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UK Kidney Association Education Hub

Access a diverse range of educational material pertaining to kidney diseases and kidney care. Delve into our extensive resources on chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury, rare kidney diseases, and additional topics available here.

Our educational resources

Learn about kidney care and research through our eLearning courses, developed by leading professors and expert practitioners.
Join KQIP's interactive knowledge hubs to connect, share, learn best practices, and stay up to date on research for quality improvement in kidney healthcare.
Read our research briefs for a sneak peek into groundbreaking research generated by the UKKA and its members. Visit the linked articles for more in-depth information.
Join our informative online webinars on kidney disease and nephrology to gain valuable insights from leading experts.
Explore our curated collection of links to useful resources, conveniently categorised by topic and tailored to healthcare professionals.

eLearning Courses

Explore our advanced eLearning courses on diseases, comorbidities, treatments, workforce, and more. Designed by leading kidney care experts for healthcare professionals, these courses provide comprehensive insights into the latest advancements and best practices in kidney care, aiming to enhance patient experiences and outcomes.

Our Nephrology eLearning Courses

Our Nursing eLearning Courses

KQIP Quality Improvement Knowledge Hubs

KQIP's interactive knowledge and resource platform has been designed to support healthcare professionals in their quality improvement (QI) projects. This platform provides an interactive space to discuss challenges and seek advice as well as resources to keep you updated with the latest research and best practices.

Connect with a vibrant community of kidney care professionals, engage in meaningful discussions, share insights, and collaborate to drive quality improvement. 

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Additional Educational Resources

Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • UKKA Guidelines and Commentaries: The UKKA produces commentaries stating which NICE and KDIGO recommendations the UKKA endorses. The UKKA also produces guidelines for topics not covered by KDIGO and NICE, typically on smaller topics thought to be important to UK nephrology.
  • KDIGO Guidelines: KDIGO guidelines focus on topics related to the prevention or management of individuals with kidney diseases. 
  • NICE Guidance: Evidence-based recommendations for the health and social care sector, developed by independent committees, including professionals and lay members, and consulted on by stakeholders.

Chronic Kidney Disease

  • The UK eCKD Guide: The UK eCKD Guide is derived from the NICE, SIGN, and UK Kidney Association guidelines. It aims to provide quick online support for the diagnosis and management of CKD.
  • Chronic Kidney Disease Explained: CKD Explained provides information about how the kidneys work, and how to get better care for CKD. It includes information about CKD basics, causes, prevention, dialysis and transplantation, diagnosis, and treatment.

Acute Kidney Injuries

  • UKKA Clinical Practice Guideline for Acute Kidney Injury: These guidelines cover the prevention, detection, management and follow-up of acute kidney injury (AKI) in adults, children and young people in both primary and secondary care and targets health care staff and organisations involved in the delivery of this care as well as relevant patient groups.

Rare Kidney Diseases

  • Rare Renal - UK Kidney Association National Registry of Rare Kidney Diseases: It is often hard to find detailed information on rare diseases because they affect so few patients. Doctors may only treat a few patients with a rare disease in their whole career. This site aims to provide information and links to 30 different rare renal conditions and their current activity such as patient support groups and research. The site provides information for patients and clinicians.
  • Rare Disease - Complement Pathway Disease Curriculum: The International Society of Nephrology eLearning reviewing the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of various complement-mediated kidney diseases, including: thrombotic microangiopathy, C3G, lupus nephritis, and ANCA-associated vasculitis.

Paediatric Nephrology

  • British Association for Paediatric Nephrology (BAPN): The BAPN is an inclusive organisation for professionals working to improve the care and lives of children with kidney disease. 
  • Paediatric Nephrology Nurses Group: The PNNG is a collection of representatives from each of the 14 children’s renal units in the UK and Ireland. The main functions of the group are to organise the Annual Paediatric Nephrology Nurses Conference, share and inform of best and changing practice, ensure of up-to-date information feedback from industry and encourage participation in research and education programmes.
  • InfoKid: infoKID provides information for parents and carers about kidney conditions in babies, children and young people. This includes information about conditions, tests, treatments and supporting information.
  • EMEESY Children's Kidney Network: EMEESY offers information and other resources for parents and families, children, young people, and professionals working with children and young people. n.b. EMEESY kindly supplies guidelines from the Nottingham Children's Hospital, but these have not been reviewed or endorsed by the UKKA or BAPN.

Drugs and Prescribing

  • Renal Drug Database: The Renal Drug Database is an easy-to-use digital tool for pharmacists, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals prescribing for patients with renal disease and who receive renal replacement therapy.

Diet and Nutrition

  • Renal Nutrition Specialist Group: The RNG works to promote the role of the renal dietitian within their multidisciplinary teams, to service users and to other healthcare professionals. They are committed to delivering accurate, comprehensive information to facilitate standardised practice and demonstrate clinical effectiveness. Their site has several member resources and non-member resources are currently under development.
  • Nutritional considerations in adult patients with acute kidney injury: This guide outlines critical nutritional considerations for adult patients with acute kidney injury (AKI), covering malnutrition risks, nutritional support principles, and the impact of renal replacement therapy (RRT). It emphasizes the need for individualized dietetic approaches, especially in critical care settings where AKI often occurs with other severe conditions.

