Our Association

The SCKPA is run for Patients by Patients.
Everyone on our Committee is either a patient or the carer of a patient.

We raise money to help all kidney patients cope with any mental, physical or financial problems.  The SCKPA has also raised funds over the years in anticipation of providing the new renal ward in Oxford with as many of the extras that staff and patients need as can be afforded.  The combined renal and transplant ward is scheduled to open at Christmas 2019

We offer support to people suffering from kidney disease and/or renal insufficiency. We cover members from the area served by the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and its successors (Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and parts of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, not forgetting Milton Keynes).

Membership is open to anyone interested in furthering the objectives of the Association, at the discretion of the Committee.

Annual subscription to the SCKPA is a minimum of £1 (although donations are gratefully received!) You can subscribe using an annual subscription form Alternatively, you can help reduce our administrative costs by completing a standing order mandate for a minimum of £5 annually. An annual subscription of £5 will almost cover the costs of your quarterly copy of VIVA!

Membership offers:

  • A regular copy of VIVA! - our quarterly magazine in which you will find much that is relevant to you!
  • Automatic membership of the National Kidney Federation, which campaigns on behalf of kidney patients at national and international level
  • Social activities (quarterly general meetings, with speakers) and mutual support through our five branches.
  • Opportunities to participate in fund raising activities for essential kidney research and equipment.


For more information about the SCKPA, click one of the links below:

Officers & committee: names and contact details of our elected officers, branch secretaries and other committee members.

Advisors & therapists: details of our advisors and therapists and the services they offer.

Quarterly meetings: details of where and when the SCKPA meets. All members welcome.

History of the SCKPA: a brief outline of how it all started, the formation of the 'Shunt club' fifty years ago and the registration of the SCKPA with the Charities Commission in 1981