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The Patient Information Sub-committee aims to develop and maintain a high quality patient information resource for use by kidney doctors, patients, families and carers in the UK. The work is carried out in partnership with Kidney Care UK

Current Activity

The first round of leaflets have now been published – see below. This includes a leaflet on Pregnancy and Chronic Kidney Disease to tie in with 2018’s World Kidney Day theme of Kidney Disease and Women’s Health.

Several further leaflets are currently in progress, including those on Commonly Used Drugs, Myth Busters and Mental Health.

Suggests for future topics are welcome. See below for contact details.

Patient Information Leaflets

Online versions of the current leaflets can be found below. Printable versions are available from

A Healthy Diet and Lifestyle for Your Kidneys

Choosing Not to Have Dialysis

Choosing to Stop Dialysis

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Dialysis Away From Home

Exercise and Keeping Fit

Fluid Balance – written by the Renal Nutrition Group


Kidney Biopsy

Living Kidney Donation

Pregnancy and Chronic Kidney Disease – written by the Pregnancy and CKD Rare Disease Group

Welfare Benefits

Patient Editorial Board

The Renal Association/Kidney Care UK Patient Editorial Board are a vital component of the Patient Information Leaflet project. Their remit is to:

  • Review draft leaflets
  • Provide suggestions for future topics
  • Raise awareness of the project among fellow kidney patients

The expertise of the following individuals is gratefully acknowledged:

  • Sue Lyon

Clinical Sub-Committee Membership

  • Matt Bottomley, Renal Registrar
  • Paul Bristow, Kidney Care UK Director of Marketing and Communication
  • Claire Brooker, Renal Deititian
  • Wendy Brown, Renal Nursing specialist
  • Clare Castledine, Adult Consultant Nephrologist
  • Melanie Dillon, Secretariat and Administration Support
  • Jan Dudley, Vice Chair & Paediatric Nephrologist
  • Fiona Duthie, Renal Registrar
  • Nevine El-Sherbini, Renal Deititian
  • Louise Hankinson, Clinical Psychologist
  • Fiona Loud, Kidney Care UK Policy Director
  • Clare Morlidge, Renal Pharmacist
  • Alexandra Rankin, Adult Consultant Nephrologist
  • Rebecca Suckling Chair & Adult Consultant Nephrologist
  • Liz Wallin, Renal Registrar
  • Harriet Williams, Renal Deititian

Renal Unit Reviewers

The expertise of the following individuals is gratefully acknowledged:

  • Gerald Glancey, Consultant Nephrologist, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
  • Rachel Hilton, Consultant Nephrologist, Guy’s  &  St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jonathan Murray, Consultant Nephrologist, South Tees NHS Foundation Trust


Melanie Dillon – Operations Manager –


Guidelines for Authors

Terms of Reference  – this is currently being revised

Additional Sources of Information

Kidney Care UK (formerly known as The British Kidney Patient Association) was established in 1975 and works to improve the quality of life for adults and children with kidney disease. Kidney Care UK provides information and advice. They also give grants to help patients and families with kidney disease for the purpose of covering the costs of domestic bills, hospital travel, education and holidays during times of financial hardship. Kidney Care UK also gives financial support to kidney units throughout the UK to help improve kidney services and patient care.


 InfoKid provides information for parents and carers about kidney conditions in babies, children and young people. They provide information about conditions, tests, treatments and supporting information – on screen or in downloadable leaflets.


RareRenal provides patient and clinician information on rare kidney diseases that are eligible for inclusion in the RaDaR rare disease registry. The site also contains information about nationally appointed expert groups (Rare Disease Groups; RDGs) and advertises patient information days and social media groups concerned with rare kidney diseases.


Think Kidneys increases awareness of the prevention, detection and treatment of acute kidney injury(AKI) for health and care professionals. Their website includes information for patients and members of the public.