• Led by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with evaluation by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Yorkshire and Humber.
  • Extending the benefits of shared haemodialysis care to around 1,200 people who attend 12 UK dialysis centres.
  • Enabling dialysis users to participate in their own treatment.
  • Aiming to improve patient experience in dialysis units and give more patients the confidence to choose home dialysis.

Renal failure has a major impact on quality of life and survival. Most dialysis patients spend many hours every week in hospital, but are passive recipients of their care, engaging little with their own treatment.

Shared haemodialysis care is when patients at dialysis units are supported to be involved in their own treatment, undertaking as many tasks as they feel able to. This enhanced person-centred care improves the experience of those who choose to dialyse at hospital, and gives more patients the confidence to choose home dialysis, leading to a better quality of life.

This project will sustain and scale-up an established regional quality improvement intervention led by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It will extend the benefits of shared haemodialysis care to up to 1,200 people who attend the 12 UK dialysis centres partnering the project. By the end of the 2.5 year programme, an estimated 30% of patients will be participating in five or more tasks relating to their own dialysis.

This will be achieved by enabling patients to participate in their care, creating a facilitative environment underpinned by specific nurse and patient training, and using supportive materials (for example, patient training competency books, leaflets, posters and newsletters). Networking through regular learning events, peer support, a knowledge-sharing platform and communications disseminated by national charity partners will also play a key role.

The learning from this programme will be used to tailor the methods used to promote shared care in other centres and help more people to access opportunities for better health through supported self-care.

Contact details

For more information about this project, please email Professor Martin Wilkie, Consultant Nephrologist and Project Clinical Lead at Sheffield Kidney Institute, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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