Many recent achievements have come through joint initiatives including the joint UK Kidney Conference (UK Kidney Week), The Kidney Quality Improvement Initiative (KQuIP), patient safety, patient information and comprehensive COVID-19 support. There are major benefits for members including economies of scale, opportunities for workforce modernisation and coordination to be realised and creation of high achieving speciality interest groups (SIGs) in major areas of practice. These will work closely with the current structures including guidelines, patient safety, quality improvement and research.
Working closely together, UKKA will deliver a robust, focussed and highly integrated approach for the entire multi-professional renal team. This will facilitate greater support for professional development and education for all members. There is also potential for greater involvement in the multi-professional team in guidelines development.
As a merged Association, UKKA will have greater influence across England and the devolved nations on healthcare commissioning, clinical and laboratory research and industry collaborations. The Association is committed to developing external renal charity stakeholder partnerships.
It is our hope that the UKKA will provide opportunities for increased impact and influence around the issues that affect kidney care at a national, regional and local level.