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As part of our webinar series on Covid-19 and kidney patients, Kidney Care UK, the Renal Association and the British Renal Society would like to invite you to join this free Zoom webinar for patients, carers and healthcare professionals as the vaccine rollout continues and shielding is paused. A panel of experts from renal medicine and also occupational medicine, including Dr Michelle Willicombe, Dr Sunil Daga, Dr Tony Williams, and Dr Rebecca Suckling, will be online to answer your questions about coronavirus and chronic kidney disease.
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 in advance by sending them to [email protected] by Friday 26 March 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 Sunil Kumar Daga is a Consultant Nephrologist and Transplant Physician at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds. He is an honorary scientific advisor for Kidney Research Yorkshire charity and an honorary medical advisor for South Asian Health Action charity. He is a committee member of Research and Clinical Trials at British Transplant Society, UK. He was a member of Living Transplant Initiative and co-led community projects to improve living kidney donation in South Asians. He had actively contributed in parliamentary committee for organ donation and strategy for organ donation in BAME.
Dr Tony Williams has over twenty five years’ experience as a consultant occupational physician. A Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, he has been an examiner for the Faculty and taught on the course for the Diploma in Occupational Medicine at the University of Kent in Canterbury. He completed an LLM in Law and Employment Relations in 2007. After training in the Army, mostly with Airborne Forces, he set up Working Fit in 2002, with an extensive portfolio of clinical occupational health work in the NHS and for a variety of Government and private organisations. Dr Williams and colleagues developed the “Covid-age” tool which is an evidence-based way of explaining personal risk and vulnerability and can be used in medical risk assessments.
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 predialysis, 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.
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 charities 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.
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