Latest Kidney Care Updates

Saving costs in transport services for dialysis patients

Patient transport services at Southend renal unit have been redesigned, resulting in significant cost savings and a more streamlined, reliable service that has been well-received by patients. The initiative is featured as a beacon of best practice as part of the NHS Evidence QIPP collection, and was the focus of a WebEx (online seminar) hosted by NHS Kidney Care in partnership with NICE and the National Institute. Patrick Harnett, consultant nephrologist at Southend, described the initiative during the WebEX, which was attended my more than 50 members of the kidney community, and generated lots of enthusiasm and discussion around the improvement of patient transport.

Download a recording of the WebEx, as well as the presentations, and participant feedback, here.

Updated QOF toolkit set to improve kidney services in primary care

NHS Kidney Care has extended and updated its CKD QOF (Quality and Outcomes Framework) toolkit, which will help emerging pathfinder consortia drive up service quality for patients with CKD and meet challenging QIPP efficiencies. The toolkit, which now includes data for 2009/2010 and the additional QOF indicator 6 for CKD, provides a number of measures to support the delivery of kidney services, including reported and expected prevalence, and performance against the QOF indicators for CKD.

It is available from the NHS Kidney Care website.

Supporting young adults with kidney disease literature review

A new literature review is now available on the NHS Kidney Care website, which examines the evidence base for models of young adult kidney care services in comparison with two other long term conditions (Juvenile Arthritis and Cystic Fibrosis). The literature review, which was commissioned as part NHS Kidney Care’s Supporting Young Adults with Kidney Disease project, found a wealth of evidence highlighting the problems faced by young adults with kidney disease, although evidence on the needs of young adults presenting directly at adult services was scarce.

The literature review is available as a slide set, and can be downloaded here.

New Patient Information Film on NHS Kidney Care Website

A film is now available on the NHS Kidney Care website, designed to help Black and African Caribbean kidney patients better manage their condition. The film was commissioned by NHS Kidney Care and produced by Kidney Research UK as part of the ‘Living with Kidney Disease’ series, which aims to support anyone who has been diagnosed with some level of kidney damage. The content of the film has been driven by patients who themselves are suffering from CKD and can provide a first hand view of their experiences.

The film is available to view here.