Renal Palliative Medicine Masterclass


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Fri 01 Nov, 2019


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Renal Palliative Medicine Masterclass

This masterclass will explore the interface of palliative care with renal care and discuss learning points from joint renal and palliative medicine services in Oxford, Scotland and Australia.
The masterclass will discuss the evidence based contemporary management of the most troublesome symptoms experienced by patients with severe renal impairment.
Looking to the future, ideas about the possible changes to the interface between palliative and renal care will be discussed. There will be an opportunity to discuss your questions with the expert teaching staff.

Location: St Anne's College, University of Oxford

Educational Credits: 6 CPD credits TBC



Dr Frank Brennan
Frank Brennan is a Palliative Care Physician based at St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
Frank is the first Palliative Care Physician employed within a Renal Department in Australia.
He works in a Renal Supportive Care (RSC) Service that is integrated within this department. The service conducts annual Renal Supportive Care Symposia and, in 2015, held the first national Master Class on this topic.
Frank has co-organised and facilitated Master Classes on RSC in several countries including Ireland, South Africa, Thailand, Malaysia and India. Frank is also a lawyer and has written extensively on the human rights dimensions of pain management and Palliative Care.

Dr Thomas Connor
Tom Connor is a Consultant Nephrologist appointed to the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust in 2016. He graduated from Oxford University in 2002 and undertook specialist training in renal medicine at the Royal Free and Hammersmith Hospitals in London. He completed an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship in renal genetics and was awarded a PhD by University College London in 2013. He subsequently undertook an NIHR Research Fellowship at the Hammersmith hospital in 2014.
Dr Connor has a wide range of interests in renal medicine, in particular patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD), genetic kidney disease, including polycystic kidney disease, and patients on haemodialysis. He set up the ‘Low Clearance’ clinic in Oxford in 2016 and has established a dedicated ‘Conservative Care’ clinic within this with joint palliative care input. He is active in medical education and leads the kidney biopsy and line insertion service in Oxford. He has published on a range of areas in Nephrology and current research interests include studies in haemodialysis.

Dr Claire Douglas
Lead Consultant in Palliative Medicine for Perth and Kinross NHS Tayside
Specialist interest in Non-Cancer Palliative Care
Palliative Lead for Renal Supportive Care service at NHS Tayside
Co-Chair for Non-Cancer subgroup Managed Clinical Network for NHS Tayside
Cornhill Macmillan Centre, Perth Royal Infirmary

Claire Douglas was the palliative care lead for the development of an integrated Renal Supportive Care service which offers joint renal/palliative care consultations for patients with chronic kidney disease managed conservatively, or for those with complex needs on dialysis, as well as providing education to the renal team. She is employed by the renal team to deliver this service. She contributed to the development of the Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines on management of symptoms and end of life care for patients with advanced CKD, pruritis and choosing and changing opioids and has also published on symptom control and palliative needs for patients with CKD.

Claire is the co-chair of the Non-Cancer subgroup of the NHS Tayside Palliative and End of Life Care Managed Clinical Network and is passionate about integrated, joint professional working for patients with non-cancer conditions to enhance quality of life for this cohort of patients.

Dr Aoife Lowney
Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford

Aoife qualified from University College Cork, Ireland in 2008 and trained in Palliative Medicine in Ireland before completing a Masters in Palliative Medicine at King's. Her research interests include the supportive and palliative care needs of patients with end stage kidney disease. She runs a Renal Supportive Care Service in Oxford. She is also the principal investigator on a study of Proactive Palliative Medicine in the acute hospital. She sits on the Clinical Ethics Advisory Group for Oxford University Hospitals. Aoife has developed the 'Finding a Language Series' at Christchurch College which is concerned with the interface between Creative Media and Palliative Medicine.

Course Programme


08.30 Registration opens: tea and coffee available

08.50 Introduction

09.00 “Why Renal Supportive Care? The interface of the disciplines of nephrology and palliative care
Dr Frank Brennan

09.10 Oxford Renal Palliative Medicine Service and setting the scene
Dr Aoife Lowney

09.30 The Scottish Integrated Renal Palliative Medicine Service
Dr Claire Douglas

10.15 The Australian Renal Palliative Medicine Service and the KDIGO (Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes) Supportive and Palliative Renal Medicine Task Force
Dr Frank Brennan

11.00 Coffee

11.30 The management of itch in renal impairment
Dr Aiofe Lowney

12.15 The management of restless legs
Dr Frank Brennan

12.45 Lunch

13.45 The management of pain in renal impairment
Dr Frank Brennan

14.30 The management of nausea in renal impairment
Dr Claire Douglas

15.15 Tea

15.45 Renal replacement therapy and the future of renal medicine

16.15 Ask the panel - dialysis initiation and withdrawal

16.45 Evaluations and close

17.00 End of day

Course Aims

The conference aims to build your knowledge, your skills and will enable you to transfer your learning to the clinical care of patients on renal replacement therapy or receiving conservative kidney care.

By attending the conference you will
• Have an opportunity to enjoy learning with your colleagues
• To gain an evidence-based understanding of how to manage symptom clusters experienced by patients with severe and end-stage renal failure
• Develop knowledge and skills to impact and support the decisions considered by your patients and those they love
• Learn about three service models developed to enable care for this group of patients
• Be supported to bring your learning back to your organisation
• Have an opportunity to network with your peers

Key benefits include:
• A high standard of professional knowledge
• Excellent teaching
• Time for questions, discussion and building your networks
• Support to set educational goals for the coming year
• Superb value for money
• Experienced and enthusiastic administrative staff
• Focus on participants, not profit – any surplus ploughed back into education

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