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Prestigious Renal Fellowship Awarded


Fiona Willingham, a specialist renal dietician, has become the first recipient of the Allied Health Professional Fellowship awarded by Kidney Research UK. This new fellowship is an important development, allowing nurses and allied health professionals to undertake a dedicated period of research and obtain a higher degree. Congratulations to Fiona, who will undertake a randomised study to examine a complex intervention, designed to improve the quality of life of patients starting dialysis.

A summary of the PREHAB study is included below, and you can read more about the KRUK Allied Health Fellowship here (insert link:

PREHAB Study Summary

Chronic kidney disease and dialysis can lead to frequent hospital admissions reduced patient well-being and quality of life. This research project investigates whether regular exercise, good nutrition, and more detailed education improves patient well-being and quality of life.

Patients expected to start dialysis within the next 12 months will be invited to take part, and randomly allocated to a 10-week exercise and education programme, and additional education on starting dialysis, or routine care.

Tests to measure muscle strength, exercise tolerance, appetite, and quality of life, will assess whether the exercise and education programme is more beneficial than standard care.


Find out more about renal research at The University of Nottingham School of Medicine.

Posted on Monday 9th January 2017

Renal Research Group

The University of Nottingham
Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road, Derby, DE22 3DT

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