Chronic Kidney Disease: the essentials

This course is a companion to the UK Kidney Association's CKD Guide. It includes a series of short modules and concise summary documents on chronic kidney disease (CKD), anaemia, proteinuria, albumin-creatinine ratio (ACR) testing, the kidney failure risk equation (KFRE), and SGLT2 inhibitors in diabetic and chronic kidney disease.

Self-Paced Online


Primary Care


UKKA CKD Special Interest Group


1 hour

About the course

CKD Guide Companion: The course is designed to complement the UK Kidney Association's CKD Guide. It provides practical guidance related to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) through modules and concise 1-2 page quick reference sheets.
Modular Format: The course is structured into short modules to make it easier for healthcare professionals to quickly access and learn key information from the UKKA CKD Guide.

Topic Coverage:
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) - the essentials: This is the primary focus of the course. It is essential for healthcare professionals to understand CKD thoroughly, as CKD is a prevalent and complex condition. This section provides an overview of essential information for healthcare practitioners related to CKD.
  • Anaemia in CKD: Anaemia often accompanies CKD, and understanding its management and impact on patients is crucial.
  • Proteinuria: Proteinuria, the presence of excess protein in the urine, is a significant indicator of kidney disease.
  • Albumin-Creatinine Ratio (ACR) Testing: ACR testing is a diagnostic tool used to assess kidney function and detect kidney disease. 
  • Kidney Failure Risk Equation (KFRE): This equation is a predictive tool used to estimate the risk of kidney failure in patients with CKD. It helps clinicians make informed decisions about patient care.
  • SGLT2 Inhibitors in diabetic kidney disease (DKD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD): This section discusses the use of Sodium-Glucose Co-Transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors in patients with both diabetic kidney disease (DKD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The UK CKD Guide

The complete UK eCKD Guide provides a comprehensive overview of this information, and is available on the UK Kidney Association's website. Visit it using this link


The modules provide concise overviews of key topics from the UK eCKD guide.

Quick Reference Sheets

Each module includes a quick reference document summarising the most important information related to that topic from the UK eCKD Guide.

Course Lessons

The UK Kidney Association CKD Special Interest Group

This course was developed by the UK Kidney Association's CKD Special Interest Group as a companion to the UK eCKD Guide.