First UK Professor of Kidney Care appointed at London South Bank University

Professor Nicola Thomas at London South Bank University (LSBU) has just been appointed the first Professor of Kidney Care in the UK.

Throughout her career Nicola Thomas has worked within the renal speciality and has gained extensive clinical, teaching and research experience. Her clinical interest lies in the care and management of chronic kidney disease within primary care.

Professor Thomas also holds honorary nurse consultant post at Barts Health NHS Trust where she is involved in running the East London Community Kidney Service. Her specific expertise lies in patient and carer involvement in education and research.

Nicola Thomas said, “I am delighted that London South Bank University has recognised my work and it is an honour and a privilege to contribute to the improvement of care of people who have kidney disease through my teaching and research. This promotion is also very important for the development of renal nursing practice in the UK.”

Professor Warren Turner, Dean of LSBU’s School of Health and Social Care, said,

“This is fantastic news – not only for Nicola, who has worked so hard and well deserves this honour – but for LSBU’s School of Health and Social Care.

“There are a number of medical doctors in the UK with the title of Professor, but Nicola is the first nurse to be awarded a Professorship specifically for kidney care. Nicola’s new role will help to put the spotlight on renal research carried out at LSBU.”

Nicola also holds the position of Deputy Vice President (Education) of the British Renal Society and is the Editor of the Journal of Renal Care. She has previously been President of the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association.