About the programme

The National Chronic Kidney Disease Audit is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), and funded by NHS England; as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP); and the Welsh Government.

This important 3 year project focuses on the identification and management of people with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) in primary care to:

  1. Improve the identification of CKD patients in primary care
  2. Improve the management and outcomes of CKD patients
  3. Tailor the care of people with CKD to local care pathways.

The National CKD Audit collects and analyses data and, with our partners, produces reports for practices, CCGs/LHBs, as well as a publicly available national report.  It also provides Quality Improvement Tools which GPs may wish to use to help manage people with CKD.

Two rounds of data-collection are planned over three years. Round 1 will feed back to practices on the quality of their CKD detection and diagnoses to allow them to identify areas where they can improve on the identification of CKD patients. Round 2 will focus on patient care and outcomes of all identified CKD patients on the CKD register.

The first report on CKD identification in primary care will be available at the end of year 1.

The Audit was delivered by Informatica (initially prt of the BMJ) working with UCL Centre for Nephrology, LSHTM, Clinical Effectiveness Group QMUL, with input from the Patient Liaison Group. Clinicians and people with CKD are actively encouraged to participate in the audit to drive changes and improve the quality of services and health outcomes for people with CKD in England and Wales.

"From my point of view, as a kidney doctor for over 25 years, one of the most enduring themes has been encountering missed opportunities to identify kidney disease early, therefore not being able to prevent its complications or enable the planning of future care in partnership with patients."

Dr Donal O’Donoghue FRCP
National Clinical Director for Kidney Care
May 2012