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Monday 26 July 2021
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Managing long term conditions award winner

One-stop clinic for young adult kidney patients wins award

A specialist renal clinic at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust for young adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD) has won a prestigious national award.


Dr Tina Chrysochou and team won the Managing Long-Term Conditions category in The Health Service Journal Patient Safety + Care Awards 2014.


Dr Chrysochou set up the young adults’ renal clinic last year because of concern about poor outcomes for many patients aged 16-30 with CKD and because patients often asked ‘why do I never see other young people like me’. At worst, issues included premature deaths and transplant losses. There were many problems around patients not taking their medication, missing appointments and having long hospital stays, as well as feeling cut off from their peer groups.


The one-stop clinic was designed around feedback from 36 young patients and provides personalised care from medical staff and also from advisers offering counselling, careers and benefits information.


There is a young adult network group so patients aged 16-32 can meet up socially and support one another, and young patients have their own section on the website http://gmkin.org.uk and Facebook page The YARN.


Three other services at the Trust were also shortlisted for an award, including the Royal Alliance Bereavement and Donor Service of Salford Royal, Royal Bolton and Wigan, Wrightington and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. This aims to provide the best end of life care with compassion, dignity and choice and was shortlisted in the End of Life Care category.