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Helen Capper

University Hospital of North Midlands, UK

I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1997 and was employed as a staff nurse on the Renal Unit at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. During my time in renal medicine I have worked within a number of different disciplines, but my passion for PD and education lead me to the  peritoneal dialysis unit where I have worked, for the last 12 years, and currently hold a post as  Home Therapies Sister.  My primary focus has been to develop a service which enables patients to have a greater choice of treatment options and to improve patient experience through initiatives which promote this ethos.  These includes the initiation and management of  an in house assisted APD service, the instigation and development of a programme for unplanned PD starts as well as the amalgamation of the  Home Haemodialysis and PD service  to become the home therapies team.

I am very focused on developing services which allow patients choice in their decision making and have been actively involved in a number of initiatives to promote this.  These include setting up and driving an in-house Assisted APD service, initiating and developing a programme for unplanned starts and being involved with the amalgamation and transition of the Home haemodialysis service with the Peritoneal Dialysis Unit to become the  Home Therapies team.