Latest NHS Kidney Care Updates
February 22, 2013
Patient Decision Aid now available as mobile app
The Established Kidney Failure Patient Decision Aid from the NHS Shared Decision Making Programme is now available to download and use as a mobile app for Apple and Android mobile phones. NHS Kidney Care is supporting more than 20 renal units across the country to embed Patient Decision Aids (PDAs) for Established Kidney Failure including transplant and dialysis . Patients who need to make a decision about renal replacement therapy will be identified and referred to the PDAs, before offering patients the opportunity at subsequent appointments to discuss any questions or concerns that have arisen.
The app is available to download on this page of the Right Care website.
Care plans commended by Chief Nursing Officer
Oxford kidney unit has been praised by chief nursing officer Jane Cummings, after introducing hand held care plans as part of a national NHS Kidney Care project to embed shared decision making. The care plans were commended for embodying the 6 C’s framework and supporting ‘no decision about without me’. NHS Kidney Care held an e-seminar to share learning from the project and offer other units tips and advice for implementing hand held care plans.
Listen to the NHS Kidney Care e-seminar sharing learning from the project here.
Major report on care planning for people with long-term conditions
A new report has launched with key learning from a national NHS Kidney Care to embed care planning in renal units. Deciding together: Care planning in long term conditions describes how the units tested how care planning principles apply to people with kidney disease attending specialist adult and children services, and how these principles can be embedded in service provision. Patient involvement can help enhance quality of life for people with long-term conditions and ensure that people have a positive experience of care.
Download the report on Deciding together: Care planning in long term conditions here.
New mobile application launched to help clinicians diagnose and manage Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
A new mobile application to help prevent and manage AKI (acute kidney injury) has been launched by The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) and NHS Kidney Care. The AKI app features an interactive exploration of the classification, diagnosis, and management of AKI, a major safety risk for patients. It has been designed to be particularly useful to junior doctors, who often have to assess patients with AKI on a daily basis. The AKI app is free of charge and available on the iPad, iPhone, and Android. Find and download it in the App Store and Android Market.
Kidney disease management guide provides practical help
NHS Kidney Care has contributed to an informative book developed with input from clinical renal experts to help those caring for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Kidney Disease Management: A Practical Approach for Non–Specialists is aimed at a range of professionals, including nurses, junior doctors, general practitioners, pharmacists and dieticians, as well as specialists in training. The book uses best practice to highlight the practical considerations necessary to care for people with kidney problems in situations where a specialist practitioner is not always required or immediately available.
More information and a preview of the book is available on Amazon.