What we did last year to...strive for excellence.
We established and grew partnerships and strengthened our long-term sustainability by investing in the skills and wellbeing of our amazing volunteers and staff members.
Partnering with industry
Collaboration is crucial. By developing a partnership approach with industry across the life sciences business sector, we can harness expertise and support to accelerate the development of new treatments to ensure they are available to patients sooner.
We welcomed six major pharmaceutical companies to our Industry Partnerships Programme: Astra Zeneca, Astellas, Boehringer, CSL Vifor, GSK and Novartis. By engaging with industry we can develop collaborative research projects, facilitate the acceleration of innovations and ensure patients’ voices can be heard by providing their lived experience as evidence to inform the case for regulatory approval for new treatments. This partnership programme also funds our annual Driving Discoveries research conference.
Our Industry Day 2022 event highlighted our unique role in facilitating collaborative opportunities. It has led to the creation of new patient study projects and helped support the drive to raise kidney disease up the health policy agenda.
Valuing our volunteers
Our army of volunteers are a vital part of Team Kidney, and their views are crucial to our success.
We conducted an anonymous volunteer survey to identify areas for improvement within the volunteer programme. Actioning the suggestions, we sourced more materials for information stands and continued with popular methods of communication to keep information flowing and to show our volunteers they are valued. Volunteers’ Week was celebrated with thank you cards, video calls and social media posts.
Sanjay’s drive for change
Team Kidney volunteer Sanjay Mistry is determined to help us accelerate change.
Living with diabetes since his early twenties, Sanjay’s kidney disease struck with no warning six years ago. After eighteen months on dialysis, he had to endure the emotional turmoil of having two transplant operations cancelled when surgeons found the donor kidneys were no longer viable. Following a third rush to hospital, Sanjay’s transplant finally went ahead.
Sanjay’s experiences are sadly shared by many kidney patients – a fact that has fired his drive for change. Now a member of both our Diversity & Inclusion and Lay Advisory groups, last year alone he contributed to our partnership work with Diabetes UK, helped advance expansion of the NURTuRE biobank, interviewed applicants in our latest fellowship round, lobbied parliamentarians, and took part in a diversity panel discussion at our AGM.
Annual report 2022-23
Read more from our annual report to find out how we're investing in research, awareness, and education to accelerate growth that will bring benefit to patients both now and in the future.