School of Health Sciences and Social Work

Renal Medicine

Introduction

The School of Health Sciences & Social Work (SHSSW) has a collaborative partnership with the Wessex Kidney Centre (WKC) at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. This is the regional renal service for the central south coast area with a catchment of 2.2 million people. It is one of the 22 kidney transplant centres in the UK and provides a tertiary specialist renal service to hospitals in Salisbury, Winchester, Basingstoke, Southampton, Chichester and the Isle of Wight. The WKC has been granted associate department status with the School by the University of Portsmouth and can now use the title of “Academic Department of Renal Medicine and Transplantation”.

Academic Department of Renal Medicine and Transplantation

The WKC has a proven record of successful research. Historically this research has been undertaken in liaison with the University of Southampton (clinical genetics, cell biology and epidemiology) leading to a succession of higher degrees. We seek to continue this cooperation in our new role as an associate department of UoP. New areas of research at UoP centre on the impact of age on management of renal diseases, dialysis and transplantation. Renal disease is a multisystem chronic illness which impacts on all aspects of a patient’s life, so there are many areas of potential overlap with the Schools departments. The new formal relationship will provide opportunities to work co-operatively for patient benefit and enhance the reputation of both organisations.

Benefits for the School of Health Sciences and Social Work:

  • Clinical expertise to supplement the curriculum across SHSSW and other departments
  • Identification of contemporary clinical topics for undergraduate, postgraduate and research projects
  • Collaboration in supervision teams for such clinical projects (especially MRes, PD or PhD)
  • Annual contribution to SHSSWs research seminar series.

Benefits for the Academic Department of Renal Medicine and Transplantation:

  • Collaboration in research specifically related to older people (University of Portsmouth Ageing Network), research into the assessment of Quality of Life in renal patients and exploring new applications for the use of IT in clinical outcome assessment and modelling.
  • Output from projects undertaken by the University of Portsmouth’s students.
  • Academic and statistical support. Assistance with grant applications

Benefits for both parties:

  • Joint working to develop reusable learning objects to enhance continuing professional development (PHT) or to enhance the curriculum (SHSSW)
  • Developing joint research bids to mutual benefit
  • Joint publications to disseminate research

Future work

We are currently developing a number of projects in the areas describes above. The link for SHSSW is Dr Isobel Ryder and for the Academic Department of Renal Medicine and Transplantation it is Dr Robert Lewis (academic lead) or Dr Adam Kirk, both Honorary Senior Lecturers.