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NHS Kidney Care’s Peer Support Project Leads Forum has been created for everyone involved in the peer support project. It offers a secure place to share information and ideas and ask for help and advice.

NHS Kidney Care has commissioned the North East and West Midlands kidney care networks to develop peer support programmes. Other project leads who have developed initiatives in other units, including University Hospitals Birmingham, King’s and Guy’s & St Thomas’, are also part of this network. These projects address key themes and outcomes identified in the NHS Outcomes Framework, particularly domain 2: Enhancing Quality of life for people with long-term conditions; Improvement areas: Ensuring people feel supported to manage their condition.

With the increasing focus on patient experience it is important to ensure that appropriate resources and infrastructure are in place to provide patients with support consistent with their needs.  Peer support is a model of care that enables the development of patients and their family members to play an active role in the management of their kidney care, changing the relationship between person with kidney disease and clinician, so encouraging shared decision making.