Renal failure has a major impact on quality of life and survival. Most dialysis patients spend many hours every week in hospital but engage little in their own treatment.
Shared haemodialysis care supports patients in dialysis units to be involved in their own treatment, encouraging them to undertake as many tasks as they feel able to. This enhanced person-centred care improves the experience of those who choose to have their dialysis at hospital and gives more patients the confidence to choose home dialysis, leading to a better quality of life.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will extend the benefits of a shared haemodialysis care intervention they have established regionally, to up to 1,200 people who attend the 12 UK dialysis centres partnering the project.
It is estimated that by the end of the programme, 30% of patients will be participating in five or more tasks relating to their own dialysis. This will be done through creating a supportive environment underpinned by specific nurse and patient training and using information materials. Alongside this, networking through regular learning events, peer support and a knowledge sharing platform and communications by national charity partners, will play a key role.
The learning from this project will be used to tailor the methods used to promote shared care in other centres and help more people to access opportunities for better health through supported self-care.
Find out more about the project at https://www.shareddialysis-care.org.uk