The Renal Association is the professional body for United Kingdom nephrologists (renal physicians, or kidney doctors) and renal scientists in the UK.
From its foundation in 1950, the Renal Association has been active in promoting and disseminating research that may ultimately improve outcomes for patients with kidney disease. The Association has also taken a leading role in the education of clinicians and scientists interested in kidney disease. More recently, it has become more active in issues around training of doctors and the planning and development of clinical services. The Association has become increasingly aware of the importance of healthcare delivery by a multidisciplinary team and is affiliated with the British Renal Society, the umbrella organisation for healthcare and patient organisations with an interest in kidney disease.
In January 2010 The British Association of Paediatric Nephrology became a division of The Renal Association.
The objectives of the Association are:
- To advance, collate and disseminate knowledge of renal structure and function
- To seek means for the prevention and treatment of renal disorders
- To deal with any matters concerning the welfare of patients with renal diseases and the organisation of services for their relief
Legal Status The Renal Association is registered in England & Wales as Company 2229663, limited by guarantee and registered as charity number 800733.
Officers and administration
The Association has an elected President and Vice Presidents. The Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer are appointed. The Executive Committee has eight additional elected members, and includes the immediate past President and representatives of various bodies.The full membership can be accessed by clicking this link Executive. Day to day affairs are conducted with advice from committees;clinical issues are addressed by the Clinical Affairs Board and academic and research issues by the Academic Affairs Board.
The Renal Association AGM is held at the annual conference. The Annual Reports listed below give a summary of the year’s activities and include the financial report from the Honorary Treasurer.
The Trustees undertook a review of the Renal Association’s future objectives and developed a strategic plan. Prioritisation of the key objectives for the Renal Association, as outlined in this report, has resulted from reflection on the changes within the Association, consideration of current and future challenges for our organisation and its members, and prediction of factors that might enable or constrain our ability to deliver successfully in a reasonable timeframe. We have been mindful of the need to reconsider the objectives should the external environment dictate. The process of strategic planning took place in parallel with a series of discussions with the British Renal Society (BRS) around the topic of future joint projects. Delivery of some of the Renal Association’s objectives will require engagement of the broader multidisciplinary team and will only be achievable through better alignment of the two organisations. Please download the Strategic Plan from the Download List below.
Honorary members are elected by the membership in recognition of outstanding contribution to British nephrology generally, and to the Renal Association in particular.
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