LSBU academic urges quality improvement in renal care
29 August 2014
Nicola is a principal lecturer and researcher in the faculty of health
and social care with thirty years' experience in clinical practice, education
and research. Much of her research has been dedicated to improving patients'
self-management of mild-to-moderate kidney disease from both a patient and
The Annual Scientific Meeting of the ANZSN (The Australian and New
Zealand Society of Nephrology) and Renal Society of Australasia was held at
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 25 – 27 August 2014.The
collaboration between the organisations brought together national and
international speakers to share research, knowledge and best practice in the
field during Renal Week.
Dr Nicola Thomas said: "I was delighted to be
invited as the international keynote speaker and I was given the warmest
welcome by the organising committee and delegates."
Nicola has extensive teaching experience in developing and running
kidney care, research and clinical leadership courses for acute hospitals, GP
practices and Higher Education Institutions. In addition, she has also been
involved in national quality improvement projects in the UK which saw her work
with over 100 GP Practices in England and Wales to improve the management of
kidney disease in primary care.
"The large audience was particularly interested in my second
presentation," explains Nicola. "It was concerning 'patient and carer
involvement in kidney care' as involving service users in education and
research is not well known in Australia.
"In addition to the keynote presentations, I was invited to a
breakfast symposium to discuss my experiences of managing kidney disease in
primary care. Here I heard about the many difficulties in providing health care
across such large geographical areas, and of the challenges in engaging with
the communities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are at increased
risk of kidney disease."