16/12/11

Latest Kidney Care Updates

New film highlights benefits of young adult clinics

NHS Kidney Care has launched a new film that highlights the benefits of young adult clinics for patients with long term conditions. The film follows kidney patients from the Churchill Hospital (part of Oxford University Hospitals) as they attend a young adult clinic held in a local sports centre, which offers a friendly, informal space for patients to meet as a group outside the hospital environment. Learning from the Oxford young adult clinic is now set to be shared with other kidney units across England, as part of a national NHS Kidney Care project.

View the film here.

Supporting clinicians to improve quality of coding

A copy of NHS Kidney Care’s A guide to recording activity within renal units for national reporting has been sent to all nephrologists and kidney trainees in England. The report covers all the common aspects for coding episodes of clinical care, and clinicians are being encouraged to use the document to strengthen relationships with clinical coders in order to improve the quality of coding.

Download the report here.

Read a blog on the importance of clinical coding.

New how-to guide highlights innovative way to support GPs

NHS Kidney Care has launched a new how to-guide which highlights a scheme in South Tees to set up an email helpline for GPs. A single, memorable email address was created, which automatically forwards email queries from GPs about patients with CKD to all nephrologists in the region. A simple process is in place to ensure all queries are dealt with quickly, and each consultant spends no more than half an hour a month responding to emails. The system has been well-received by GPs and patients are spared unnecessary hospital referrals.

Read the how-to guide here.

CKD in ethnic minorities video wall

A film developed by Kidney Research UK in partnership with NHS Kidney Care is now available on the NHS Choices website. The ‘Living with kidney disease’ film provides information on CKD targeted specifically for people from black and ethnic minority groups, who are at increased risk of developing kidney disease. The film provides information on all aspects of CKD, including the causes, how diet and lifestyle can affect the kidneys, and how the condition can be managed.

View the video here.