Thursday, 19 January 2012

Sharing Knowledge: The New Power

One of the pleasures on a cold winter’s night in January is to either scramble around to get the final data and analysis to write an abstract or sit back with a stack of them to mark for one of the forth-coming annual national meetings. It has been my pleasure to do the latter for a number of years, and this year I was invited to mark some of the British Renal Society Service Delivery Quality and Innovation papers. What quality!

Looking back over the past few years there has been a steady and sustained increase in the number and quality of the research and improvement projects submitted to the BRS conference under this category from 20 in 2007 to a whopping 51 this year.

What a board range- something for everyone. Simulation, quality improvement methodology in early CKD and dialysis, mainstreaming exercise, virtual clinics, video clinics and novel ways of providing clinics and support for young people, patient empowerment, peer support, new models of care, rehabilitation- the list goes on.

In these times of austerity, our national BRS and Renal Association meetings need to add value. I have no doubt they are going to and I am looking forward to learning more about these and other topics in Manchester in May and Gateshead in June. Hope to see you there.

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