26-28 April - Nottingham

The winners of Best Poster at the BRS2017 conference are:

#1 P087 – Cockroft & Gault – adding weight to the subject; an organisational change – Dawn Davin, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin

#2 P031 – Skin autofluorescence and dietary advanced glycation end products as risk factors in dialysis patients – Daniella Viramontes Horner, University of Nottingham

#3 P052 – Physical examination of arteriovenous fistula — an appraisal of evidence – Victoria Jackson, Central Manchester Foundation Trust


Registration for BRS 2017 Conference in Nottingham has now opened.

To register please click on the button below.

We are planning an enhanced and innovative CPD stream as well as our usual emphasis on all aspects of multidisciplinary working. Sessions hosted by member organisations of the BRS will remain a central feature. In collaboration with the British Transplant Society we are planning a focus on improving access to renal transplantation.

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Steve Andrews Bio

Steve Andrews
Associate Director Leadership & Change, East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Steve trained as a Children’s Nurse at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and specialised in the care of children and young people with cancer. Over an 18 year clinical career Steve held numerous hospital and national roles and eventually became the Senior Nurse for Children and Young People at University College London Hospital (UCLH).
Steve went on to become the Director of Programmes (Education) at UCLH and was part of the team tasked with implementing a new organisational education approach to quality and change. As part of that role he was the Chief Instructor for the ‘NHS Staff College’ leadership development programme in which NHS, Military and specialist leadership training combined to produce an inspirational and impactful programme.

Gurch Randhawa

Professor of Diversity in Public Health & Director, Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire 

Gurch is Professor of Diversity in Public Health and Director of the Institute for Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire, and Director of the UK Organ Donation & Transplant Research Centre

Gurch holds a number of policy and practice positions:

  • Co-Chair of the European Working Party on Public Issues in Organ Donation and Transplantation
  • Chairman, Transplant 2020 Stakeholder Group
  • National Member, National Black and Minority Ethnic Transplant Alliance
    Gurch has carried out extensive research examining variation in access to the kidney care pathway – from diagnosis to end-of-life care; and examining variation in organ donation rates among different ethnic and faith communities, with funding from Kidney Research UK, the Big Lottery Fund and NHS Blood & Transplant. He is currently conducting a feasibility study to examine whether GP practices can influence organ donor registration rates. Gurch was recently commissioned by NHS Blood & Transplant to develop the Faith Engagement & Organ Donation Action Plan which was published in partnership with Faith Leaders –

    His research is focused on the development of patient-centred care pathways in diabetes, kidney health, transplantation, and end-of-life care amongst diverse communities.

Martin Vernon
National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care

Martin qualified in 1988 in Manchester. Following training in the North West he moved to East London to train in Geriatric Medicine where he also acquired an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College. He returned to Manchester in 1999 to take up post as Consultant Geriatrician building community geriatrics services in South Manchester.

Martin was Associate Medical Director for NHS Manchester in 2010 and more recently Clinical Champion for frail older people and integrated care In Greater Manchester. He has been the British Geriatrics Society Champion for End of Life Care for 5 years and was a standing member of the NICE Indicators Committee.

In 2015 Martin moved to Central Manchester where he is Consultant Geriatrician and Associate Head of Division for Medicine and Community Services. He also holds Honorary Academic Posts at Manchester and Salford Universities and was appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Chester in 2016.

In 2016 Martin was appointed National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care at NHS England.

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Esther Crawley
NIHR Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol

Esther Crawley, is a Professor of Child Health at the University of Bristol, a Consultant Paediatrician and an NIHR Senior Research Fellow. She is the clinical lead for the Bath specialist CFS/ME service for children based at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. This service provides assessment and treatment for over 450 children and young people each year. Esther leads a research team which investigates the epidemiology and treatment of CFS/ME in children and adults. The epidemiological work uses the Avon and Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and a large cohort of patients (~18,000 adults, and 2500 children) to study the causes and different types of CFS/ME. Her team have developed expertise in delivering complex hard-to-do trials. They have just started recruiting to FITNET-NHS which will be the largest RCT in CFS/ME. FITNET-NHS will test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of internet delivered CBT throughout the UK. She is also running a large trial investigating Graded Exercise Therapy for children with CFS/ME. Esther trained in Oxford, did her PhD in London and lives in Bristol when she is not sailing or skiing with her teenagers.


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Ron Cullen
Director, Renal Registry

Ron has over 30 years of experience in the NHS. Starting his professional career as a biomedical scientist he went on to spend a great deal of his time working on the areas of governance and quality improvement. He has had several important roles in these areas including Director of the National Clinical Governance Support Team as well as Head of Healthcare Quality and Standards within the Department of Health. Ron has lectured and presented on quality improvement nationally and worldwide. For the last five years Ron has led the UK Renal Registry steering its vision and strategic development. When not working, Ron likes to spend time with his family and coaches a youth Rugby Team.


