Department of Renal Medicine


Renal Dialysis Course

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the course schedueld for 17-19 June 2020 has been cancelled.

Please contact Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk if you have any queries regarding this.

The management of end-stage renal failure by dialysis forms a central component of all renal units.  However, it is often the least intensively taught component of nephrology training.  This 3-day course is a thorough introduction to dialysis, from basics to new developments.  Our expert faculty will provide comprehensive coverage of all aspects of dialysis and ESRF through a mixture of lectures and workshops. 

Who this course is for

The course is aimed at Specialist Registrars in nephrology, but is also of interest to other healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients with chronic renal failure.




Day 1


Registration: 08:30 - 09:20 hrs


Day 2


Registration 08:30 - 09:00 hrs


Day 3


Registration 08:30 - 09:00 hrs

Medical management of the

patient with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Practical aspects of haemodialysis and related therapies


Peritoneal dialysis (PD)


Technical aspects of dialysis

Basics of PD

Cardiovascular disease

Dialysis adequacy

Access in PD

Mineral bone disorder

Challenging dialysis scenarios

Peritonitis in PD


Dialysis initiation

Volume management in dialysis patients

Surgery in encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS)

Principles of dialysis

Renal replacement therapy in acute kidney injury (AKI)

Volume control in PD


Workshops: topics tbc

Mini-debate 2: topic tbc

 Workshops: topics tbc

Principles of haemodialysis and vascular access

Interactive sessions: topics tbc

Case studies

Medical aspects of vascular access

Workshops: topics tbc

Quality and improvement of dialysis

Surgical aspects of vascular access



Sarcopenia in dialysis patients



Mini-debate 1: topic tbc



Closes at 17:30 hrsCloses at 17:30 hrs

Course finishes at 15:00 hrs



CPD credit to be confirmed by the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom.  Previous courses have been awarded 20 category 1 (external) CPD credits, and we expect the 2020 course to be awarded the same.


Registration and online booking


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Nursing staff




RFH/UCL staff





Course Venue

Friends House is located in the heart of Euston, directly opposite Euston Station, and a 10 minute walk from King's Cross and St Pancras International Stations.

Image of course venue, Friends House, Euston Road, London

Friends House
173-177 Euston Road

Getting to Friends House by rail

From its position opposite Euston’s rail and tube stations, it is a ten-minute walk from King’s Cross and St Pancras International. All major rail terminals are easily reached by tube.

By tube

The nearest tube stations are Euston and Euston Square, which are on the Northern, Victoria, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City lines and overground. To plan your journey to Friends House, you can use TFL's journey planner below:

TFL Plan a Journey

By bus

Routes 18, 30, 73, 205 and 390 stop outside Friends House. Routes 10, 59, 68, 91, 168, and 253 stop nearby.

By bike

To plan your journey to Friends House, you can use the TFL's journey planner above.
The nearest secure bike racks are located near Euston Station.
Some Santander Cycles docking stations are also located nearby:

  • On Endsleigh Gardens to the rear of the building
  • On Taviton Street
  • On Gower Place by Euston Square station
  • On Melton Street by Euston Station

You can see and research all the Santander Cycles docking stations on the following map.

By car

There is no on-site parking available at Friends House. The local roads have metered parking bays and fall within the Congestion Charge zone. 
There are three disabled blue badge parking bays located in Endsleigh Gardens. There are alternative, longer-term parking facilities under Euston Station.

If you are visiting from abroad

St Pancras International is a ten-minute walk away. Nearby Paddington Station offers a frequent shuttle service to Heathrow Airport. All London airports are easily reached from Euston.



Unfortunately we cannot arrange accommodation for course delegates but Friends House, the course venue, is situated in Bloomsbury which is often referred to as the 'hotel district' of London so accommodation is plentiful with a variety of standards and prices all within a short walk. Anything from large budget hotels to small boutique 4 and 5 star accommodation is in the area.  




Course Faculty

Prof Andrew Davenport


Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free Hospital, London /Honorary Prof in Nephrology, University College London

Dr Ken Farrington


Consultant Nephrologist, Lister Hospital, Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Dr Cate Goodlad


Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free Hospital, London

Dr Suresh Mathavakkannan


Consultant Nephrologist, Lister Hospital, Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Dr Enric Vilar


Consultant Nephrologist, Lister Hospital, Stevenage/Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire

Prof David Wheeler


Professor of Kidney Medicine at University College London and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist at Royal Free Hospital


Course Administration

Course Administrator:  Kate Henderson, UCL Centre for Nephrology, Royal Free Campus, Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF. 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8016 8264  Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk 



All best endeavours will be made to present the programme as printed. However, the Course Administration reserves the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to the Course for any cause beyond its reasonable control. In the event the Course is cancelled by the organisers, or cannot take place for any reason outside of the control of the organisers, the registration fee shall be refunded in full. The liability of the organiser shall be limited to that refund and the organisers shall not be liable for any other loss, cost or expense, however caused, incurred or arising from cancellation of the course.