Our Hospital Grants fund a wide range of patient projects, pieces of equipment, renal unit infrastructure, and staff posts such as renal social workers, physiotherapists, renal counsellors and youth workers. Find out more on the Kidney Care UK Hospital Grants page.
The following are the major grants we've awarded so far in 2023.
Project: Phase II Compassionate Mindful Resilience (CMR)Programme – Continued support for patients
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast
The COSMIC study [Phase 1 of CMR], funded by Kidney Care UK is implementing and evaluating the Compassionate Mindful Resilience (CMR) programme with kidney patients including kidney transplant recipients. Early findings indicate that the CMR programme reduces levels of anxiety and depression, improves self-compassion, mental wellbeing and the ability to be mindful. The study will complete in May 2023, however there is a need for additional research to support these positive changes in the longer term. The proposed extension aims to explore how to best support the ongoing mental health and wellbeing of patients after completing the programme.
Project: Phase II ACT – for Dialysis (Acceptance Commitment Therapy)
University of Derby
Building on the successful development and evaluation of a prototype, this £16.5K project will 1) refine the prototype materials to give improved sound quality, 2) host the improved programme on a new online platform, and 3) prepare the programme and delivery system for the next trial.
Phase I (2018 to current date - completed)
This two-part project produced a programme of psychological support designed and adapted specifically for people receiving in-centre haemodialysis. The programme was based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a type of therapy to help people maintain good quality of life despite facing challenges and difficulties.
Project: Codesign a digital activities hub for people with haemodialysis Treatment [INVEST]
Queen’s University Belfast
The aim of this study is to better understand the intra-dialytic activity preferences of patients and co-design an intra-dialytic digital activities hub (prototype) that will aim to provide stimulus and distraction from dialysis as well as foster cognitive and social improvements in patients. Involving patients and staff as co-producers of an innovative intra-dialytic digital activities hub will provide an opportunity to greatly improve patient engagement in this life-saving programme.