Dr Sandip Mitra and the team at Manchester Royal Infirmary scooped this year’s NICE shared learning award for their work in transforming home haemodialysis services in Manchester. Many of you reading this blog will know that the Manchester home haemodialysis team have developed an innovative approach to engaging with people who have chronic kidney disease and have a novel approach to dialysis delivery which has empowered patients and enabled many to now perform haemodialysis independently at home, avoiding the need for regular visits to the hospital for treatment.
Patient feedback has been extremely positive. One patient said “when I was faced with hospital dialysis, I lost a lot of self esteem, felt low and lost interest in a lot of things – it was like a downward spiral. Home dialysis has suddenly made me feel more interested, happier and relaxed”.
As well as being of benefit to patients, it has also generated financial savings, with costs up to 40% lower than hospital care. More than 175 patients so far have been trained in this programme to be independent on home haemodialysis, with increasing numbers joining every day.
Professor Sir Michael Rawlins (Chairman, NICE) praised the high quality of all the submissions for the Shared Learning Awards this year and commented on the Manchester home haemodialysis team’s approach as “an example of the extraordinary things that people do in the NHS”.
There are lots of excellent case studies and tools so support home therapies available from NHS Kidney Care and Sandip, along with Alastair Hutchison, Ken Farrington, Roger Greenwood and Diane Comer, run a regular home dialysis symposium; the 4th annual conference is on 29-30 September at The Lowry Hotel, Manchester. If you want your haemodialysis services transformed, that’s the place to go.
Well done Sandip and team.