ANN UK

ANN UK aims to provide professional and clinical support, education, training and develop clinical standards of care for all levels of registered and non-registered nurses working in kidney care.

THE VISION

ANN UK is a non-profit making membership organisation that aims to provide support for registered and non-registered nurses through education, research, evidence-based practice and by setting national standards for nurses working in kidney care.   This vision will be realised through:

  • A forum to develop and share best clinical practice, research and foster quality improvement to inform and enhance care of patients with kidney disease
  • Promoting and developing strong nursing leadership within kidney care and increase the nursing voice influencing national policy and workforce development
  • Creating and leading innovative nurse training and professional development, generating and/or endorsing a national curriculum for nurses working in kidney care
  • Developing, updating and promoting standards for best nursing practice in kidney care

MEMBERSHIP

Become a member of this new and growing association for just £15/year.
Members will receive access to e-learning modules; plus a years free subscription to the Journal of Kidney Care .

Access to E-learning

JKC - free to new members

Members Only

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Renal Nursing Course coming soon!

Full Membership - £15/year

Subscription period: 1 year Automatic renewal (recurring payments)

Any registered nurse working in the UK caring for people with all stages of
kidney disease is eligible to join and have the right to vote, hold office, serve as a
chairperson of standing committees or serving committees. This membership will complement any existing professional association membership and not seek to replace it.

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Associate Membership - £10/year

Subscription period: 1 year Automatic renewal (recurring payments)

All technicians, non-registered nurses, dietitians, counsellors, social workers, physicians and other healthcare professionals interested in kidney care are eligible for associate membership. Associates shall have the same privileges of members in the association apart from the right to vote, holding office, serving as a chairperson of standing committees or serving committees limited to full members. This membership will complement any existing professional association membership and not seek to replace it.

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Student/Non-registered Nurse Membership - £10/year

Subscription period: 1 year Automatic renewal (recurring payments)

Any generic registered nursing student who is interested in nephrology, transplantation and related therapies is eligible for membership. Student members shall have the same privileges of members in the association apart from the right to vote, holding office, serving as a chairperson of standing committees or serving committees limited to full members.

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International Membership - £20/year

Subscription period: 1 year Automatic renewal (recurring payments)

Any registered nurse living outside of the United Kingbritishrenal.orgdom interested in nephrology, transplantation and related therapies is eligible for membership. International members shall have the same privileges of members in the association apart from the right to vote, holding office, serving as a chairperson of standing committees or serving committees limited to full members. This membership will complement any existing professional association membership and not seek to replace it.

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Full 3 year Membership - £40

Subscription period: 3 years

No automatically recurring payments

Any registered nurse working in the UK caring for people with all stages of
kidney disease is eligible to join and have the right to vote, hold office, serve as a
chairperson of standing committees or serving committees. This membership will complement any existing professional association membership and not seek to replace it.
By subscribing to three years membership in one payment you receive a £5 discount.

APPLY HERE

Associate 3 year Membership - £25

Subscription period: 3 years

No automatically recurring payments

All technicians, non-registered nurses, dietitians, counsellors, social workers, physicians and other healthcare professionals interested in kidney care are eligible for associate membership. Associates shall have the same privileges of members in the association apart from the right to vote, holding office, serving as a chairperson of standing committees or serving committees limited to full members. This membership will complement any existing professional association membership and not seek to replace it.
By subscribing to three years membership in one payment you receive a £5 discount.

By subscribing to three years membership in one payment you receive a £5 discount.

APPLY HERE

Student/Non-registered Nurse 3 year Membership - £25

Subscription period: 3 years

No automatically recurring payments

Any generic registered nursing student who is interested in nephrology, transplantation and related therapies is eligible for membership. Student members shall have the same privileges of members in the association apart from the right to vote, holding office, serving as a chairperson of standing committees or serving committees limited to full members.
By subscribing to three years membership in one payment you receive a £5 discount.

APPLY HERE

International 3 year Membership - £55

Subscription period: 3 years

No automatically recurring payments

Any registered nurse living outside of the United Kingdom interested in nephrology, transplantation and related therapies is eligible for membership. International members shall have the same privileges of members in the association apart from the right to vote, holding office, serving as a chairperson of standing committees or serving committees limited to full members. This membership will complement any existing professional association membership and not seek to replace it.
By subscribing to three years membership in one payment you receive a £5 discount.

