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Professor Nicki Thomas

Professor Nicki Thomas

thoman11@lsbu.ac.uk

Institute of Health and Social Care

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8311-7356

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I am a registered nurse and Professor, combining experience across clinical practice, education, quality improvement and research and was the first nurse to be awarded a professorship specifically for kidney care. As an honorary nurse consultant at Barts Health NHS Trust I have been involved in the development and evaluation of the East London Community Kidney Service. I also run post-registration kidney modules in collaboration with the Trust .

I joined the School of Health and Social Care in 2013 and teach kidney care and research methods. I am the Editor of Renal Nursing, now in its 5th edition https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781119413172

My particular research interest is the care and management of early kidney disease in primary care, especially self-management and shared decision making. I recognise the importance and impact of meaningful patient and carer involvement in health care research as a key driver for health services that are person-centred.

Courses taught

Allied Health Professions - PhD

Adult Nursing - BSc (Hons)

Adult Nursing - PgDip/MSc

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mr Mannah Edward KargboDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mrs Nicola RuddockDoctoral Research ProjectDProf
Ms Clare BeanlandsOccupational therapy students’ experiences of professional reasoning during practice-based learning: A dialogical analysis.PhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Mr Raymond HealyHow do nurses in the acute surgical setting make sense of the care that they provide?DProf
BSc (Hons) Nursing

Surrey University

1985
1989
MA (Education)

London South Bank University

1994
1995
PhD (Professional Practice)

City University, London

2004
2010
Registered nurse

Royal London Hospital

1979
1982
Associate Professor
London South Bank University

2015
2017
Education
Senior Lecturer
London South Bank University

2013
2015
Education
Independent renal nursing consultant
Self-employed

2011
2013
Commercial/industry
FunderYear wonProjectRole
Kidney Care UK2022Experiences of under – served groups who have had remote kidney clinicsPrincipal Investigator
BD Life Sciences2021HSC_Urine Collection Podcast_DB Life SciencesPrincipal Investigator
Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC)2021AI Award TSET Round Two_UltromicsCo-Investigator
BIG South London2021HSC_BME Forum_ BIG Innovation VoucherPrincipal Investigator
National Kidney Federation2021HSC_Trainign and Support_National Kidney Federation Principal Investigator
BME Forum2020HSC_Barbers Project_BME Forum_ConsultancyPrincipal Investigator
NHS England2021HSC_AI Lab Award Evaluation_NHSXPrincipal Investigator
Health Education England2020HSC_Post PhD Bridging Programme_HEEPrincipal Investigator
Private Donation2020HSC_Barbers project_Private donationPrincipal Investigator
Burdett Trust for Nursing2020Rehabilitation and recovery following critical illness related to COVID-19 Co-Investigator
Burdett Trust for Nursing2019Feasibility of using smartphone technology for home urine testing in people with diabetes and/or chronic kidney disease in East LondonPrincipal Investigator
The Health Foundation2019Reducing unnecessary outpatient appointments in kidney carePrincipal Investigator
Kidney Care UK2019Maximising Peer Support in Kidney CarePrincipal Investigator
Kidney Care UK2019H675_App Res_Vital Arts_CookbookPrincipal Investigator
Queen Mary University of London2019App Res_QMUL_Kidney Paper Principal Investigator
Guys and St Thomas Trust (GSTT)2018H607_Consultancy_GSTT NHS Trust_Evaluation FrameworkPrincipal Investigator
Royal London Hospital Kidney Patients Association2018H594_AppRes_KPAPrincipal Investigator
Barts Health NHS Trust2017H077_Consultancy_Barts Health_CKD ProjectPrincipal Investigator
Barts Health NHS Trust2017H077_4_Consultancy_Barts Health_CKD ProjectPrincipal Investigator
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
PSL2122-0443 HSC_AI Award DrDoctor new extension_NHSXHSC_AI Award DrDoctor new extension_NHSXPrincipal InvestigatorDepartment for Health and Social Care (DHSC)OPEN Approved for submissionAug 2022
PSL1819-0208_H668_App Res_QMUL_Kidney Paper App Res_QMUL_Kidney Paper Principal InvestigatorQueen Mary University of LondonOPEN Approved for submissionFeb 2019
British Renal Society
2016
2021
Association of Nephrology Nurses (ANN-UK)
2020
European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/ European Renal Care Association
1985
Kidney Patient Involvement Network
2018

Editor-in-Chief
2012
2019
De Montfort University
External examiner

MSc (Renal Nursing)

June 2015
November 2019
University of Northampton
External examiner

Renal and Urology Nursing

September 2018
September 2021
Baxter Healthcare

Member of Education 'Think Tank'

September 2020
Diaverum

Medical Advisory Board

Industry
September 2020
December 2021
Prizes, awards, and accolades

Donna Lamping Research Award (Jun 2018)

British Renal Society


Lifetime Achievement Award (Sep 2014)

European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association


Evidence to public body

Oct 2018

NICE clinical guideline committee (renal replacement therapy)


Aug 2021

NICE clinical guideline committee (chronic kidney disease)


Reach and Impact

Improving peer support (Oct 2020)


Oct 2020

Publication of Toolkit for Peer Support https://www.kidneycareuk.org/health-professionals/peer-support-toolkit/


Prevalence of frailty and cognitive impairment in older transplant candidates - a preview to the Kidney Transplantation in Older People (KTOP): impact of frailty on outcomes study.
Thind, A. K., Rule, A., Goodall, D., Levy, S., Brice, S., Dor, F.J.M.F., Evans, N., Ospalla, D., Thomas, N., Wellsted, D., Johansson, L., Willicombe, M. and Brown, E.A. (2022). Prevalence of frailty and cognitive impairment in older transplant candidates - a preview to the Kidney Transplantation in Older People (KTOP): impact of frailty on outcomes study. BMC Nephrology. 23 (1), p. 283. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-022-02900-w

