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 Service
If you wish to contact one of our advocacy officers please use one of the methods below. This will put you in touch with our team at head office who can refer you to the advocacy officer in your region.
Contact us: Online form
Email: [email protected]
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 thirteen 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 thirteen active Advocacy Officers, each responsible for a region of the UK:-
- West Scotland - Ewen Maclean
- East Scotland - Lynne Cunningham
- Yorkshire and the Humber - Linda Pickering
- North East England - Joanne Bates
- North West England - Rob Finnigan
- Northern Ireland - William Johnston
- Wales - Linzi Isaac
- East Midlands and East of England - Sandy Lines
- West Midlands - Giulietta Whitmore
- South Central England - Claire Joyce
- South West England - Kate Cresswell
- South East England - Caroline Young
- North London - Matt Wolff
- London and Head of Advocacy - Nicholas Palmer
Renal Social Workers
Renal social workers are qualified social workers who work in collaboration with other members of the kidney multi-disciplinary team in children’s or adult hospitals and dialysis units. They also have direct links with local authority social work teams and specialist charities.
Renal social workers are skilled in offering practical support and advice to children, young people, adults and carers living with kidney disease.
Find out more about how a renal social worker can help you.
How can a renal social worker help me?
Counselling and support service
Our counselling and support service offers help and support to kidney patients, their friends, and their fami…
Our closed Facebook group puts you in touch with others affected by kidney disease, giving you a chance to sh…
We know that life can be hard when you’re coping with a long term condition like kidney disease and it can af…