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As part of our webinar series on Covid-19 and kidney patients, Kidney Care UK would like to invite you to join this free Zoom webinar for patients, carers and healthcare professionals as the vaccine rollout continues and we approach the winter season. A panel of experts from renal medicine, including Dr Michelle Willicombe, Dr Andrew Frankel, Dr Rebecca Suckling and Professor Richard Haynes, will be online to answer your questions about coronavirus and chronic kidney disease. Our Kidney Care UK lead counsellor, Jackie Pilcher, will also be discussing how to cope with anxiety and boost your emotional wellbeing.
The webinar will last for approximately 90 minutes. It will be recorded and the video, along with a summary report, will be shared afterwards on our website.
Please submit questions at time of booking or email them to [email protected] by Thursday 4th November and put 'Webinar questions' as the subject.
Please note that we will not be able to cover individual treatment issues, but will be able to cover broader topics through the session. We’re really looking forward to hearing from you.
Dr Michelle Willicombe is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, with clinical expertise in transplantation. Her research interest is in the prevention and treatment of antibody-mediated transplant rejection. She is the chair of the British Transplant Society Clinical Research and Trials Committee.
Dr Rebecca Suckling is a consultant nephrologist, looking after patients with kidney diseases both on the ward at St Helier Hospital and in clinics at St Helier Hospital and other locations in Surrey. She is also Associate Medical Director for Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust. Dr Suckling has specialist interests in hypertension, running a shared hypertension clinic, and in pre-dialysis, helping prepare patients for dialysis and possible kidney transplantation. She has additional research interests in hypertension. Dr Suckling is the chair of the patient information committee which is a joint committee with Kidney Care UK and the Renal Association and provides high quality information on kidney diseases and the consequences of them which is jointly developed with patients.
Dr Andrew Frankel has been working as a consultant nephrologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust since 1995. He has experience in managing all aspects of kidney disease but has a particular interest in relation to the management of diabetes in the context of kidney disease. He was the director of Imperial’s Foundation School from its inception to 2010, London lead for Foundation Training and Postgraduate Dean for south London from 2013 and 2018.
Professor Richard Haynes did his pre-clinical medical studies in Cambridge before moving to Oxford for his clinical studies and qualified in 2000. He completed his training in renal medicine in 2011 and was appointed as an honorary consultant at the Oxford Kidney Unit. He is now Programme Leader in the MRC Population Health Research Unit for the programme in Randomised Trials in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease. Richard is part of the RECOVERY Collaborative Group which leads a large scale clinical trial of potential treatments for people hospitalised with Covid-19.
Jackie Pilcher is the lead counsellor and psychotherapist at Kidney Care UK and is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has worked with numerous kidney patients to provide emotional support and space to talk about the impact of chronic kidney disease. Jackie has also written blogs on how to improve wellbeing by encouraging positive thought patterns.
Fiona Loud will be chairing the discussion. She has been policy director of Kidney Care UK since 2013 and was previously Director of the Kidney Alliance. Fiona is involved with numerous other groups, working to improve standards of care for kidney patients. She has been leading the charity’s policy and campaigning response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Fiona spent 5 years on dialysis after her kidneys failed, before receiving a transplant from her husband in late 2006.