Foundation Module in Kidney Care

The module provides you with everything you need to prepare you for your first months on a renal ward, dialysis unit or clinic. It is also useful for allied health professionals who are just starting their career in kidney care. Module topics include signs and symptoms of renal conditions, fluid and electrolyte balance, nutrition, medicine management and an overview of renal replacement therapy. In addition, specialist clinical skills such as assessment and education of people with kidney disease are presented and discussed. The module is interspersed with interactive activities that you can discuss with your senior colleagues and/or mentors. The module will take approximately 10 hours to complete, but you have the flexibility to undertake the module when you wish, in either short or long chunks of time.

The module is focused on patient-centred care and partnership working. Most importantly, patients and carers have been involved in the development of this module and their case studies are used throughout to highlight pertinent points of clinical practice.

The certificate course has been reviewed by CPDUK and the module accounts for the equivalent of 10 hours of CPD.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this module you will know and understand:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the kidney
  • Epidemiology and causes of kidney disease
  • International staging of kidney disease
  • Prevention of kidney disease
  • Signs and symptoms of kidney disease
  • Infection control
  • Patient assessment
  • Patient education
  • Psycho-social care including discharge planning
  • Medicine management
  • Basic nutrition in kidney disease
  • Caring for the acutely ill with renal disease
  • Basic introduction to renal replacement therapy (RRT)