Department of Renal Medicine


Renal Dialysis Course

Date of next course: June 2021 - exact dates to be confirmed

Please contact Med.Cfnevents@ucl.ac.uk if you would like to pre-register for the 2021 course

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



Day 2




Day 3



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






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 2021 course to be awarded the same.


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.