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Examining renal Social Work

Service models and role impact on patient outcome measures

Currently the BKPA supports the NHS with the provision of psychosocial therapies in practice through funding clinician posts such as psychologists, counsellors, and social workers in practice. Within the funded social work posts and services there is currently no evidence base of how effective the roles are at meeting the needs or improving the lives of the kidney patients, the philosophy that underpins the charity aim. The aim of the project is to gain a deeper understanding of the role of renal social worker within the UK; to examine activity, outcome measures and models of delivery in response to meeting the needs of CKD patients. This project will identify, measure, and embed evaluation mechanisms within the service provision to allow the generation of a robust evidence base which will inform the funding and future provision of services supported by the BKPA. This evidence will be used to demonstrate to the wider public the considerable impact the charity makes on the lives of patients, potentially influencing increased charitable contributions and fund raising.

Funding Body: HEIF Funding with British Kidney Patients Association (BKPA)

Project value: £111,256

Project timeline: Jan 2017 – Sept 2018

Project team: Professor Paula Ormandy and Dr Anya Ahmed (Joint Principal Investigators); Mr Paul Bristow (BKPA); Maike Seekes (Knowledge Exchange Affiliate)