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Derby physician receives national acclaim for enhancing renal service

Published 26/06/2018

A Royal Derby Hospital physician has been honoured with a prestigious fellowship for his role improving kidney care for patients in Derby. 

Consultant Renal Physician Dr Richard Fluck is one of just three people nationwide to have been awarded with an Honorary Fellowship by the British Renal Society this year.

Dr Fluck joined Derby Teaching Hospitals as the sole nephrologist at the former Derby City Hospital in 1996 but has since overseen the expansion of the Trust’s renal department, where a strong clinical research and safety programme has developed. 

He said: “It is a great honour to have been awarded this fellowship and I am really humbled. I never strived to get honours but the ambition to continually improve is an important drive for me as a person. This is all about the people I work with and I am so fortunate to be able work with such fantastic colleagues at a trust that has given me the platform for this opportunity. Astronomical changes have taken place in this speciality over the years in Derby and I am so proud to see research completed here now having far reaching consequences across the globe.”

Dr Fluck is also currently the Clinical Co-chair of the Internal Medicine Programme of Care at NHS England and has previously served as NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Renal Disease.  

In the lead up to the NHS’s 70th anniversary next Thursday, different health professionals from across the country are set to visit schools to encourage pupils to consider a career in the NHS as part of a project with NHS England and charity Speakers for Schools.

Dr Fluck will visit Chellaston Academy today, where he will tell pupils what made him decide to become a doctor and why he is so proud to work for the NHS.

He said: “It’s so important that we empower the next generation to have aspirations to work for the NHS in the future.  There are a vast number of different career opportunities, both clinical and non-clinical, at the NHS and it’s so important that we make youngsters aware of these different roles. The NHS has a place for anyone who wants to look after people and improve healthcare.”  

Last Modified 26/06/2018