Renal Medicine

The clinical leads for the renal medicine workstream were appointed on 18th July 2017 and endorsed by the Renal Association. You can read more about the appointment of clinical leads here.

You can contact the project manager for this workstream at [email protected]

The GIRFT national report on renal medicine has now been published

Click here to download or view the report

Click here to read an overview of the report and its recommendations.

We’ve also produced a short video with a summary of the report, including the key recommendations and opportunities for improvement.

On 7th December 2021, GIRFT joint clinical leads, Dr Will McKane and Dr Graham Lipkin hosted a webinar to examine key aspects of the national report and discuss putting the recommendations into practice.  If you wish to view this webinar, please contact [email protected]

Joint Clinical Lead: Dr Graham Lipkin

Consultant nephrologist, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (Queen Elizabeth Hospital), and immediate past president of the Renal Association.

Joint Clinical Lead: Dr William McKane

Consultant nephrologist and clinical lead for transplantation, Sheffield Kidney Institute, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Will McKane trained in medicine at Cambridge and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, qualifying in 1990. He undertook postgraduate renal training in St Mary’s Hospital, London and Lister Hospital, Stevenage. During his training he developed a subspecialty interest in transplant nephrology and was awarded a PhD by Imperial College, London in the field of xenotranplant immunobiology.

In 2001 he was appointed as a consultant nephrologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He was clinical director of the renal and transplant service from 2007 to 2013, and led the transplant workstream of the Yorkshire and Humber Renal Strategy Group. He remains the clinical lead for transplantation in Sheffield. He was a member of the British Transplantation Standards Committee 2015-17 He has been a member of the NHS England Renal Clinical Reference Group since 2013 and is currently the data lead, with responsibility for renal and transplant dashboards. He represents the CRG in the transplant tariff development process.

On his appointment as joint clinical lead, Dr McKane said: “Renal medicine is rich in data and this has been central to the Quality Improvement process that has thrived within the specialty. We must ensure that we are making the most of the data we have to deliver the best possible quality care for renal patients. The Getting it Right First Time programme represents an excellent opportunity for the specialty to stimulate the quality improvement process by highlighting variation across the country. Graham and I are looking forward to meeting all the renal teams in England, discussing their data and sharing good practice.”