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Bradford and Airedale CCGs scoop national award for innovative kidney disease project

Bradford and Airedale CCGs scoop national award for innovative kidney disease project

The new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Bradford and Airedale have scooped a national award for an innovative project which is helping hundreds of previously undiagnosed people to manage the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven; Bradford Districts; and Bradford City CCGs have jointly won the BMJ Renal Team of the Year award in recognition of how the project has improved the health outcomes of many patients across the district.

Over half of the district’s practices volunteered to take part in the project managed by the CCGs. Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) were identified by looking at trends in blood test results over a period of time.

An additional 1,700 adult patients have been diagnosed with early stage CKD and almost 1,500 more patients with CKD have achieved better blood pressure control as a result of this innovative approach.

Supported by a project team which includes facilitators and clinical specialists from primary and secondary care, practices have used new data searches to identify patients whose kidneys are not working as well as they should be. These patients can then receive appropriate medication and lifestyle advice from their GP to lower their blood pressure and slow down the progression of their kidney disease and so avoid the need to go to hospital for treatment.

Dr John Connolly, the CCGs’ lead for technology, said:
“It’s fantastic to have this work recognised by the BMJ with this prestigious award. The project’s results speak for themselves: more people are managing their condition and staying healthy and significant cost savings have been made by reducing future hospital care for more serious kidney disease.

“This has been a great example of GPs being innovative and working closely with secondary care to help keep patients as healthy as possible. It means that hundreds of patients who might otherwise have undiagnosed kidney disease are now getting the care and advice they need to manage their condition without needing hospital treatment for later stage disease.”

Dr John Stoves, a consultant in renal medicine at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was also closely involved in setting up the project with the CCGs. Dr Stoves said:
“I am delighted that our efforts to forge stronger links between primary and secondary care teams in the district with the support of electronic data systems have been showcased in this way. This project and other initiatives are driven by the need to improve outcomes for patients with long-term kidney conditions and to ensure that they receive a high quality of care closer to home.”

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