12/09/19

Expressions of interest sought for multi-professional supportive care working group

Expressions of interest are sought for a multi-professional working group to optimise provision of care for people with end stage kidney disease approaching end of life.

Kidney care has made great progress in the last few years with increasing access to transplantation, an increase in numbers of biologic therapies and ever more successful screening and prevention strategies for the detection and treatment of renal impairment.

Despite this progress, we are increasingly aware of an older and frailer group of patients reaching advanced stage kidney disease late in life for whom the benefits of dialysis are uncertain, along with those receiving renal replacement therapy for whom quality of life rather than life extending treatments may be the principal focus of care.

Whilst much work is being done locally to optimise care at this stage of the patient journey, there is less of national profile for this work and its provision is often inadequate and inconsistent across regions.

The Renal Association and British Renal Society are therefore seeking to create a core steering group of interested individuals to optimise care in this area and to create a high level strategy with a view to creating a subsequent wider working group to deliver a national programme of work. It therefore seeks expressions of interest to join the core group.

If you would like to contribute to the group, please submit your expression of interest in the form of a short statement (max 500 words) outlining your reasons for applying, skills/knowledge/ experience & contribution you could make, along with a one page CV to the Renal Association secretariat by 4 October 2019.

Karen Jenkins

British Renal Society Vice President Clinical Practice
Co-Chair Kidney Patient Safety Committee
Consultant Nurse
Kent Kidney Care Centre

 

Katie Vinen

Renal Association Clinical Services Committee Chair
Consultant Nephrologist
King’s College Hospital