Nursing

  • Association of Nephrology Nurses (ANN UK) Learning: ANN UK hosts a wide range of educational content including an online national renal nursing course for registered nurses with at least 6 months experience in kidney care, an annual conference, and webinars for its members.

Dialysis

  • Vascular Access Society of Britain & Ireland (VASBI)The Vascular Access Society of Britain & Ireland (VASBI) is a professional organization dedicated to advancing vascular access care through research, education, and collaboration among healthcare professionals in the UK and Ireland. It aims to improve patient outcomes by promoting best practices and innovative solutions in vascular access management.
  • Peritoneal Dialysis Academy 2020 recordings: The PD Academy covers all aspects of care of a PD patient. Typically held in person, the 2020 lecture series was held online due to COVID and its recordings are available on the UKKA website. These recorded lectures cover assisted PD, catheter insertion, acute PD, complications, prescribing and more. 

Transplantation

  • NHS Blood and TransplantNHS Blood and Transplant manages blood and organ donation services across the UK. They provide information about current research related to improving transplantation practice and patient information.
  • Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO)SaBTO advises UK ministers and health departments on the most appropriate ways to ensure the safety of blood, cells, tissues and organs for transfusion or transplantation. They produce guidance reports related to transplantation.

Clinical Research and Data


UK Kidney Association Data

  • UK Renal Registry (UKRR)The UK Renal Registry (UKRR) collates data from renal centres and hospital laboratories to improve the care of patients with kidney disease in the UK. The UKRR team manages data collection, analysis and reporting on approximately 67,000 people on RRT and on about 500,000 people with an AKI each year. The UKRR maintains datasets of CKD/AKI clinical, lab AKI, COVID-19, CKD patient measures, and NHS England quality dashboards.
  • National Registry of Rare Kidney Diseases (RaDaR)The National Registry of Rare Kidney Diseases (RaDaR) is a UK Kidney Association initiative designed to pull together information from patients with certain rare kidney diseases. There are 104 NHS sites contributing to RaDaR, which include all UK adult and paediatric renal centres and a number of hospitals with no renal centre, where patients are seen by a visiting nephrologist. To date, 26,913 UK patients have been recruited (up to Jan 2021). RaDaR focuses specifically on rare renal conditions and holds detailed information on people with these conditions, including where they live, what treatment they are receiving, relevant blood and imaging results and how they are responding to treatment. 


Research Funding


Webinars, Courses, Continuing Professional Development, and Research Toolkits
  • ISN Global Trials Focus: The ISN Advancing Clinical Trials team presents a monthly round up of randomised trials in nephrology. They select trials not only for impact, but also to showcase the diversity of research produced by the global nephrology community. Each trial is reviewed in context and has a risk of bias assessment. The showcase aims to drive improvements in trial quality and promote greater engagement in trial activity.
  • ISN Advancing Clinical Trials Toolkit: To support the growing global need for kidney disease research, the ISN has created this clinical trial toolkit, offering guidance for nephrologists and researchers, regardless of their experience level or resources. Use this resource to learn how to initiate or participate in clinical trials, which are crucial for advancing patient care in nephrology.

Kidney Organisations and Journals

  • UKKA Information and Resources: The main UKKA website has links to a wide variety of kidney organisations in the UK and internationally, as well as kidney research journals and a history of nephrology.

Resources for Patients and Carers

  • Kidney Care UK: Kidney Care UK is the UK's leading kidney patient support charity. They offer practical, emotional and financial help, and make sure no one faces kidney disease alone.
  • InfoKID - Information for parents and carers about children's kidney conditions: infoKID provides information for parents and carers about kidney conditions in babies, children and young people. Read about conditions, tests, treatments and supporting information, on screen or in downloadable leaflets.
  • Kidney Research UK - Kidney Health Information: Kidney Research UK provides patients with answers to frequently asked questions about kidneys and kidney diseases, and makes several patient leaflets available in electronic or print format.
  • National Kidney Federation: The National Kidney Federation provides patient support services and practical information on living with kidney disease. 
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Charity: The PKD Charity provides support to PKD patients, carers, and family members, organises educational events, promotes PKD awareness, and publishes information about PKD.
  • Kidney Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM): The Kidney PRIM is a national annual survey of kidney patients, which aims to help teams understand how patients feel about their experience of care, show where improvements can be made, and give the UKKA a national picture of people's experience of care.
  • UKKA RaDaR rare disease registry: This website provides information for patients about the conditions currently recruiting for the RaDaR rare disease registry.
  • NHS Cambridge University Hospitals Patient Information about Kidneys and about Dialysis: These NHS websites provide patient information on kidney health, conditions, treatments, and medicines.
  • Chronic Kidney Disease Explained: CKD Explained provides information about how the kidneys work, and how to get better care for CKD. It includes information about CKD basics, causes, prevention, dialysis and transplantation, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Good Grief Resource Hub: The Good Grief Resource Hub offers a diverse library of resources and a directory of UK support organizations. These resources aid those with life-threatening illnesses, those facing end of life, and those who have lost loved ones.