Latest Kidney Care Updates

Expressions of interest sought for projects to improve care planning and timely listing for transplantation

NHS Kidney care is seeking expressions of interest from renal units to work with the national team on two separate projects.  One aims to develop care planning in adult and children’s services. The other aims to reduce time to listing for kidney transplantation in adult services.

Support is available for each project with funding for up to two days per week for a senior nurse (band 6 or 7) within the unit from September 2011 until March 2012. Applications will be considered if units wish to submit an alternative innovative approach.  Shared learning will be an essential component of the project and NHS Kidney Care will be evaluating both the process and outcomes.

The closing date for applications is 30 June 2010. See here for more information on the care planning project and here for details of the timely listing project.

Dialysis patients’ views on the importance of choice

Self-care, care at home and home dialysis offer real benefits for kidney patients. They link closely to the vision of an NHS that is organised around patients, giving them more choice, convenience and control over their care. However, there are differences between renal units across the country and some patients find it much easier than others to receive dialysis at home.

In January 2011, NHS Kidney Care held an event in partnership with the National Kidney Federation for home haemodialysis patients and carers from across England. Its aim was to help identify and understand what support and information they needed and how services could be improved to meet their requirements.

Download a report summarising the main themes emerging from the event

New guide supports clinical recording activity in renal units

NHS Kidney Care has produced a guide for clinicians, coders and information system managers working with renal units to ensure that patients’ diagnoses and treatments are recorded accurately. It has been developed with Hugh Cairns, consultant nephrologist and chair of the NHS Information Centre’s Expert Working Group.

Recording accurate information about the treatment patients receive underpins the provision of high quality, safe and efficient care. Additionally, with the introduction of Payment by Results for dialysis in April 2011, it is more important than ever that renal services are coded accurately.

Improved coding will also support the development of the National Renal Dataset (NRD) by ensuring information from different networks is accurate and comparable, supporting improvements in the quality, safety and cost effectiveness of renal services for all patients.

Download the guide

Patient-held kidney care plans improve care

Patient-held care plans are known to increase concordance with treatment and improve patient satisfaction. The renal team at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead recently trialled care plans for ‘low clearance’ CKD patients, based on the NHS Kidney Care national kidney care plan template.

Thirty patients were selected at random to trial the care plan for three months with very encouraging results.  81% of patients reported that they believed the plan had improved their care.  76% thought the plan was useful or extremely useful.

Read more about the Royal Free Hospitals kidney care plans