The majority of sites involved in the ASSIST-CKD project have laboratory staff interpreting the eGFR graphs, but other NHS staff are also undertaking this important role. In about 25% of participating sites, a renal nurse is interpreting the graphs. These renal nurses usually work within advanced kidney care (pre-dialysis) teams and have expertise in assessing declining kidney function.
It is critical to now start thinking about succession planning in your site, especially if there is a chance the person currently reviewing the graphs might leave (or be promoted!).
Staff who have been undertaking the eGFR interpretation have also identified continuous professional development (CPD) benefits from undertaking the role, such as being involved in writing of papers, presentations at conferences and reflections for revalidation/appraisal.
Don’t forget to look out for our ASSIST-CKD Newsbite next week.