Kidney Diseases

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th July 2020.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle chronic kidney disease.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance ‘Chronic kidney (CKD) disease in adults: assessment and management’, updated in January 2015, sets out best practice for clinicians in the diagnosis and management of CKD. The guidance covers monitoring for those patients at risk; pharmacological management and referral where appropriate. The guidance can be found at the following link:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg182

In addition to putting in place evidence-based guidance to support clinicians to diagnose problems of the kidney, we are also working to detect people at risk of kidney disease. The NHS Health Check programme, which launched in 2008, is a universal and systematic programme for everyone between the ages of 40-74 years (not already on a chronic disease register) that assesses people’s health and risk of developing certain health problems. The NHS Health Check can successfully engage people with the greatest health needs, actively reducing health inequalities, and individuals having a check are more likely to be diagnosed with a disease and to receive behavioural or clinical management to help them reduce that risk or manage the health condition. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.healthcheck.nhs.uk/

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