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As part of the national organisation NHS Diabetes and Kidney Care, NHS Kidney Care plays a vital role in improving the services and quality of care received by people with kidney disease by embedding safe, evidence-based examples of what works to enable better outcomes for patients.

Patients and carers are at the heart of everything NHS Kidney Care does in the delivery of the NHS Outcomes Framework. This includes sharing evidence-based practice and examples of what works so local organisations can ‘do it once, do it right’; identifying ways to make smart use of NHS resources; and collecting, creating and sharing information and health economic evidence to improve local decision making and support service improvement.

The role of Kidney Care Networks is to provide leadership to the organisations within the network on kidney care policy, and to ensure implementation of kidney care policy across the network area. Although the networks do not have designated resources with which to commission services, with the support of expert clinical input, as well as expert input from patients and carers, they are expected to facilitate agreement between SCGs, PCTs and Trusts on commissioning compliant kidney services for the population they serve. The network manager plays a central role in ensuring that their respective network delivers the aims and objectives of the national kidney care strategy.

An evaluation of the role of Kidney Care Network Managers can be found here