The Shared Haemodialysis Care Virtual Course

2 day online course running via Microsoft Teams

Funded by

Funded by Kidney Care UK

Accredited by the Royal College of Nursing

All accredited programmes are subject to a rigorous quality assessment process to ensure the learning and development initiatives meet the RCN's standards of excellence. As a delegate on an RCN accredited programme, you can guarantee that the content will promote best practice and lead to improved patient care.

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Royal College of Nursing Accredited

The new two day virtual course is for pre booked teams from haemodialysis units wishing to initiate or rejuvenate their shared haemodialysis care programmes. Individuals will not be accepted onto this course - please see expectations below.

Your team will form a cohort with 2 or 3 other teams during this highly interactive training interspersed with self-directed learning.

Whilst this course is free and currently funded from a grant with Kidney Care UK (KCUK), a donation to the charity is appreciated to continue to improve access to all patients requiring in centre haemodialysis care through this initiative. Information on how to do this is included on the registration form that will be sent to you when your team has been accepted.

The Shared Haemodialysis Course is RCN accredited and provides a certificate with 15 CPD points for attendance.

Next available dates:

  • Course 23: 11 September 2024 and 9 October 2024
  • Course 24: 6 November 2024 and 4 December 2024

For further information or to discuss organising your team attending the course, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.

Tania Barnes, Shared Care course lead

Course lead: Tania Barnes

Tania has been training in shared haemodialysis care since its development in 2011 and is able to provide a bespoke aspect to each cohort, inviting the expertise of others to join her as course facilitators and guest speakers.

The shared care community of support enables haemodialysis unit teams to receive information and direction to plan and progress with their programmes to enhance patient centred care through self-management

Read more about how shared haemodialysis care puts patients back in control.

Read more: A learning process to deliver virtual staff training involving patients in shared haemodialysis care

This article describes how the virtual course has evolved from its beginnings in 2011 into the training we have today with teams of health care practitioners and patients learning from and with each other.

Tania Barnes, Martin Wilkie

Clinical Kidney Journal, Volume 16, Issue Supplement_1, September 2023, Pages i48–i56,

Published: 13 September 2023

Expectations of teams attending:

Preparation pre course:

  • The team lead will discuss expectations and seek advice regarding their team members with the training lead before booking the course

  • Teams will be made up of four attendees which will include one or two patients (This can be negotiated in discussion with Tania Barnes, Course lead). All grades are welcome but there must be a senior role within the group, ideally in a managerial post

  • Each team member will complete the staff or patient questionnaire to inform the course lead of the bespoke support required

  • Team members will be familiar with the use of Microsoft Teams and have a camera for visual attendance

  • Team members will arrange how they communicate with each other during the study days if not located together

  • Team members will complete the homework between the two days and be prepared for day two with their presentation of plan

During the study days:

  • All team members are expected to fully participate as they would on a face to face course attending from 9:30am to 4:30pm on both days and to remain fully engaged throughout. (Exceptions are for patient attendees who are attending voluntarily)

  • Time is allocated for completion of post course evaluation. Team members will submit theirs before the end of the session to receive a certificate of attendance and CPD points

The virtual training will consist of PowerPoint presentations, discussions to reflect on learning, interview style discussions with guest speakers and patients experienced in shared care and exercises for the team away from the screen during the study days.

Post course:

To maintain momentum and sustain progress, staff members will be invited to attend future shared haemodialysis care network forum events. These are staff events providing a discussion forum and presentations related to patient involvement. Join us for an inclusive and ongoing community of support designed to keep shared care on the agenda.

Patients will be invited to patient focus groups to work together on projects related to shared care collaborating with staff to improve involvement opportunities and experience of patient empowerment within haemodialysis units.

History of the Shared Haemodialysis Care Course

Learn about the origin and progression of the course since its inception in 2011

2011: First grants
Yorkshire & Humber secures grants from both the Health Foundation & NHS Kidney Care to fund a 2 year programme of Shared Haemodialysis Care.
2013: New Venue
The course begins being hosted by BBraun in their Sheffield campus.
2013: Regional Expansion
The Yorkshire and Humber course branches out to accept delegates from beyond the region and receives a gold award for best training programme in the Training Journal awards.
2014: Further funding
A Regional Innovation grant enables the course to continue training national delegates for a further 2 years.
2017: Kidney Care UK
The course begins being funded by Kidney Care UK.
2017-2019: SHAREHD
A Quality Improvement Collaborative works with 19 Trusts across England to scale up Shared Care, funded for 3 years by the Health Foundation. This is underpinned by a study following more than 600 patients to provide evidence to support greater patient involvement nationally.
2019: Accreditation
The course receives accreditation by the Royal College of Nursing, subsequently reaccredited in 2020.
2021: Virtual World
The Shared Care course moves to an online format in response to the pandemic and gains patients to work with teams in co-production. Commerical partners continue to support and progress the shared care initiative.

The growth of Shared Care

  • 896

    Total staff trained since the course was launched in 2011
  • 251

    Staff trained virtually since 2020
Map of attendees on the shared care course

Day 1 objectives

  • Assess where your unit is in relation to shared care

  • Understand the essential elements that form the foundations of shared care

  • Utilise each other’s experience and expertise within own team and network

  • Challenge current perspective of care and what we can do to improve the HD experience for patients

  • Increase awareness of the patients perspective

  • Have a clear plan of ideas to test

Day 2 Objectives

  • Share progress and analyse what worked or didn’t work re plans and why?

  • Highlight sources of other information to support shared care to increase knowledge and understanding of the bigger picture

  • Collaborate to improve within own network using experience of others

  • Understand importance of measurement and know how to evidence improvement

  • Raise awareness of patient partnership opportunities

  • Know what your goal is in terms of the shared care roadmap for progress

To maintain momentum and sustain your progress you will be invited to attend future shared care network forum events.

Interested? Get in touch via the form below

Note: This form does not book you onto the course. Our training lead will contact you to discuss your needs before any organised training can be confirmed.