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Tuesday 27 July 2021
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Tina Chrysochou

Salford Royal services shortlisted for five awards

A specialist renal clinic at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust for young adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD) has been shortlisted for two national awards.


Dr Tina Chrysochou and team have been shortlisted in both the Changing Culture category and the Managing Long-Term Conditions category in The Health Service Journal Patient Safety + Care Awards 2014.


Three further services at the Trust have also made it through to the finals of the prestigious awards, 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 is shortlisted in theEnd of Life Care category.


Dr Chrysochou set up the young adults’ renal clinic last year because of concerns about poor outcomes for many patients aged 16-24 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 completely designed around feedback from 30 young patients and provides personalised care – not just from medical staff but also from advisers offering counselling, careers and benefits information and from patient support groups.


Patients have been able to get involved in mentoring and expert patient programmes and Dr Chrysochou has launched a buddying scheme where existing patients team up with new in-patients who have kidney failure or are struggling to cope with their kidney disease.


The multi-disciplinary approach means those who attend the clinic can access help with all sorts of problems, which are often bigger priorities for patients and directly impact on their renal health and wellbeing– such as arranging help with transport costs so a patient could attend college and hospital appointments.


There is also a young adult network group so patients aged 16-32 can meet up socially and support each other, and young patients have their own section on the website http://gmkin.org.uk


Dr Chrysochou said: “The ‘relationship-centred’ personalised care where patients feel they’re being treated as a person, not just a kidney, and the extra information and peer support from the clinic have improved patients’ confidence and morale. We are seeing better medication compliance, more patient empowerment and fewer complications.”


Salford Royal teams have also been shortlisted in the Improving Safety in Medicines Management and Preventing Avoidable Harm categories. Finalists will find out if they have won at an awards ceremony being held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 15 July.