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Meet the team

Dr Sian Griffin

Dr Sian Griffin is a Consultant Nephrologist at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff and is the Clinical Trials lead. She chairs the UK Transplantation Clinical Study Group and is the British Transplant Society General Secretary.  If you would like to hear more about research opportunities in the Clinical Trials Unit , you can contact Sian on sian.griffin2@wales.nhs.ukhttp://www.welshkidney.org/sgriffin/.  Sian’s specialist interests include:  Renal Transplantation, immunologically mediated kidney disease, Clinical Trials.

Dr Rhiannon Phillips

Rhiannon is a Chartered Health Psychologist (BPS) and registered practitioner psychologist (HCPC). Her teaching interests are health and clinical psychology, individual differences, and research methods (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches). https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/staff/Pages/Dr-Rhiannon-Phillips.aspx

Dr Denitza Williams

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Division of Population Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University. I am passionate about improving communication between clinicians and patients, with a focus on women’s health. Previous research includes evaluating preferences for cervical cancer screening methods, and shared decision making in breast cancer and renal failure treatment options. Current research focuses on shared decision making, and the application of participatory qualitative methodology in women's reproductive health. I am passionate about incorporating shared decision making into routine healthcare and discussing challenges associated with its implementation and measurement. https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/212018-williams-denitza

Professor Jane Noyes

Jane is Professor in Health and Social Services Research and Child Health. https://www.bangor.ac.uk/health-sciences/staff/jane-noyes/en#projects

Dr Leah Mc Laughlin

Bangor University School of Health Sciences.  I work as part of the Wales Kidney Research Unit on a range of integrated and standalone health and social care research.  You can read more about recent research and upcoming studies on our impact case study pages.  http://www.kidneyresearchunit.wales/impact-case-studies

Dr Carmen Mallett

Carmen is a nephrology ST6 and General Internal Medicine, Specialist Registrar, Wales Deanery at Morriston Hospital, Wales, UK. 

Caron Jones

I was appointed to implement and manage the renal social work service in Wrexham Maelor Hospital. I take responsibility for the delivery of social work intervention in the East of Betsi Cadwalder Health Board. Social work is part of a multi-disciplinary team. I work collaboratively with the Renal Services manager, Clinicians, Service Leads from the NHS, Social Services, Nurses, Patients, Families and Carers, and other Partner Agencies. As an autonomous worker, I take responsibility for all aspects of the service, and have thorough knowledge of law and the policies that govern and direct the NHS and renal social work service.    I am committed to working collaboratively with all colleagues/stakeholders to ensure the renal population receive excellent care, and am proud to be able to offer the service through the medium of Welsh.  I am Chair of the All Wales Health and Wellbeing Reference Group and I am part of the working group, ‘Supporting Patients during COVID 19’.  You can see some of the outcomes of this work online here http://www.kidneyresearchunit.wales/news?id=94#.  In 2018, I took on the role of Principal Investigator, within BCUHB, for a study carried out by Salford University and Kidney Care UK, mapping psychosocial services in the UK, and analysing the impact renal social workers have on the lives of kidney patients and their families.

Dr Catherine O’Leary

I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Nephrology and Transplant Service at the University Hospital Wales. My

responsibilities include leading and developing the renal psychology and counselling service, providing assessments and psychological intervention to adults with kidney disease, providing full psychological evaluation of live kidney donors and teaching and training members of the multidisciplinary team.

Mrs Helen Williams

I have been a Nurse within the NHS for over 33 years. For a large majority of my nursing career I worked in acute Cardiology. I currently work as a Resuscitation Officer which involves the education and training of all grades of clinical staff in the recognition and management of acutely ill patients and the resuscitation of patients in cardiac arrest. I also attend Medical Emergency and cardiac arrest calls with the Medical Emergency Team.

I am a RCUK Advanced Life Support Instructor and a European Resuscitation Council Paediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor.  I volunteer to teach CPR in schools and strongly believe that CPR should be taught as part of the National Curriculum in Wales.

I, like my mother before me, and now my daughter, have Polycystic Kidney Disease. I am a highly sensitised kidney transplant recipient. I received a kidney transplant in June 2012 via a 3 couple paired exchange and my husband's donation. I am passionate about furthering research into the understanding and management of Kidney disease and the pyscho social aspects of living with a chronic kidney condition and/or transplantation.  I have presented my 'story' in several forums including Medical Student teaching, the WKRU annual general meeting, UK Kidney Research Consortium Transplantation Study Group meeting and had it published in the South Wales Evening Post. I am currently a patient representative on the Trial Management Group and Trial Steering Group for ITOPS (Increasing Transplantation Opportunities for Patients who are Sensitised.