Social Care


The WKRU aim is to promote higher quality research on an all-Wales basis that can lead to UK and international collaborations to secure return on research investment into Wales. People living with kidney disease are high users of health, social care and third sector services. The WKRU  has a remit to prioritise social care research questions and support setting up of research development groups (RDGs) to address priority social care research questions. Health and social care professionals can integrate social care research questions  within health-focussed research proposals or undertake stand alone social care research.


Creating a Research Development Group with the right people and collaborators


Health and Social Care Professionals

Members of the multi-disciplinary team to lead or include in Research Development Groups:

  • Renal Physicians, Nephrologists and Surgeons:  WKRU is linked with the Wales Clinical Renal Network
  • Renal Nurses
  • Renal Social Workers
  • Renal Psychologists
  • Renal Pharmacists  RPS (Wales)
  • Renal Dieticians

Third sector/ Local Authority Social Care Organisations

Third sector organisations  are affiliated  with WKRU .  Their contribution is vital for developing RDGs and nominating Patient and Public Representatives.

DEWIS is an external link not associated with the WKRU that provides information on organisations working in health and social wellbeing across Wales. 

SAIL (Secure Anonymised Information Linkage)

SAIL is a Wales-wide research resource focused on improving health, well-being and public services.  SAIL contains routinely-collected  patient data for research purposes.  Dr James Chess  is leading the integration of the renal dataset into SAIL on behalf of the WKRU.

Contact if you need support and advice or signposting to additional partners  to put  together a Research Development Group to write a research proposal.