Short courses


Renal Dialysis

  • 20 hours
  • 3 days


On this three-day course you'll learn about all aspects of dialysis and end stage renal failure, from the basics to new developments.

The course will be held in-person at a conference venue in central London.

You'll be able to apply the skills you learn on this course in your everyday workplace to deliver a better standard of care for your patients.

The next course will be held in June 2023 – exact dates to be confirmed

This course is run by the UCL Department of Renal Medicine.

Who this course is for

This course is aimed at specialist registrars in renal medicine. But it's relevant to all healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients with chronic renal failure.

Course content

The topics covered on each day are as follows:

Day one 

Medical management of the patient with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD)

  • Anaemia
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Mineral bone disorder
  • Dialysis initiation
  • Principles of dialysis

Principles of haemodialysis and vascular access

  • Medical aspects of vascular access
  • Surgical aspects of vascular access
  • Sarcopenia in dialysis patients
  • Mini debate: TBC
  • History of dialysis 

Day two

Practical aspects of haemodialysis and related therapies

  • Technical aspects of dialysis
  • Dialysis adequacy
  • Volume management in dialysis patients
  • Challenging dialysis scenarios
  • Interactive sessions (topics TBC)
  • Renal replacement therapy in acute kidney injury (AKI)
  • Technological deficiencies are the limiting factor in the uptake of home haemodialysis

Day three

Peritoneal dialysis (PD)

  • Basics of PD
  • Access in PD
  • Volume control in PD
  • Peritonitis in PD
  • Surgery in encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS)  
  • Case studies

Quality and improvement of dialysis

  • Mini debate: TBC

Teaching and structure

You can attend one, two or three days.

Certificates and accreditation

CPD credit to be confirmed by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

Learning outcomes

The course will help you:

  • acquire a practical understanding of dialysis therapy and management of patients with end-stage renal failure
  • review basic theory through to the latest clinical developments
  • identify the clinical and technical skills required for the management of patients on a modern dialysis programme

Costs and concessions

Course fees to be confirmed


Course team

Andrew Davenport

Andrew Davenport

Andrew is a Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Free Hospital. He graduated in medicine from the University of Cambridge before studying further at King’s College Hospital. Prior to moving to London, he held posts in Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol and Cardiff. His current research interest is peritoneal inflammation. He's Secretary of the International Society for Hemodialysis, Vice President of the International Society of Blood Purification, and a member of the ADQI group.

Ken Farrington

Ken Farrington

Ken has been a Consultant Nephrologist at the Lister Hospital since 1991. After training in chemistry, he went on to qualify in medicine in Cardiff, and complete his nephrology training at the Royal Free. He's currently Associate Medical Director for R&D. He's also Visiting Professor and Associate Dean for R&D in the Postgraduate Medical School at the University of Hertfordshire. His main research interests are in metabolic aspects of chronic kidney disease, haemodialysis and conservative kidney management.

Cate Goodlad

Cate Goodlad

Cate is a Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Free Hospital. She undertook her undergraduate training at the University of Oxford and University College London Hospitals. During her renal training she developed an interest in dialysis. She completed an MD thesis supervised by Edwina Brown and Fred Tam investigating clinical, cytokine and radiological risk markers of EPS in PD patients. At the Royal Free, Cate looks after PD, chronic and acute HD, low clearance patients and a general nephrology cohort.

Suresh Mathavakkannan

Suresh Mathavakkannan

Suresh is a Consultant Nephrologist at the Lister Hospital with a research interest in haemodialysis mechanisms determining vascular stability during haemodialysis. His research has evaluated bioimpedence spectroscopy and natriuretic peptides as tools to assess volume state and vascular refill during haemodialysis. These techniques have been successfully applied to assess refill simultaneously with blood volume monitoring and have served to promote further research at the Lister into related fields of volume and energy consumption in ESRD on maintenance dialysis.

Enric Vilar

Enric Vilar

Enric is a Consultant Nephrologist at the Lister Hospital and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. He graduated from Cambridge University in 2001, and then trained on the North Thames Nephrology training scheme. Together with Professor Ken Farrington, he manages the Lister Hospital main dialysis unit. He's closely involved with the home-therapies unit and runs a joint in-centre/home haemodialysis clinic. In general nephrology he leads the Hertford County clinic.

David Wheeler

David Wheeler

David is Professor of Kidney Medicine at UCL and an Honorary Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Free Hospital. His research is focused on the cardiovascular complications of CKD. He's a Past President of the Renal Association, Chair of the UK Renal Registry, Global Co-Chair of Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO), and Associate Editor of Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. He's Chief Investigator of the Chronic Impairment in Birmingham (CRIB) and London Arterial Calcification, Kidney And Bone Outcomes (LACKABO) studies.

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:01