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National Kidney Transplant Forum returns for the second time

Manchester will again host the National Kidney Transplant Forum after its successful launch last year. Led by consultant nephrologist Dr Faieza Qasim, the event will be held on Saturday 28th June at Chancellors Conference Centre in Manchester. The forum was launched last year by a team of patients and staff at the Manchester Royal Infirmary's Renal Unit. They decided to organise a day where transplant patients, their families and carers could come together and talk about their needs and wants. The forum enables them to have an opportunity to but ideas forward on a national scale. Mary-Claire Ibison, one of the patients who helped to organize the 2007 Forum, will present an analysis of the views expressed from last year. Attending as speakers at the event will be Tim Statham and Donal O’Donoghue. Tim Statham is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Kidney Federation which is an important body for representing patients’ views to Government, whilst Donal O’Donoghue is the National Director of Kidney Care. Dr Faieza Qasim, Consultant Nephrologist at the MRI, who has led the organization of the Forum, said “This is a unique event which puts the needs and voices of kidney transplant patients and their carers at the centre of the day. Kidney transplantation can transform lives for the better but we need to find ways for patients to access the help they need to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives with a functioning transplant. Networking and brainstorming with other individuals with similar backgrounds can lead to improvements which standard NHS care may not be able to provide. “I have been privileged to have help from a number of patients including Dennis Crane and Mary-Claire Ibison as well as two of our outstanding renal office secretaries, Pauline Wright and Marinella Crane, and many members of the renal transplant team who are giving up a free Saturday to come and help with the Forum. I am also delighted that the British Kidney Patients Association has been able to provide funding for the Forum so that we can avoid charging a registration fee and thus ensure equity of access to all the patients who want to attend. This is a great example of patients and professionals working together for the common good.” More than 60 patients and their carers/spouses from all around the country have registered to attend the Forum.