The National Renal Office was established on World Kidney Day 2009 to provide Governance, Integration and Leadership in developing a National Framework for delivering Renal Services in Ireland.
The National Renal Office (NRO) is responsible for planning, co-ordinating and managing the strategic framework of Renal Services across the country. The NRO will inform the service planning process and the decision making process regarding allocation of resources for Renal Services and facilitate an integrated focus on priority areas of concern in relation to Renal Services.
Regional Directors of Operations and local Renal Units will continue to maintain operational responsibility for the delivery of Renal Services within their region. Each of the HSE Regions also has a Clinical Lead for Renal Services.
The National Renal Office is embedded within the National Directorate for Clinical Strategy and Programmes.
The Aims of the National Renal Office
- To continue development of patient-centred Renal Services.
- To provide services to populations at local level, consistent with safe and effective care and practice.
- To develop networks of appropriately designed and maintained hospitals/dialysis facilities, with adequate inpatient, outpatient, laboratory and radiology facilities, supporting patient care in a fully integrated manner.
- To ensure access to the most modern diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.
- To establish and maintain effective governance models to ensure that Renal Services are delivered to nationally defined standards.
National Renal Office Priorities
The immediate priorities for the National Renal Office are:
- Expansion of renal transplantation activity
- Expansion of dialysis capacity to accommodate growth in demand
- Provision of services closer to patient’s homes
- Improvement in patient centred care
The Scope of the NRO includes:
- National Renal Strategy - Implementation of a National Renal Strategy supported by operational plans and other Renal Health Intelligence.
- Governance – Providing Standards of Care & Operational Policies supported by Process and Outcome Metrics and Key Performance Indicators.
- Renal Health Intelligence – Kidney Disease Clinical Patient Management System (KDCPMS).
- Planning – Informing the service planning process and making recommendations on future national renal priorities based on clinical need and ongoing collection of epidemiological practice and outcome data.
- Procurement – Lead on discussions, inform and liaise with HSE Procurement on negotiations, tendering and on the management of renal contract decisions.
- Liaison with individual networks and Renal Units, including Paediatric Renal Units, and the National Transplant Office.
- Liaison with advocacy and patient representative groups.
- Foster integration of Renal Services with other Acute and Community Chronic Disease management Programmes, especially the Acute Medicine Programme