October Update from Kidney Research UK

NICE Guidance on Dialysis Options

As a firm advocate for patients making informed decisions about their care, Kidney Research UK has welcomed new guidance from NICE on dialysis options.

The new guidance recommends that patients, in discussion with their clinician, should be able to choose which type of dialysis is right for them and where they can have their treatment.

Director of Communications Peter Story said: “Kidney failure and the need to have dialysis can be an overwhelming prospect, which is why we recently invested in a study to understand how patients reach treatment decisions and how we could empower them further in this process.

“Our study led to the Dialysis Decision Aid booklet being created by the Yorkshire Dialysis Decision Aid research team in 2015. This is used by renal nurses across the UK who want to help their patients choose the form of dialysis that is most suitable for their needs.

NICE has recommended that after deciding which type of dialysis is right for them, the patient in consultation with their clinician, should be able to decide whether their treatment takes place at home or in hospital. This will also depend on local arrangements.

The independent NICE committee also agreed clinicians should consider offering haemodiafiltration (HDF) in the first instance to patients who opt for treatment in hospital.

Professor Hilary Bekker, Chair in Medical Decision Making at Leeds University said: “The Yorkshire Dialysis Decision Aid research team is delighted that the latest NICE guidance will help kidney staff proactively support patients and their families to make informed decisions between renal replacement therapies and conservative management options. We found patients using Kidney Research UK’s  Dialysis Decision Aid booklet had better knowledge about their chronic kidney disease, awareness of the dialysis options, reasoning about which option suited their life and that kidney professionals could use the decision aid within usual pre-dialysis education programmes.

“Using the Dialysis Decision Aid is likely to enable kidney professionals meet these new recommendations more effectively.”

The Dialysis Decision Aid booklet can be downloaded or requested by calling 0300 303 1100 – you can read the NICE guidelines here.

Kidney Research UK secures Joint Fellowship partnership with NIHR to advance research

Kidney Research UK has been chosen to partner with the National Institute for Health Research Academy, to offer jointly-funded Partnership Fellowships at Doctoral level – as part of the launch of the new NIHR Fellowship programme.

Dr Lisa Cotterill, NIHR Academy Chief Executive, explains: “Successful Partnership Researchers will become part of an active and supportive research community which can draw on the enormous benefits and opportunities that cross-sector working can bring, helping to grow the number of future research leaders in key health areas.”

Elaine Davies, Director of Research Operations at Kidney Research UK, said: “Together with NIHR’s support we will increase renal research capacity allowing us to fund even more of the very best research into tackling kidney disease. Our partnership addresses two strategic aims of the UK Renal Research Strategy, to support the training and development of all contributors to renal research and strengthen formal partnerships. Successful applicants will benefit from exposure to both our organisations, our networks and development opportunities.”

Intermediate (Formerly Post-Doctoral) Fellowships (non-clinical)*

The purpose of the award is to enable a two- to three-year post-doctoral scientist to specialise in renal research. Awards are made for a period up to three years. The salary will be based on the appropriate university scale with an allowance for consumables.

*This year, as part of our Intermediate Fellowship call, one award, jointly funded by Kidney Research UK and MedImmune, will also be available. If your project focuses on the following areas

  • Role of renal progenitor cells in regeneration
  • Developing markers of renal recovery (omics + bioinformatics)
  • Electrolyte transport in CKD development

and you would like to be part-funded and involved with MedImmune, please contact grants@kidneyresearchuk.org in the first instance and we will put you in touch with MedImmune for a preliminary discussion.