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Caroline Ashley
Lead Pharmacist Renal Services, Royal Free London NHS Foundation 

Caroline Ashley is the Lead Specialist Pharmacist for Renal Services at the University College of London Centre for Nephrology and Transplantation, Royal Free Hospital, with over 25 years renal experience. Her major areas of interest are transplantation and auto-immune renal disease. Caroline was involved in the development of the Renal National Service Framework, and the NICE guidelines on Immunosuppression in Renal Transplantation, Renal Anaemia, and Acute Kidney Injury. She is the co-editor of both the Renal Drug Handbook and the Introduction to Renal Therapeutics, and sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of Renal Medicine. In addition, for the last 3 years, she has been co-Chair of the Intervention workstream of the ‘Think Kidneys’ National AKI Programme.  She has been the Chair of the UK Renal Pharmacy Group since 1996, and was made Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, UCL School of Pharmacy in 2011. Her outside interests include driving steam trains, and playing the cello in a symphony orchestra.



Brian Gracey
Patient Representative


Cassie Brzoza
Patient Representative


Phil Kalra
UKKRC Chair, Consultant Nephrologist, Salford Royal Hospitals NHS trust



Paula Ormandy
BRS Vice President Research, Professor, University of Salford


Michael Nation
Development Director, Kidney Research UK


Stephanie MacNeill
Research Fellow in Medical Statistics, UK Renal Registry, University of Bristol



Louise Wells
Co-Chair KQuIP, BRS Vice President Clinical Development, Advanced Clinical Specialist Renal Dietitian, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Natalie Borman
Consultant Nephrologist, Portsmouth



James Burton
Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Nicola Thomas
Professor of Kidney Care, London South Bank University and Honorary Nurse Consultant, Barts Health NHS Trust



Katie Fielding
Clinical educator for the haemodialysis unit, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.




Jacqueline Ross
Senior Charge Nurse, Renal Unit, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


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Kristine Paule
Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist in Renal Dialysis Access, Royal Free Hospital, London,




Emma Coyne
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust



Gillian Chumbley
Psychotherapist/ Renal Counsellor, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust




Jeff Cove
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Royal Free London


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Margaret Eyre
Renal Social Worker, City of York Council




Amanda Bevin
Renal Counsellor, Kent & Canterbury Hospitals.



Carrie Hunt
Research Fellow




Bill Campbell
Assistant Director



Elaine Davies
Research Director




Kieran Lee
Senior Programme Manager


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Ken Farrington
Consultant Nephrologist, Lister Hospital




Fiona Loud
Co-chair Kidney Health Partnership and BKPA



Paul Bristow
Director of Marketing and Communications, BKPA


Karen Thomas
Head of Programmes, UK Renal Registry



Rachel Gair
Person Centred Care Facilitator, UK Renal Registry


Maz Ali
Peer Educator Co-ordinator, Kidney Research UK & Heart of England Foundation Trust (HEFT)


Jyoti Baharani


Jyoti Baharani
Consultant Physician and Nephrologist, Clinical Director, HEFT




Neerja Jain
Health Improvement Project Manager, Kidney Research UK



Maria Da Silva-Gane
Lead Clinical Counsellor- Renal Medicine, Lister Hospital


Ellen O’Connor
Senior Physiotherapist, Kings College London



Laura Evans
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust


Hannah Young
NIHR Research Physiotherapist, University Hospitals of Leicester



Lindsey Kilshaw
The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust


Lynne Russon
Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Leeds Teaching Hospital



Rob Lewis
Lead Research Consultant, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust


Sally Rennison
Patients Know Best



Dr Mel Wickremasinghe
Consultant in Respiratory Medicine


Sally Punzalan
Assistant Matron Peritoneal Dialysis, Royal London Hospital


Sharlene Greenwood
Lead Renal Physiotherapist, Kings College Hospital


Sue Shaw
Renal Pharmacist, Royal Derby Hospital


Helena Jackson
Renal Dietitian, St Georges University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Lynsey Williams
Qualitative Researcher, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth



Sivakumar Sridharan
Acting Consultant Nephrologist, Lister Hospital


Richard Baker
Consultant Nephrologist, Leeds University Hospital


Derek Manas
Professor of Surgery, Newcastle


Simon Ball
Consultant nephrologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham


Aisling Courtney
Consultant Nephrologist, Belfast


Jen Lumsdaine
Living Donor Coordinator, NHS Lothian


Neil Ashman
Nephrologist, Barts Health


Sec Hoong
Project Manager, Barts Health


Sally Hull
GP lead for the Clinical Effectiveness Group (CEG), Queen Mary University of London



Helen Rainey
Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for Chronic Kidney Disease at Barts Health


Edwina Brown
Consultant Nephrologist, Imperial College London



Martin Wilkie
Consultant Nephrologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals


