Leicester’s Hospitals’ Renal Unit forging Chinese link

Posted by pt91 at Sep 14, 2016 11:14 PM |
New programme builds on initiatives developed by University of Leicester academics

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 September 2016

Photographs of members of the John Walls Renal Unit with the plaque commemorating the partnership available from: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1s56utn5tj6s8md/AAAs9V_dYU2XGTaAw5KQKslAa?dl=0

Leicester’s Hospitals’ John Walls Renal Unit has recently become a “sister renal centre” for a nephrology unit in Nantong China as part of the International Society of Nephrology Sister Renal Center (SRC) Programme.

The SRC Programme helps improve how nephrology (medicine dealing with the physiology and diseases of the kidneys) is practiced in emerging countries by linking emerging renal centres or units with established centres of excellence in the developed world.

An ambitious programme is in development in conjunction with the University of Leicester, in particular the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation within the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology. This will build on a number of existing initiatives with Nantong that Dr Bin Yang and Professor Peter Andrew have developed.

Dr Jonathan Barratt, Honorary Consultant Nephrologist at the John Walls Renal Unit and Reader in the University’s Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, said: “Over the coming six years we hope to develop strong clinical and research links with Nantong which will not only help develop the delivery of high quality clinical care to patients with all types of kidney disease in Nantong, but also strengthen the ability of their doctors and nurses to study kidney disease in China.”

This is the second award of a sister centre that the John Walls Renal Unit at Leicester’s Hospitals has held, the previous one being with Abuja in Nigeria who have recently graduated.

Dr Barratt added: “Experience from working with our sister centre in Abuja, Nigeria has shown us the impact this Sister Renal Centre programme can have. Abuja now has a functioning dialysis programme and has begun to carry out kidney transplants with the support of kidney doctors, nurses and dialysis technicians from Leicester.

“Having had such a positive experience with our first Sister Renal Centre we were very keen to develop a second centre and having already developed links with China through the University of Leicester Nantong was an obvious choice for us. Nantong offers a different opportunity for us which the team in Leicester, both at Leicester’s Hospitals and the University, are keen to embrace and after our recent trip to meet colleagues in Nantong we feel we can make a significant impact to the care of patients with kidney disease in our Sister Centre.”

A group of staff including Dr Yang, Professor Andrew, Dr Barratt, as well as Professors Kevin Harris and Nigel Brunskill from Leicester’s Hospitals and the University of Leicester have recently been to Nantong to initiate the programme – including the unveiling of a plaque that we hold a replica of in Leicester.

Jianlin GAO, Head of the Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University, said: “The International Society of Nephrology-Sister Renal Centre (ISN-SRC) between the Department of Nephrology in the Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University and the John Walls Renal Unit in the University Hospitals of Leicester provides a good platform to facilitate effective exchanging and collaborating in one to one basis, in order to better utilise the advance of technology, the expertise of human talents and the experience of management from Leicester, and to further improve our clinical practice in terms of diagnosis and treatment, as well as research in renal diseases. This ISN-SRC is also setting up a leading example model of our hospital in pursuing internationalisation.”

The Renal Unit at Leicester General Hospital was established on 1st January 1974 with the appointment of Dr John Walls as the first Consultant Nephrologist in Leicestershire. Originally called the Leicestershire Area Renal Unit, the name was changed to the Department of Nephrology in the 1980s reflecting its broader work as both a clinical and research unit involved in all aspects of kidney disease. Following the death of then Professor John Walls in 2001 it was renamed in his honour as The John Walls Renal Unit. He was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of Nephrology by the University of Leicester in 1990.

Further details on how the partnership works can be found here: http://www.theisn.org/programs/sister-renal-centers-program.

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