APPLY HERE

Introducing the Executive Board 

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Karen Jenkins

Consultant Nurse Renal Medicine, Kent Kidney Care Centre, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

 

Karen has many years’ experience in renal nursing: nephrology, haemodialysis, anaemia management, pre dialysis and research.  She became a Consultant Nurse in 2003 working mainly in Renal Palliative care. She is passionate about education & training, clinical leadership, and raising the profile of renal nurses.

She is known nationally and internationally for her work as: BRS Vice President for Clinical Practice, Consultant Editor Journal of Kidney Care, CKD Consultant EDTNA/ERCA. She is co-founder of the Anaemia Nurse Specialist Association (ANSA) and the Association of Nephrology Nurses (ANN UK).

Professor Paula Ormandy

Professor Long-Term Conditions Research, University of Salford

 

From a background of Nephrology Nursing, Paula, progressed her career in research, predominantly focusing on kidney care, information need and provision, self-management and patient experience; recently focusing on digital and social media. She holds a Chair in Long Term Conditions Research at the University of Salford. As British Renal Society Vice President for Research, chairs the Research Committee and has chaired the UK Kidney Research Consortium made up of 12 national research clinical study groups. She is the co-lead for a new national Kidney Patient Involvement Network seeking to improve the quality of patient involvement across the kidney community. She is a co-founder of the Association of Nephrology Nurses UK and the Greater Manchester Kidney Information Network (GMKIN).

Helen Hurst

Consultant Nurse for Older People/Frailty

 

Helen is a Consultant Nurse for Older People/Frailty with over 25 years’ experience in the NHS. From 2000 she worked as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in renal at Manchester University Foundation Trust.  She is part of a strategic alliance with Manchester Metropolitan University to develop masters level courses for frailty/older and been instrumental in re-establishing a renal course 3yrs ago. She completed her PhD (2011) ‘Patient experience of Encapsulating Peritoneal Sclerosis’. She is Vice President, BRS Education committee, Programme co-chair UKKW 2018, member of International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD), and a clinical expert for NICE. She has presented nationally and internationally. Helen is interested in research capacity building and engaging nurses and AHP’s in research.

Vicky Ashworth

Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Haemodialysis, Royal Liverpool

 

Vicky is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Haemodialysis at the Royal Liverpool Renal unit. She has 20 years’ experience in renal nursing, achieving: ENB 136 (renal course), BA, Specialist practitioner in Renal Nursing, and an MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice.

She is a strong believer in the development of nurses to provide first class patient care and that nurses flourish when they have both clinical and education skills combined. She is passionate about renal nursing and renal nurses and look forward to providing a national support for them through ANN UK.

Nicola Anderson

Senior Renal Research Nurse at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

 

Nicola is a Senior Renal Research Nurse at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked within the field of clinical research since 2003, in both clinical and teaching roles. She has broad experience of study management including coordination of multi-centre CTIMP and device studies.  She completed an MSc in Healthcare Law and Ethics in 2008 (University of Birmingham) and is currently undertaking postgraduate study at the Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes Research (CPROR), University of Birmingham, exploring the use and implementation of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in the management of patients with end stage renal disease requiring treatment with haemodialysis

Marissa Dainton

Senior lecturer in adult nursing, Canterbury Christ Church University

 

Marissa is a senior lecturer in adult nursing at Canterbury Christ Church University where she works on both pre and post registration nursing education. She has 20 years’ experience in renal nursing both on a renal ward and in haemodialysis, latterly managing the satellite dialysis unit in Dover for 8yrs prior to making the change in her career to lecturer.

She has published on self/shared care in dialysis and on other renal issues and has served as UK Brand Ambassador and an executive committee member for the EDTNA/ERCA. Marissa is also a member of  the BRS Education Committee.

Nicola Thomas

Nicola Thomas, RGN, BSc (Hons), MA, PhD is Professor of Kidney Care at London South Bank University and honorary nurse consultant at Barts Health NHS Trust.

 

Nicola has worked within the renal speciality for all her career and has extensive clinical, teaching and research experience. Her clinical and research work has focused on prevention and self-management of kidney disease. She is a founder member of the Kidney Patient Involvement network (KPIN). Nicola is Deputy Vice President (Education) of the British Renal Society. She was Editor of the Journal of Renal Care (2012-2019) and is Editor of the Renal Nursing textbook.

