Edwina Brown (UK)


am a passionate believer and promoter of broadening access to and therefore knowledge of and about peritoneal dialysis. Clinically I am the lead for a large peritoneal dialysis unit in London, I initiated and developed assisted PD in the UK and have trained many local and overseas renal trainees in PD. I have been on the organizing faculty of the UK PD Academy since its initiation in around 2000. I am a firm believer that education must be backed up by research and have been the lead investigator in several multicentre studies which have widened access to PD: EAPOS (European APD Outcome Study), BOLDE (Broadening Options for Long-term Dialysis in the Elderly) and FEPOD (Frail Elderly Patient Outcomes on Dialysis). My current work with ISPD includes participation in CME events about PD in lower- and middle-income countries (Senegal, Ethiopia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan in the last 3-4 years). As chair of the ISPD guidelines committee, I have initiated and seen guidelines through to completion (2016 update of length of time on PD, 2019 PD Access update). Most recently I have been chairing the group updating the PD prescribing guideline which is nearing completion and will be published in 2020 – this changes the focus of PD to holistic person-centred, goal-directed care.

As president of the ISPD, I would use my skills of involvement with national renal societies (chair of education committee of UK Renal Association; vice-president (education) of British Renal Society) to continue the work of ISPD in promoting and nurturing the use of PD globally. I am a firm believer that the care of people doing PD requires the multi-disciplinary team – and the members of that team play equally important roles. This needs to be reflected in how the ISPD itself works so that there is greater involvement by nursing colleagues and other allied health professionals, both in representation on the Council and in outputs from the ISPD such as education and research. Finally, and most importantly, there are the people who do peritoneal dialysis. Currently they have little voice in most parts of the world and as a society promoting person-centred care, we need to consider how people doing PD can be heard by and involved by the ISPD