Dr Udaya Udayaraj gives an update on the work of the Chronic Kidney Disease Health Integration Team over the last year.
The Chronic Kidney Disease Health Integration Team (CKD HIT) is a team of clinical staff and patients, working together to improve outcomes and care for people with kidney disease. Up to 13 per cent of the UK adult population is affected by chronic kidney disease.
We have been setting up a telephone clinic for CKD and kidney transplant patients, to provide more convenient care requiring less travel. We are working with NIHR CLAHRC West on a feasibility study for the service and to evaluate its financial savings, patient satisfaction and carbon footprint. Support from the West of England AHSN is helping us to deliver the project.
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is sudden damage to the kidneys that disrupts their function. The estimated annual cost of AKI is over £1 billion, while 20 per cent of AKI cases are thought to be predictable or avoidable. Our AKI working group has developed a patient information leaflet and have provided training to medical and nursing staff in Southmead Hospital to improve management of AKI. We are working in collaboration with other trusts to improve AKI care in the region.
Our education programme on AKI, CKD and hypertension management for nurses and allied health care professionals in primary care is now up and running. The first study day in February 2016 was well attended and we’ll deliver more throughout the year.
We’ve set up a page on our website that consolidates CKD and AKI research in the region, to help co-ordinate and publicise local work.