17/12/10

Latest Kidney Care Updates

New improving choice film

NHS Kidney Care has launched a third film in a series that highlights patients’ experiences on home dialysis. The latest film tells the story of Stuart and Jean Segal, and although it clearly shows the benefits Stuart has enjoyed since starting home haemodialysis, it also highlights the struggle his wife Jean has faced in taking on the role of carer. All three films are designed a useful resources in educating patients about the realities of home therapies.

The films are all available on the NHS Kidney care website.

New CQUIN for Acute Kidney Injury

NHS Kidney Care has been working with the Department of Health and Donal O’Donoghue, National Clinical Director for Kidney Care, to produce an example CQUIN for acute kidney injury (AKI). The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) payment framework makes a proportion of providers’ income conditional on quality and innovation, and the AKI CQUIN incorporates NICE guidance on the recognition and management of acute illness and aims to support better risk assessment, prevention and detection. This work complements other projects NHS Kidney Care is involved in to improve the prevention, recognition and management of AKI, including working with the AKI Delivery group, supporting the development of the North London AKI network, carrying out a capacity survey, and producing a health economic impact.

The example CQUIN can be viewed here.