Diana Wu
Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh



Rishi Pruthi
Registrar, North Bristol NHS Trust


Dominic Taylor
North Bristol NHS Trust and Student, University of Southampton



Andrea Gibbons
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London


Bernadette Li
Department of Health Services Research and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine



Hugh Rayner
Consultant Nephrologist, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust


Graham Lipkin
Consultant Kidney Specialist, Clinical Vice President of the Renal Association and Co-Chair KQuIP



Richard Fluck
Consultant Renal Physician, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Maria Da Silva-Gane

Lead Clinical Counsellor, Lister Hospital and Visiting Research Fellow, University of Hertfordshire

Iain Macdougall

Consultant Nephrologist, Lead for Renal Research and Development, Kings College Hospital NHS Trust


Anne-Marie Russell

NIHR clinical doctoral fellow, National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI), Imperial College, London

Sajeda Youssouf 


Orchard Hotel

Adjacent to the East Midlands Conference Centre, architects and interior designers have developed this eco-friendly building featuring accessible rooftop terraces, green roofs and the maximum use of natural daylight. Open spaces provide superb views of The University of Nottingham’s extensively landscaped campus, spanning 330 acres, located only 2 miles from the city Nottingham.

The Orchard Hotel incorporates a business lounge, 120-cover restaurant, bar area, outside terrace, gym and four meeting rooms. Other features include complimentary car parking, floor-to-ceiling windows, bespoke furniture and unique decor throughout.

Built to the highest environmental standards, achieving a BREEAM rating of Excellent, the hotel features state-of-the-art technology to reduce carbon emissions. Solar photovoltaic panels and ground-sourced heat technology are incorporated, as well as a lower energy-assisted cooling ventilation system.

We also have student accommodation available.


You can book your accommodation at the same time as registering for the conference through the online registration form.  Please contact if you have any questions.

Orchard Hotel
Beeston Lane
The University of Nottingham
NG7 2RJ 

0871 222 4836


BRS ‘Pop Up’ Sessions

BRS 2017 April 26th – 28th

What is a pop up session?

A ‘Pop Up’ session is an innovative interactive micro-education session that will be performed to a small number of delegates (on a first come first served basis) to experience practical training or extend knowledge of an everyday topic. Industry sponsored sessions last 20 mins and other sessions 45 mins. Pop up sessions are not scheduled during a concurrent plenary session.

Get close to experienced speakers, ask questions, learn something new or increase your understanding.

Micro- education Sessions:

Wednesday 26th April – Exhibition Hall

1. DBB-EXA – The First Fully-Automated Dialysis System (Industry)

Bob Rayit, Kieron O‘Neil, & Cae O’Halloran, NIKKISO

2. What technology would you use for plasma exchange? (Industry)

Dr Michiel Janssen, Terumo BCT

2.30- 2.50pm
3. Effective use of Twitter

Cristina Vasilica, Post-Doc Research Fellow in Digital and Social Media, University of Salford

4. Person Centred Care – How to Support Patients to Self-Manage

 Rachel Gair, Person Centred Care Facilitator, UK Renal Registry

5.  Useful conversations to develop a good relationship with patients

Ellen O’Connor, Senior Renal Physiotherapist and Nicola Marsh, Senior Renal Dietitian, Kings College Hospital


Thursday 27th April – Exhibition Hall

 6. Protein energy wasting and nutritional requirements in dialysis patients (Industry)

Sarah Gooda, Renal Dietitian,  Wrexham Maelor Hospital

7. Developing online communities

Cristina Vasilica, Post-Doc Research Fellow in Digital and Social Media, University of Salford

8. BioImpedance training

Elizabeth Lindley, Clinical Scientist, Leeds NHS Trust

9. Anaemia management – All your questions answered

Elaine Locke, Clinical Nurse Specialist – Renal Anaemia, Wessex Kidney Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital

Dianne McDaid, Renal Dialysis Access Nurse, Kent Kidney Centre, East Kent Hospitals University Trust




10. How to teach your staff emergency procedures

Katie Fielding, Professional Development Advisor HD, Royal Derby Hospital

11. In Centre HD – A Shared Care Vision

Tania Barnes, Sonia Lee, & Martin Wilkie, Consultant, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust  


Friday 28th April – Exhibition Hall and Worcester Suite

12. Central Venous Catheter Dysfunction (Industry)

Vascular Access Specialist, Syner-Med Pharmaceutical Products Ltd

13. Water soluble vitamin losses in dialysis (Industry)

Clair Morlidge, Renal Pharmacist, Lister Hospital & Stanningley Pharma

14. Welfare Benefits Support Service for Kidney Failure Patients (Industry)

Carold Arnold, Auriga Services




15. BioImpedance training

David Keane, Clinical Scientist, Leeds NHS Trust

16. Recognising depression in CKD patients: when to refer

Emma Coyne, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

17. Prioritising Research Outcomes for PD Research

Martin Wilkie & Sonia Lee, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust