CKD education session held to improve kidney disease management

A chronic kidney disease (CKD) education session has been held in Central Manchester as part of the CLAHRC improving CKD care project. The project firstly aims to halve the gap between recorded and estimated prevalence of CKD on practice registers, and then focuses on ensuring that 75 per cent of all registered patients are tested for proteinuria and managed to NICE blood pressure targets.

It was identified that there were fewer people in Greater Manchester diagnosed with CKD than the expected prevalence would suggest, meaning that people who have the disease may not be getting the best care and treatment; the improving CKD care project aims to address this. The education sessions are a key part of the process and give GPs and nurses already engaged in the project the opportunity to talk about issues surrounding giving a patient a CKD diagnosis (including the importance of alleviating patient fears by reassuring them that kidney disease is part of the normal ageing process), discuss techniques for effectively managing the care of CKD patients, and set goals they would like to achieve.

In addition to providing formal education, the Central Manchester session also provided the opportunity to discuss specific clinical cases, develop closer working relationships with the CLAHRC CKD nurse facilitators and ask questions about the project. The project in Central Manchester follows on from the success of the programme in NHS Bolton CCG, NHS Stockport CCG, NHS Ashton Wigan CCG and NHS Salford CCG. In the case of  NHS Wigan CCG, in the first three months of the latest project 12 practices successfully identified over 200 additional patients with CKD.

More information from the education session is available via the presentation shown on the day. The GM CLAHRC nurse facilitators will now meet with all practices and support them in achieving the project’s goals.