Professor of Kidney Care
London South Bank UniversityEngland - London (South)
Nicola Thomas, RGN, BSc (Hons), MA, PhD is Professor of Kidney Care at London South Bank University. She is also honorary nurse consultant at Barts Health NHS Trust, London where she has been involved in the development of the East London Community Kidney Service.
Her clinical and research work has focused on prevention and self-management of kidney disease. She has specific expertise in quality improvement (QI) and has been part of three national QI projects in kidney care, funded by the Health Foundation and managed by Kidney Research UK. Nicola has a particular interest in patient and carer involvement in education and research and is a founder member of the Kidney Patient Involvement Network (KPIN).
Q Exchange ideas
We aim to reduce unnecessary out-patient appointments for those who have received kidney transplants, by assessing patient reported and clinical need. Our idea is transferable to other conditions.
People who have advanced kidney disease have to make very difficult decisions about their long-term health, such as choice of dialysis. The condition also has a significant impact on day-to-day life including dietary changes and medicine management. Emotional and practical support from others who have experienced these issues is very helpful. Many kidney units have a team of peer supporters who provide emotional support but often the support is not fully utilised (Taylor 2016). This project aims to identify the reasons for poor take-up of the peer support service through a co-designed approach with existing peer supporters in one inner city NHS Trust.