15,000th RaDaR patient recruited!

 

The 15,000th UK RaDaR patient was recruited on the 10th October 2017. This is a fantastic achievement and a testament to all the hard work and support that the 87 currently recruiting hospitals have given to the project over the years. Many thanks to you all.

Cystinosis Rare Disease Lead Advert

 

After over five highly successful years in the role, Dr Graham Lipkin is stepping down as lead for the Cystinosis Rare Disease Group and a replacement is now being sought.

This is a real opportunity to lead an enthusiastic group of clinicians, in partnership with patients and Industry, to support improvement in patient service, clinical care and research of an ultra-rare disease at an exciting time of drug development and change in service model.

Cystinosis Rare Disease Group Lead Advert

RaDaR Ethics amendment submitted

Following a review of our revised consent documents by NHS Digital, we have just submitted the latest RaDaR amendment to the South West – Central Bristol Research Ethics Committee.

The main changes concern clarification that RaDaR consent covers Patient View Sign-up, subject to local availability, and that patients consent to being contacted directly by a member of the central RaDaR team and/or their Rare Disease Group Lead regarding information events or further research studies.

The amendment will also allow for data linkage to other registries, including the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and Office for National Statistics (ONS) databases. This will allow for a far more comprehensive RaDaR data-set than is currently available with manual data entry. It will also allow for longitudinal follow-up of patients who have previously consented to condition-specific research studies, or who do so in the future.

No action is required on behalf of the sites at present. We will everyone informed as to the progress of this amendment and let you know when it is approved.

If you have any queries about the amendment please contact Melanie.Dillon@RenalRegistry.nhs.uk

Patient View Registration

 

RaDaR consent covers Patient View sign-up – subject to availability at each renal unit.

 

Research staff – please add your patients to Patient View once they have consented to RaDaR. This allows for an automatic transfer of blood and urine results from your renal IT system, to Patient View and on into RaDaR.

Patients – if your hospital have signed up to Patient View, you should receive your login details shortly after consenting to RaDaR.

Any problems please contact Melanie.Dillon@RenalRegistry.nhs.uk

 

Proposed Ethics Amendment for RaDaR

 

The RaDaR Operational Management Board and Rare Disease Group Leads have agreed to apply for an Ethics amendment to clarify the fact that RaDaR consent covers Patient View sign-up, subject to availability at individual renal units.

The proposed amendment will also allow for data linkage to other registries, including the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and Office for National Statistics (ONS) databases. This will allow for a far more comprehensive RaDaR data-set than is currently available with manual data entry. It will also allow for longitudinal follow-up of patients who have previously consented to condition-specific research studies, or who do so in the future. 

In addition, it is proposed to ask patients to consent to being contacted directly by a member of the central RaDaR team, regarding information events or further research studies. Such communication would always be approved by the patient’s Consultant before being sent out and will largely be circulated via Patient View.  

Approval will be sought from NHS Digital’s data Access Request Service (DARS). 

It is aimed to submit the Ethics amendment by the of September. Please continue to recruit patients to RaDaR in the meantime, using the current consent documents.

Further details will follow in the coming weeks but we would welcome suggestions over the proposed amendment to Melanie.Dillon@RenalRegistry.nhs.uk.

Clinician Educational Meeting on RaDaR & Fabry Disease

 

Prof Detlef Bockenhauer, chair of the Rare Disease Committee of the Renal Association, is hosting a forum to help clinicians and researchers to better understand RaDaR and Fabry Disease in particular. The event will be held during UK Kidney Week on Monday 19th June 2017 at the Pullman Hotel, Kings Dock, Liverpool, L3 4FP

The meeting has been organised by Sanofi Genzyme and will include a buffet dinner.

Places are limited and attendees are asked to RSVP to John Applegate at john@kolcommunications.net

Event Invite

 

RaDaR Update following NHS Cyber Attack

 

In regards to the recent cyber attack on the NHS, we want to reassure you that RaDaR has not been affected and that the patients’ data remains secure.

Neither the RaDaR servers nor North Bristol Trust (where our admin team are based) have been affected by this attack. Although data transfer to Patient View was suspended on Friday, this was just as a precaution in case there were further developments over the weekend.
 
RaDaR is held on a secure N3 server that has been fully security tested and is kept up-to-date with the latest security patches. The UK Renal Registry, who manage the daily operation of RaDaR, has Section 251 approval as an indication of our robust security and information governance policies and practices.

This particular breech was concerned with encrypting information to deny organisations access their files and to cause wide-spread disruption. It was not concerned with stealing patient data.

If you have any concerns about the security of RaDaR you can contact our technical team at:

nbn-tr.radar@nhs.net