversity
• Providing modern approaches to professional development
• Further optimising outputs from the Registry, Patient view, Radar

Help us develop your RA direction for the next 3 years by contributing to its strategy development

Honorary members

Honorary members are elected by the membership in recognition of outstanding contribution to British nephrology generally, and to the Renal Association in particular.

BAPN Honorary MembersRA Honorary Members
M DillonE Ritz
A HowieT Feest
R BailodD Kerr
A MurphyN Mallick
R PostlethwaiteC van Ypersele
M BarrattD Williams
S RigdenG Williams
G ArneilW Asscher
S CameronJ S Cameron
T BrocklebankS Peart
J SmellieJP Grunfeld
M Taylor
R Trompeter
M McGraw
K Verrier-Jones
A Watson
R White
T Chambers
C Chantler
M Coulthard
L Jadresic
P Houtmann

Annual Reports

File Type Size Date  
2017 Renal Association Annual Report pdf 4.59 MB 12/06/2018 play_for_workDownload
2016 Renal Association Annual Report pdf 4.19 MB 09/06/2017 play_for_workDownload
2015 Renal Association Annual Report pdf 5.32 MB 08/06/2016 play_for_workDownload
2014 Renal Association Annual Report pdf 1.95 MB 26/05/2015 play_for_workDownload
2013 Renal Association Annual Report pdf 1.50 MB 25/04/2014 play_for_workDownload
2012 Renal Association Annual Report pdf 859.74 KB 23/04/2013 play_for_workDownload
2011 Renal Association Annual Report pdf 4.08 MB 24/08/2013 play_for_workDownload
2010 Renal Association Annual Report pdf 5.47 MB 24/08/2013 play_for_workDownload
2009 Renal Association Annual Report pdf 8.44 MB 24/08/2013 play_for_workDownload
2008 Renal Association Annual Report pdf 8.41 MB 24/08/2013 play_for_workDownload
2007 Renal Association Annual Report pdf 3.40 MB 24/08/2013 play_for_workDownload

Annual General Meeting

File Type Size Date  
2017 AGM Minutes pdf 612.96 KB 17/07/2017 play_for_workDownload
2016 AGM Minutes pdf 1.05 MB 04/08/2016 play_for_workDownload
2015 AGM Minutes pdf 1.02 MB 30/07/2015 play_for_workDownload
2014 AGM Minutes pdf 654.76 KB 04/08/2014 play_for_workDownload
2013 AGM Minutes pdf 289.48 KB 04/04/2014 play_for_workDownload
2012 AGM Minutes pdf 222.45 KB 24/08/2013 play_for_workDownload
2011 AGM Minutes pdf 133.75 KB 24/08/2013 play_for_workDownload
2010 Extraordinary General Meeting Minutes pdf 60.61 KB 24/08/2013 play_for_workDownload
2010 AGM Minutes pdf 103.33 KB 24/08/2013 play_for_workDownload
2009 AGM Minutes pdf 82.31 KB 24/08/2013 play_for_workDownload
2008 AGM Slides pdf 371.61 KB 24/08/2013 play_for_workDownload
2008 AGM Minutes pdf 47.39 KB 24/08/2013 play_for_workDownload
2008 AGM Agenda pdf 48.74 KB 24/08/2013 play_for_workDownload