Health professionals

If you're a health professional involved with kidney patients, Kidney Care UK offers resources to support your work, from free patient information materials to CPD webinars and services.

  • £9.5 million

    invested to improve patient care and services across the UK in the last 10 years
  • 300 health professionals

    trained in shared haemodialysis care, thanks to the national Shared Care Programme
  • 1,499 patients

    provided with grants to help relieve financial pressure at a time of need in 2022
Hospital Grants

Funding for innovative patient support projects

Kidney Care UK's Hospital Grants fund a wide range of patient projects, equipment, and staff posts such as renal social workers, physiotherapists, renal counsellors and youth workers. Over the past ten years we've funded care and service improvements in over 70 hospitals providing over £9.5m in funding.
Apply for a Hospital Grant

Kidney patient care improvement projects funded by Kidney Care UK

  • Shared haemodialysis care

    In recent years, it has become more common for dialysis patients to take an active role in their care. Tania Barnes, Shared Haemodialysis Care Training and Network Lead, explains what shared haemodialysis care involves, the aspects of care that patients can participate in, and the benefits.

  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programme

    Carrie Scuffell, Lead Nurse for enhanced recovery in transplantation, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NHS, explains how a grant of £103,740 from Kidney Care UK has enabled Freeman Hospital to introduce an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programme for kidney transplant patients.

  • The Difficult Conversations booklet

    Difficult Conversations is a guide for kidney health professionals having conversations with people with kidney failure, and their family members, about treatment and care.

  • Hidden CKD: identifying early disease in high-risk communities

    The Hidden-CKD project is a collaboration between NHS healthcare professionals, charity organisations and a communications agency. It was set up to reduce inequalities in kidney health among the African and Afro-Caribbean community.

  • “Complementary therapy is about improving and enhancing the quality of life for patients”

    Janet Cairnie is a lead complementary therapist practitioner working in the renal unit at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. She recruits and trains other professional volunteer therapists.

  • Young Adult Kidney Group: the online community for kidney patients aged 16-30

    Young adults living with kidney disease can access free online peer support from the Young Adult Kidney Group (YAKG). It's easy to sign up and join the friendly, welcoming community.

Order FREE patient information resources

Kidney Care UK's patient information is produced on behalf of and with the kidney community, in partnership with the UK Kidney Association. All our booklets are free to read online or download, or you can order free printed copies for your unit. We also have free fistula wristbands and 'Put a lid on it' fistula keyrings available to order.
See our patient information range

Kidney disease resources for parents and families

infoKID is an information resource about kidney conditions in babies, children and young people, created in partnership with the British Association for Paediatric Nephrology.

infoKID website

Improving kidney patient peer support

Download a copy of Establishing and Maintaining a Peer Support Programme – A Toolkit for Implementation, designed by Professor of Kidney Care Nicola Thomas and Renal Nurse Consultant Eleri Wood to help units establish and maintain a peer support programme for people living with kidney disease.
Peer support resources