A London-based nursing academic is being promoted to become the UK’s first professor of kidney Care.
Professor Nicola Thomas, from London South Bank University, will take on the senior renal research and education role from 3 April.
“Nicola’s new role will help to put the spotlight on renal research”
Her clinical interest lies in the care and management of chronic kidney disease within primary care and she also holds an honorary nurse consultant post at Barts Health NHS Trust, where she is involved in running the East London Community Kidney Service.
Professor Thomas said: “I am delighted that London South Bank University has recognised my work and it is an honour and a privilege to contribute to the improvement of care of people who have kidney disease through my teaching and research.
“This promotion is also very important for the development of renal nursing practice in the UK,” she said.
Nurse appointed UK’s first professor of kidney care
Professor Warren Turner, dean of the university’s school of health and social care, said: “There are a number of medical doctors in the UK with the title of professor, but Nicola is the first nurse to be awarded a professorship specifically for kidney care.
“Nicola’s new role will help to put the spotlight on renal research carried out at London South Bank University,” he added.
Professor Thomas is also currently deputy vice president of the British Renal Society and editor of the Journal of Renal Care.
She has previously been president of the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association.