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Royal London nurse crowned Renal Nurse of the Year

Helen Rainey, Clinical Nurse Specialist at The Royal London Hospital, has been named Renal Nurse of the Year at the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2018.  The award recognises Helen’s work in east London’s successful innovative approach to educating patients about chronic kidney disease, building on the health messages that they already receive in Primary Care. Helen and her colleagues developed new patient resources, including information leaflets and a short film that aim to explain kidney disease in a simple way and encourage people to have confidence to manage their condition.  Helen was nominated by Professor Nicola Thomas, Professor of Kidney Care at The School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University.The East London Community Kidney Service is collaboration between Barts Health Trust, CCG partners and the Clinical Effectiveness Group at Queen Mary University London. Together, they have revolutionised the way in which we support patients with kidney disease.  Celebrating her victory, Helen said: “I’m really delighted to be recognised by the British Journal of Nursing for my work educating and empowering people with long term conditions to optimise their health. I am so grateful to Barts Health and the whole East London community Kidney service team for their support and hope that the award will encourage other nursing teams to adopt a similar approach”.