Latest NHS Kidney Care Updates

Trusts approved for national AKI audit- proof of concept project

More than 40 NHS Trusts across England have been commissioned by NHS Kidney Care to participate in the Acute Kidney Injury Audit of Outcomes and Care Processes – A Proof of Concept project. The project will run from September 2012 to March 2013.

The project will demonstrate the collection of consistently recorded information on AKI stage 3 through means of a comprehensive audit, so that providers and commissioners can better benchmark, assess and measure improvements in order to identify and share best practice. It will support the implementation of NICE guidance on the management of AKI, which is expected to be published in 2013.

For more information go to the latest edition of Hydration Matters.

NHS Kidney Care launches new report on the financial impact of CKD

NHS Kidney Care has launched a new report Chronic Kidney Disease in England: The Human and Financial Cost which highlights that chronic kidney disease (CKD) costs the NHS in England more than £1.4bn each year. The report has received a huge amount of interest in the national media with features within the BBC news website, The Times and the Health Service Journal.

To read the report, go to the NHS Kidney Care website.

New report to help ensure high quality care for kidney patients

NHS Kidney Care has launched a new report, ‘Quality and productivity in kidney services’, to help commissioners and providers of renal care ensure high quality care is achieved for kidney patients.

To read the report, click here.

Renal units urged to take part in 2012 patient transport audit

Renal units are being urged to participate in the 2012 patient transport survey, which will be carried out this October.

NHS Kidney Care is leading this year’s survey, which will take place over 17 and 18 October. Renal units will be asked to ensure all patients who travel to the unit for dialysis over those two days are asked to complete the survey. Renal unit managers will be emailed shortly to ask if they will participate in the survey.

For more information, click here.

Green Nephrology summit and awards 2012 – registrations open!

Renal units have until 10 September to enter this year’s green nephrology awards.

The awards have been developed by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, in partnership with NHS Kidney Care, to celebrate and share the achievements of renal units which have successfully introduced a green change in the last three years.

For more information on the awards and how to enter, click here.

Sign up for UK Renal Registry and NHS Kidney Care joint meeting

Renal clinical and informatics staff, including nurses and clinical biochemists, are invited to attend a meeting to discuss the developments and plans affecting the kidney community.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.

Motivational Interviewing study days

NHS Kidney Care is hosting a series of study days around the UK for healthcare professionals, which focus on Motivational Interviewing (MI).The session will enable delegates to gain insight into the skills of motivational interviewing for everyday practice, to help encourage patients to make positive lifestyle changes.

To register to attend the workshop, click here.

Who’s Who at NHS Kidney Care

We have a new section on the NHS Kidney Care website where you can find out who’s who in the team.

See the new page here.