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Kidney expert becomes National Clinical Director for Renal disease

Published 16/04/2013
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A leading kidney expert from Derby Hospitals, Dr Richard Fluck, practising consultant in renal medicine has been appointed as National Clinical Director for Renal Disease by the NHS Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.

Dr Fluck has a strong track record in combining research to drive up the quality in kidney care experienced by patients and their families, not just today, but for future years. He is also the out-going Chair for the Kidney Alliance representing both professional and patient associations.

The renal team at Derby are recognised nationally as innovators in kidney disease and recently won a prestigious National award, the BUPA Foundation Technology for Health Outcomes Prize for developing the first hospital-wide monitoring system for patients with life threatening kidney injury. They have now been shortlisted in the Patient Safety Awards in the Patient Safety in Diagnosis category for this piece of pioneering work.

Dr Fluck said: “I do feel a certain sense of pride being appointed as the National Clinical Director, particularly following in the steps of such an effective predecessor. Moving this role into the NHS Commissioning Board affirms the importance of clinicians shaping future health care policy in England.

“Promoting effective patient centred care to improve quality of life for those affected by kidney failure is at the centre of everything we do at Derby Hospitals. Being good innovators doesn’t mean we are can sit back and be happy, there is still lots more research to explore to make it even better for the patient. I am looking forward to this new challenge as National Clinical Director, putting patients at the centre of all we do."

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For further information, please contact:

Liz Smith

Communications Officer

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Email: liz.smith21@nhs.net   

Tel: 01332 785778