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  • The changing face of renalmedicine in the UK

    The future of the specialty

    This report considers the many issues which willalter the future of renal medicine. Workingpatterns for renal physicians are likely to changesubstantially as collaborative services aredeveloped with primary care, palliative care, and other specialist teams. Multiprofessional team-working continues to expand, challenginglong-established medical roles and expectations of young doctors are changing. This report isdesigned to make sure that the next generation of renal physicians is trained to meet thesechallenges.

    Recommendations include expanding services inlocality renal networks, including consultantnumbers; ensuring wider availability of high-quality care close to peoples homes; encouragingstaff grade and associate specialist doctors to jointhe Specialist Register; and promoting renalmedicine as a career by ensuring a positiveexperience for medical students and FoundationYear trainees.

    This is a time of exciting change in renal medicine.The publication of National Service Frameworksfor Renal Services in England and Wales in recent

    years has offered a unique opportunity to developthe provision of high-quality patient-centred renalservices.

    The report is essential reading for all thoseconcerned about the future of services for peoplewith renal disease, and will assist the training anddevelopment of the physicians who lead theseservices. It is directed at clinicians, government,commissioners of renal services, NHS trusts whoprovide renal services, locality renal networks,kidney patient associations and those concernedwith the training of renal physicians.

    Report of a Working Party

    Contents Background and remit

    Provision of renal services in the UK

    Medical staffing of renal units

    Provision of patient-centred care

    Commissioning of renal services

    Appendix: Witnesses

    ISBN-13 978-1-86016-296-1 Published March 2007

    The Renal Association

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