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National Patient Advocacy Service to be run by BKPA

The Kidney Patient Advocacy Service started by the National Kidney Federation (NKF) fourteen years ago and run as a partnership between the British Kidney Patient Association and the National Kidney Federation since 2012, is being brought under the sole management of the British Kidney Patient Association. This is part of a significant move designed to maintain the service, secure its long term future and as part of a planned approach to expand and extend the service it provides for patients and their families.

In the immediate future, kidney patients, their families and all the other individuals and organisations that engage with the service, will not see any change to the service, as both charities stress the importance for a smooth transition that ensures there is minimal disruption to the quality of service offered to patients across the UK.

The service will be wholly delivered by the British Kidney Patient Association from the 1st January 2016 with exactly the same Advocacy Officers who currently provide the service, covering the same catchment areas they have supported over the last 4 years.

Paddy Tabor MVO, CEO BKPA said
The Advocacy Service is a major source of help and support for thousands of kidney patients and their families right across the UK. We are delighted that it will now form a stronger part of the range of patient support services provided by the British Kidney Patient Association. Patients will in the short term see no change to a service which will continue to operate as it has for the last four years, empowering and supporting patients to make a real difference in their lives. However, BKPA have firm plans to both extend and improve the service in the future and we very much look forward to working with patients and the Advocacy Officers to develop an even better service”.

Nicholas Palmer, Head of Patient Support Services, BKPA said
Together with my fellow advocacy colleagues I am tremendously privileged to be continuing my role leading this highly respected service on behalf of the BKPA for patients and carers across the UK. The service developed by the foresight and dedication of the NKF will now have the opportunity sustain its unique patient facing offer, improve further, and embed with the well-established grants and counselling resource provided by the BKPA, whilst maintaining the continuity of current working arrangements with the NKF Helpline. Advice, assistance, representation and empowerment will continue to run at the heart of the service to improve the care and quality of life for all patients no matter what stage of Chronic Kidney Disease.

Timothy Statham OBE, CEO NKF said
"The National Kidney Federation (NKF) is extremely pleased to have reached this agreement with the British Kidney Patient Association as apart from securing the future of the Advocacy service for patients, it releases resource to the NKF that will enable the Federation to further expand and develop its other vital services to kidney patients, namely the NKF National Kidney Patient Helpline, the NKF range of 200 medical information leaflets, the NKF patient magazine “Kidney Life”, the NKF annual patient conference, and the NKF programme of campaigning at national, local and parliamentary levels."

To contact the two Charities:

British Kidney Patient Association - 01420 541424
www.britishkidney-pa.co.uk

National Kidney Federation Helpline - 0845 6010209
www.kidney.org.uk

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