An online resource to tackle chronic kidney disease (CKD) by improving understanding of the condition and progress made in tackling it has been created by the CKD forum, a working group of the British Renal Society.
Donal O'Donoghue, National Clinical Director for Kidney Services and so-called "Renal Tsar", put forward the initial concept at the Department of Health (DH).
The interactive learning resource will be made available to every GP and nurse in the country, with 25,000 GPs being offered free access to the service.
According to DH figures, around 10 million people are currently affected by CKD, with the figure increasing by around 8% each year.
In recent years, an international classification of CKD has been introduced. QOF points have been allocated to managing CKD, and extra guidance is expected from NICE in October.
The online CKD resource aims to clarify all relevant changes that affect GPs. The latest information is presented in an interactive format.
Mr O'Donoghue said: "The key to good management of CKD in primary care is to develop understanding of the principles behind the guidelines. This resource provides authoritative and up-to-date education, tailored to the needs of the primary care multidisciplinary team."
"The Lincolnshire Kidney Patients Association welcomes this initiative. We have been battling the Lincolnshire PCT for years for more resources at primary care level for all CKD patients" – Linda Pickering, Lincoln