Audit and Research
The department has an ongoing programme of internal audit to monitor clinical activity according to national guidelines. The department also participates in external audit through the British Association for Paediatric Nephrology (kidney biopsy outcomes, management of post-transplant hypertension) and the UK Renal Registry (end-stage kidney disease, dialysis and kidney transplantation).
The department has a Research Fellow who is undertaking laboratory and clinical research, jointly with the Department of Rheumatolgy, into the kidney inflamation associated with systemic lupus erythematosis. The consultants have been involved in research in the fields of: fluid & electrolyte physiology; urinary tract infection; calcium metabolism & nephrocalcinosis; micro-albuminuria in childhood-onset diabetes mellitus; kidney function after cardiac surgery; steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome; anaemia management in chronic kidney disease. The unit has taken part in multi-centre studies of varicella vaccination for chronic kidney failure patients and also immunosuppressive treatments for nephrotic syndrome and paediatric kidney transplantation