CMFT renal research team first in the country to hit haemodialysis study recruitment target
Congratulations to the Central Manchester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) renal research team who were the first in the country to recruit 50 patients to the SHAREHD study into supporting haemodialysis patients in hospital manage aspects of their own care.
The team, led by Dr Sandip Mitra, was one of only two to have reached the target by mid-December ahead of the deadline in the new year. Final recruitment numbers are now being confirmed.
SHAREHD is a Health Foundation-funded programme, co-ordinated by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, that aims to support patients receiving haemodialysis treatment in hospital to be more independent and confident in participating in aspects of their own care.
CMFT’s dialysis unit is one of 12 NHS Trusts in England taking part in the programme, supported by partners including Kidney Research UK.
Patients will be empowered to learn elements of dialysis care, such as preparing equipment, measuring weight and blood pressure and self-cannulation.
There is considerable evidence that greater patient engagement and helping people manage their own health is associated with better medical outcomes but its practice and benefits in dialysis care is not fully established.
Teams of patients and staff will participate in workshops to test out different ways of increasing patient engagement in their dialysis care, with the ultimate ambition of facilitating shared haemodialysis care in all Trusts for any patient who wants it.
The Yorkshire and Humber CLAHRC will evaluate the impact that greater patient engagement in haemodialysis has on patient outcomes.
Dr Sandip Mitra, principal investigator, said:
Recruiting over 50 patients so quickly is testament to the efforts of the renal research team in Manchester supported by the SHAREHD programme. The study will help us understand why, what and how haemodialysis patient participation in their own care can positively impact on their overall health and wellbeing. Together with our partners, we look forward to sharing our findings as we continue to explore ways in which we can help improve quality of life of dialysis patients across the country.