Journal of Kidney Care

Journal of Kidney Care (JKC) is the essential bi-monthly peer-reviewed publication for all members of the multi-professional renal team.

It covers several clinical areas of renal medicine including dialysis, transplantation, diabetes, anaemia, pharmacy and nutrition. Every issue of the journal has a clinical focus on one of these key aspects of kidney care.

Formerly Journal of Renal Nursing, JKC was relaunched to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of kidney care and the wide range of the journal’s content.

JKC’s content is aimed at doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, dietitians, pharmacists, physiotherapists, paediatric specialists, clinical technologists, social workers, vascular access specialists, and transplant surgeons and coordinators specialising in kidney care.

In addition to clinical guides and original research, regular features published in JKC include:

  • Drug focuses – articles on a specific medication in the context of a patient study
  • Practice-based initiatives – papers on regional and national projects to enhance care for patients with kidney disease
  • Patient perspectives – patient stories and a regular patient voice column
  • Palliative care – features on guidelines and initiatives for patients at the end of life
  • Renal managers – professional advice on a range of topics, such as CQC inspections, staff appraisals and recruitment
  • Research updates – summaries of kidney care studies and research roundup columns
  • Spotlight – commentary on news and debates in kidney care
  • Archive – the last page of the journal, looking back at the history of renal medicine

Current issue

Editorial Board

Guidance for authors


Previous articles:

JKC March 2021 (The UK Kidney Association: stronger together)

JKC November 2020 (Successful virtual UK Kidney Week sees record-breaking registrations)

JKC July 2020 (E-platform launches to help kidney patients through exercise and support)

JKC March 2020 (Report from the Dialysis—getting the right balance conference)

JKC December 2019 (MOVE resources: new resources to increase physical activity among haemodialysis patients)

JKC July 2019 (Recommendations for the removal of temporary femoral haemodialysis catheters)

JKC Jan 2019 (Anaemia Nurse Specialist Association)

JKC Nov 2018 (Needling recommendations for arteriovenous fistulae and grafts)

JKC Sept 2018 (Helping young people with kidney disease to transition)

JKC – Sept 2018 (life-threatening bleed)

JKC June 2018 (Supporting clinical practice and development)

JKC May 2018 (Supporting clinical practice and development)

JKC March 2018 (Reflecting on vascular access group projects over the past year)

JKC Jan 2018 (Reflecting on vascular access group projects over the past year)

JKC Jan 2018 (How to write a winning abstract for UKKW 2018)



NICE accredited clinical practice guidelines 

Available here

23rd Annual Report

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

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

Read the report