The UK Renal Registry Annual Report is a vital source of information for the renal community. The report is used by a variety of stakeholders but its principle purpose is to act as a source of data for audit and benchmarking against the quality of care standards created by the Renal Association and other organisations. The data reported here have been supplied by the UK Renal Registry of the Renal Association. The interpretation and reporting of these data are the responsibility of the authors and in no way should be seen as an official policy or interpretation of the UK Renal Registry or the Renal Association.