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How did we do in 2021/22?

Our performance against the year’s objectives

During a tough year dominated once again by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have worked hard to push forward in every area of our strategy, but we know there is still more to do.

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Accelerate discovery

  • Restarted our research programme and secured significant investment through The Stoneygate Trust and some new
    funding partners.
  • Invested £7.4 million in research, awareness and education.
  • Launched our updated Research Strategy October 2021
  • Supported innovation e.g. our Kidney MedTech Competition, Alport Research Hub and Salford peer educator project.
  • Continued to support existing networks, established the UK Renal Health Data Research Network and by year end preparing to launch the UK Dialysis Research and Innovation Network.
  • Supported ongoing studies, co-funded the MELODY trial, continued co-funding the PROTECT-V trial and joined the Safe
  • At Work coalition.
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Make it count

  • NICE guidelines changed following findings from a study we co-funded.
  • Supported researchers with commercialisation through [email protected] and our MedTech Competition.
  • Continuing to improve organisational knowledge.
  • Established a policy unit.
  • Lobbied to address the mental and emotional toll of kidney disease.
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Rally together for change

  • Generated £12.8 million and made a start on our income generation strategy for the future. We also introduced some
    new approaches to fundraising.
  • Patients have reviewed grant applications, campaigned and educated, including on World Kidney Day.
  • Membership of Kidney Voices has more than doubled to almost 1,000.
  • Achieved a significant uplift in patient involvement.
  • Reached a wider audience base including through direct political engagement, growing the community ambassador programme, launching on TikTok and testing targeted TV advertising.
  • Our Transforming Treatments campaign features hard-hitting messages about the realities of living with kidney disease.
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Strive for excellence

  • Widened our reach by embracing online events such as Driving Discoveries and Kidney Conversations.
  • Staff working practices are now more flexible, with hybrid working encouraged.
  • Upgraded our IT systems utilising new cloud technology.

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