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NKF Annual Conference – Blackpool 2016

By October 09, 2016May 1st, 2021No Comments

It was a packed schedule with inspiring updates from patients along with updates from the NKF, NHS Organ Donation and other people working in promoting Kidney health & research.

Timothy Statham gave an overview about the NKF successes in the last year, and outlined the challenges for the upcoming year, with continuing downward pressure on NHS budget and resources.

@nkf success in saving level one dialysis commissioning, halting the 15% tariff cuts in dialysis and retaining all immunosuppressive drugs

— Tracey Sinclair (@tfc5) October 8, 2016

Anthony Clarkson described the highs and lows of the NHS Organ Donation, and talked through the ‘assumed consent’ change in law in Wales.

Sarah Green talked through her experience of living with Diabetes & Kidney Disease & transition through young adult services, with Gemma King, a young adult worker at the Royal Free following up with a talk on the importance of service for young adults.

Great perspective on living with diabetes /kidney disease from Sarah @NKF_UK many improvements needed.

— sandra currie (@cranford59) October 8, 2016

Suzanne Whitehead from Bristol talked through the psychological impact of Kidney disease. This was followed by two inspirational speakers who have lived live to the full and raised money for Kidney charities.

Michael York, a transplant recipient, raised over £37,000 on a cycle trip with three others from Munich to Northampton via Paris!

Epic journey and fundraising by Michael York #Organdonation #kidney #research

— patientMpower (@patientMpower) October 8, 2016

This was followed by Maddy Warren, explorer, skier, sky diver – living life more to the full on dialysis than most people with no chronic condition!

Absolutely amazing energy making the most of here and now on dialysis @queenofdialysis

— patientMpower (@patientMpower) October 8, 2016

The excellent day was wrapped up by Sandra Currie giving an overview of Kidney Research UK’s priorities.

Kidney community collaborating together @Kidney_Research @NKF_UK #UKRRS

— Sarah-Louise Harwood (@saz_lou07) October 8, 2016

And David Marshal, NKF chair brought the proceedings to a close. An excellent day meeting great people listening to inspiring work and patient journeys. Thanks to all the NKF for organising.