About Kidney Care
NHS Kidney Care provides leadership and resources to enable health professionals and commissioners to provide high quality, patient-focused, affordable care for people with long term conditions, such as kidney disease.
From improved prevention and early diagnosis through to enhanced end of life care, NHS Kidney Care supports healthcare professionals to understand and implement new guidelines, standards and national priorities and to help patients and their carers make more informed choices and live life to the full.
NHS Kidney Care produces resources and tools that support the NHS to drive up quality, improve patient outcomes and become more efficient.
For more information, please visit www.kidneycare.nhs.uk
|About the Atlas
The Kidney Care Atlas is a landmark in the study of variation in kidney care in England. Data from the UKRR and QOF, as well as other datasets, have been used to illustrate how aspects of healthcare specific to kidney disease vary.
The indicators in the Kidney Care Atlas highlight only 18 of potentially numerous indicators relating to kidney care. They represent a sample of the variation in value and quality in renal services across England.
Identifying, mapping and attempting to address unwarranted variation should not be regarded as independent pursuits, but instead be perceived as intertwined with the quality improvement agenda for renal services. Simply meeting targets for investigation and treatment is not enough. Listening to patients and altering systems of care according to their experiences is intrinsically linked to improving the quality of care.
It is through the efforts of individual clinical teams working “on the shop-floor” that change must be implemented, value increased and quality improved so that unwarranted variation can be addressed.
The Kidney Care Atlas has been produced in collaboration with:
Introducing the Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Kidney Disease
Kidney Care Atlas Links
Order printed copies of the Kidney Care Atlas
Download the Atlas PDF
An amendment was issued for map 15 and accompanying commentary of the Kidney Care Atlas on 10th September 2012, download amended versions below.
HiRes file (8 Mbytes)
LowRes file (4.5 Mbytes)
Online InstantAtlas Version
The interactive online version of the Kidney Atlas can be accessed here.
Atlas Metadata Files
Further details of the methods and data sources used in the Atlas are contained in this metadata file
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