Chronic Kidney Disease / Home Therapies

The Renal Home Therapies project will identify the optimal care pathway for chronic renal dialysis patients and work to improve compliance across the region. In the first instance and with the support of industry partners a mapping exercise of the current provision of services will be completed.  This is to ensure that there is a clear understanding of the variation in home dialysis provision across the region.

Achieving this plan by:

  • Providing a toolkit with implementation support for each Trust, where possible existing national and local resource tools will be utilised.
  • Holding a South West Learning event on home therapies
  • Advising commissioners on the consistent commissioning of evidence based, outcomes driven services

The South West Cardiovascular Clinical Network held a one day Home Therapies Conference in Exeter on Wednesday 16 March 2016. The aim of the event was to share new insights and best practice in home dialysis therapies with clinical teams across the South of England.

The programme delivered by a number of national speakers provided an  overview of the current practices, new concepts in care delivery, and enabled discussion about the challenges and  controversies that need to be overcome to successfully develop and maintain an effective home dialysis programme both for new, as well as expanding programmes.

Presentations from the 2 days:

SWCN Home Therapies Conference by Preetham Boddana

Transforming Participation on CKD Programme by Rachel Gair

Shared Haemodialysis Care – scaling up by Martin Wilkie

Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Medical Insertion Programme by David Lewis

Immediate Start Peritoneal Dialysis – is it really an option? by Gerry Endall

Home & Self Care Dialysis – the implied and the sought by Sandip Mitra

Technology as an enabler by Georgina Pharro

‘Walking the walk’ by Richard Fluck

Transforming Participation in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) programme

The Think Kidneys programme is building on what is already good and what already exists to help people with chronic kidney disease. By working together and sharing experiences people are able to gain more knowledge, skills and confidence, enabling them to be involved and engaged in their individual care.

The individual will be put at the centre of their care and will be:

  • Involved in decisions made about their care
  • Feel that the care they receive is personal to them and takes account of their personal needs and their ambitions for life
  • Feel that their care is co-ordinated and streamlined and that they are fully supporte

More details about this work can be found at:

Public information – for information about the importance of your kidneys please visit:

In March 2016 the SW CN held two AKI workshops for primary care. The aim of the workshops was to update GPs on the Think Kidneys programme and provide practical tips and tools to prevent and manage AKI in the community as well as some real case studies. The programme also covered the latest NICE CKD guidance and details of the ASSIST-CKD project which aims to facilitate early identification of patients with deteriorating kidney function and reduce the incidence of late presentation for dialysis.

Presentations from the event:

NICE CKD – Steve Dickinson


ASSIST-CKD by Anna Barton

General ASSIST-CKD Cornwall by Angela Mallard

SWCKD Patient Partnership by Tracey Rose

ASSIST-CKD AKI for North Workshop by Fergus Caskey