Claire Main

Lead Nurse for Nephrology and Transplant, Cardiff and Vale Health Board

 

Claire is currently Lead Nurse for Nephrology and Transplant within Cardiff and Vale Health Board, and has worked within Renal Nursing for 20 years.  Her role focuses on developing an expert team of renal nurses to deliver a patient centred service.

Prior to this, one of her most rewarding posts was managing the Home Dialysis team within Cardiff, which led to the exciting national role of Clinical Education Manager. This increased her interest in service development and gave insight into other units to discover innovative ideas, and collaborate on projects to drive excellence in renal nursing.

Breeda McManus

Consultant Nurse at Barts Health/Lead nurse Trust medicine Board

 

Breeda has over 20 years’ experience in various London teaching hospitals caring for people with kidney disease, as well as being involved in significant levels of staff management. She has extensive clinical and leadership experience in kidney care. She achieved her BSc (Nursing) from Kingston University and MSc Kings College London. Alongside her many clinical roles Breeda held positions on a number of National Policy Groups including the Department of Health Renal Advisory Group. She worked as a Renal Consultant Nurse at Barts Health for over 10 years and now holds the position of Deputy Chief Nurse at Whittington Health.

Lynsey Stronach

Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Haemodialysis and Extracorporeal Circuits

 

Lynsey is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Haemodialysis and Extracorporeal Circuits at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. She was the nursing lead for the initiation and development of the first UK mobile home HD service at GOSH and is an advocate for nocturnal home haemodialysis. She is the national lead for the paediatric KQUIP fistula project and co-chair for the BRS specialist interest group for vascular access. She currently co-leads on the paediatric nursing renal course at Southbank University. She  is passionate about empowering young people to make decisions and take a lead in their healthcare choices.

Helen Watts

Lead nurse for the CKD nurse specialist team, West London renal & Transplant Services, Imperial College, Healthcare NHS Trust, London

 

Helen is Lead nurse for the CKD nurse specialist team, West London renal & Transplant Services, Imperial College, Healthcare NHS Trust, London. During her career she has worked in haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, community care; nurse led low clearance and general nephrology. She is passionate about developing CKD services and sharing her knowledge and experience.  Her current focus is on education for patients with early stage CKD. She has also been providing nurse input to a shared care pathway which aims to support primary care to provide quality CKD management for patients with stable renal disease.

Sue Woodcock

Head of Nursing for Renal Services (UK) Ltd

 

Sue began her career on a renal transplant ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1988.
Since then, she has worked in a number of UK renal units in various roles: Haemodialysis Sister, Practice Educator, Matron, Lead for Renal Education and Head of Nursing.
In the 1990s, Sue also worked as a Charge Nurse for a dialysis charity in Singapore. In 2014, she took on a senior lecturer role teaching.
Sue took a sabbatical from her role as Head of Nursing for Renal Services (UK) Ltd to participate in the Clipper round the world Yacht Race and has since rejoined her role and the executive board.

Sally is currently a Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Cumbria teaching Pre-Registration Nurse Education. Prior to moving into her lecturing role in 2019, Sally was the Home Dialysis Therapies Lead Nurse, responsible for the delivery of a nurse-led Peritoneal Dialysis and Home Haemodialysis service across North Cumbria.

Having worked as a Renal Nurse since 2003, Sally has developed a passion for patient centred care and nurse education. She is driven to contribute to renal nurse development and education to ensure excellence in patient care.

Gail is passionate about improving independence and confidence for individuals faced with CKD. She has over 3 decades experience within nephrology, including PD, HD self care, HHD and pre dialysis.  Gail has led and implemented self care HD and NHHD programmes successfully, the first for Wales.

 

Gail is currently the lead nurse for the WRCN, collaborating in the strategic delivery of specialist renal care across Wales.  She has developed an accredited South Wales renal module to support nurse education, has an interest in RRT education including advanced care planning (ACP) for individuals faced with CKD.

 

Gail received the BJN Renal Nurse of the Year Award in 2019.

Dr Sarah Brand is Assistant Divisional Nurse in the Cancer and Associated Specialities division of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.  She also works as the Senior Renal Research Nurse within the Nottingham Renal Unit and has over 15 years of renal clinical trials experience. She is a member of the UK Renal Clinical Trials Network and is also one of the NIHR [email protected] Nurse Research Leaders, seeking to build a research-led care environment within the nursing profession . Her interests are patient and public engagement in research and service improvement, and increasing nurse capacity and capability for research.

Contact us:

Telephone: 07543 505854

Email: [email protected]

Address: 5 Trent Drive, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 6QZ

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