Chronic kidney disease (CKD)


Why it’s important? 

Detection of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in primary care allows identification of people at higher risk of developing acute kidney injury, cardiovascular disease and 'end stage' kidney disease.


Evidence and evaluation

NICE kidney disease guidance  Defines and classifes CKD.

CKD describes abnormal kidney function and/or structure present for more than three months, with implications for health.



ScotPho Public Health Information for Scotland - Kidney Disease

Find out more about key data sources for CKD. This includes further information on Practice Team Information, SPIRE, QoF, Prescribing data and other secondary care data sources.


National programmes

National chronic kidney disease audit – NHS England and Welsh Government

This audit found that that CKD coding is variable in practices. Although most practices test a high proportion of patients at risk of CKD, specifically those with diabetes and hypertension, on average only half of patients with CKD identifiable on blood tests are being appropriately coded.

Read the pilot report