About us

Improving lives by supporting professionals in the delivery of kidney care and research

The Renal Association is the leading professional body for the UK renal community. 

We welcome members working in clinical renal care, treating and caring for people with kidney disease, and those working in research, or related sciences and fields.

For 70 years, the Renal Association has been energetic in promoting and sharing research to improve outcomes for people with kidney disease. We have taken a lead in the education of clinicians and scientists and more recently we’ve evolved to take a major role in training doctors and developing clinical services.

We are transforming the way kidney care and research is delivered in the UK and beyond. The work we deliver and fund to support our members and renal patients is wide-ranging and includes:


UK Renal Registry (UKRR)

Rare Renal and the Rare Kidney Disease Registry (RaDaR)

PatientView (PV)

British Association for Paediatric Nephrology (BAPN)


As a membership organisation, we aim to reflect the views of our members in all our activities.

We have over 1,200 professional members working together to deliver: 

  • Leadership and professional advice to facilitate and help develop the best possible services for people with kidney disease
  • Research - we support the delivery of all aspects of kidney research and encourage a thriving research community to share and develop knowledge
  • Education and training – we nurture the professional development of clinicians and researchers in the kidney community
  • Registry audit and quality improvement – we make data work hard through the Renal Registry to drive improvement 
  • Patient involvement – we work in partnership with patients, carers and other organisations to promote patient engagement and involvement in their own healthcare
  • Guidelines – we produce evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to drive excellence.


NICE accredited clinical practice guidelines 

Available here

25th Annual Report

Analyses about the care provided to patients at UK renal centres.

Read the report

2022 UKRR AKI Report

A report on the nationwide collection of AKI warning test scores. 

Read the report