Kidney Care UK National Advocacy Service covers the UK, providing in-depth information, support and representation to patients, their families or carers, and local Kidney Patient Associations on a range of issues including:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Treatment options
- Dialysis Away From Base
- Benefits, grants and employment
- Emotional health & living well
The service often provides one-to-one help either over the telephone or where appropriate and required, in person and can be a gateway to the other Patient Support Services offered by Kidney Care UK – Grants & Counselling.
We do not give medical advice and we cannot visit patients at home.
As you would expect the service is sensitive, compassionate and confidential.
How to contact our Advocacy Officers
If you wish to contact one of our advocacy officers please click on the link for the relevant person for your region, or if you're not sure contact our office.
Contact us: Online form
Telephone: 01420 541424 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
What is advocacy?
Advocacy is all about taking action on behalf of people. Every week we receive hundreds of enquiries about benefits, housing, transport, dialysis choices, work and simply managing day-to-day life. We help patients to gain access to the right people, services and support, and to ensure every patient is properly represented.
We have a network of eight advocates spread throughout the UK, who are all trained not only to listen and advise patients but also to fight their corner to the best effect. This means being persistent, resilient and challenging when the need arises. We often act as a bridge between the patient and renal units, local authorities, The Department for Work & Pensions and local MPs.
I am so glad I picked up the phone that day. I had been a bit reckless with my medicine and my diet because I felt so helpless but with Rob’s help I was able to find my way.Tom Kidney patient
We currently have nine active Advocacy Officers, each responsible for a region of the UK:-
- Scotland - Ewen Maclean
- North East England, Yorkshire and the Humber - Linda Pickering
- North West England - Rob Finnigan
- Northern Ireland - William Johnston
- Wales - Francesca Teasdale
- East Midlands and East of England - Sandy Lines
- West Midlands - (vacant)
- South West England - Kate Cresswell
- South East England - Caroline Young
- London and Head of Advocacy - Nicholas Palmer