Patient perspectives and experiences of remote consultations in people receiving kidney care: A scoping review
Ewart, C., Baharani, J., Wilkie, M. and Thomas, N. (2022). Patient perspectives and experiences of remote consultations in people receiving kidney care: A scoping review. Journal of Renal Care. 48 (3), pp. 143-153. https://doi.org/10.1111/jorc.12419

Patient activation and its association with symptom burden and quality of life across the spectrum of chronic kidney disease stages in England.
Magadi, W., Lightfoot, C.J., Memory, K.E, Santhakumaran, S., van der Veer, S.N, Thomas, N., Gair, R. and Smith, Alice C (2022). Patient activation and its association with symptom burden and quality of life across the spectrum of chronic kidney disease stages in England. BMC Nephrology. 23 (1), p. 45. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-022-02679-w

Barriers and facilitators to implementing and sustaining peer support in kidney care
Wood, E., Trasolini, A. and Thomas, N. (2021). Barriers and facilitators to implementing and sustaining peer support in kidney care. Journal of Renal Care. https://doi.org/10.1111/jorc.12394

Decision‐making experiences of young adults with long‐term conditions
Ofori‐Ansah, S., Evans, M., Jones, J. and Thomas, N. (2021). Decision‐making experiences of young adults with long‐term conditions. Journal of Renal Care. https://doi.org/10.1111/jorc.12367

Specialist Interest Groups in the Association of Nephrology Nurses UK
McManus, B., Thomas, N., Bangura, B., Anderson, N., Williams, G. and Rhodes, C. (2021). Specialist Interest Groups in the Association of Nephrology Nurses UK. Journal of Kidney Care. 6 (2), pp. 86-88. https://doi.org/10.12968/jokc.2021.6.2.86

Launch of ANN UK mentorship programme
Thomas, N. (2020). Launch of ANN UK mentorship programme. Journal of Kidney Care. 5 (6), pp. 287-288. https://doi.org/10.12968/jokc.2020.5.6.287

Quality improvement at scale: evaluation of the drivers and barriers to adoption and sustainability of an intervention to reduce late referral in chronic kidney disease
Thomas, N., Woolnough, L., Nation, M. and Gallagher, H. (2020). Quality improvement at scale: evaluation of the drivers and barriers to adoption and sustainability of an intervention to reduce late referral in chronic kidney disease. BMJ Open Quality. 9, p. e001045. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjoq-2020-001045

A narrative review of peer support barriers and facilitators in kidney care
Trasolini, A., Wood, E. and Thomas, N. (2020). A narrative review of peer support barriers and facilitators in kidney care. Journal of Renal Care. 47 (1), pp. 9-16. https://doi.org/10.1111/jorc.12350

International perspectives on Patient Involvement in Clinical Trials in Nephrology.
Banerjee, D., Lowe-Jones, R., Damster, S., Thomas, N., Scholes-Robertson, N., Tong, A., Levin, A. and ISN-ACT patient-engagement in clinical trials group (2020). International perspectives on Patient Involvement in Clinical Trials in Nephrology. Kidney International. 98 (3), pp. 566-571. https://doi.org/S0085-2538(20)30797-3

Involvement of young people in a qualitative study that seeks to explore experiences of renal replacement therapy choice selection
Ofori-Ansah, S., Thomas, N., Jones, J. and Evans, M. (2019). Involvement of young people in a qualitative study that seeks to explore experiences of renal replacement therapy choice selection . PGR Summer School Conference. London South Bank University 01 - 04 Jul 2019 London South Bank University.

Innovative education for people with chronic kidney disease: an evaluation study
Rainey, H., Hussain, S. and Thomas, N. (2020). Innovative education for people with chronic kidney disease: an evaluation study. Journal of Renal Care. 46 (4), pp. 197-205. https://doi.org/10.1111/jorc.12325

Do virtual renal clinics improve access to kidney care? A preliminary impact evaluation of a virtual clinic in east London.
Hull, S., Rajabzadeh, V., Thomas, N., Hoong, S., Dreyer, G., Rainey, H. and Ashman, N. (2020). Do virtual renal clinics improve access to kidney care? A preliminary impact evaluation of a virtual clinic in east London. BMC Nephrology. 21 (10). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-020-1682-6

In review: Chronic kidney disease
Thomas, N. (2019). In review: Chronic kidney disease. Nursing in Practice.

Using chronic kidney disease trigger tools for safety and learning: a qualitative evaluation in East London primary care
Thomas, N, Hull, S and Rajabzadeh, V (2019). Using chronic kidney disease trigger tools for safety and learning: a qualitative evaluation in East London primary care. British Journal of General Practice. 69 (687), pp. e715 - e723. https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp19X705497

Young adults' experiences of dialysis or kidney transplant decision-making
Ofori-Ansah, S., Thomas, N., Jones, J. and Evans, M. (2019). Young adults' experiences of dialysis or kidney transplant decision-making. PGR Summer School Conference. London South Bank University 01 - 04 Jul 2019

Improving coding and primary care management for patients with chronic kidney disease: An observational controlled study in East London
Hull, S.A., Rajabzadeh, V., Thomas, N., Hoong, S., Dreyer, G., Rainey, H. and Ashman, N. (2019). Improving coding and primary care management for patients with chronic kidney disease: An observational controlled study in East London. British Journal of General Practice. 69 (684), pp. e454-e461. https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp19x704105

Improving coding and primary care management for people with Chronic Kidney Disease: an observational controlled study in east London.
Hull, S, Rajabzadeh, V, Thomas, N, Hoong, S, Dreyer, G, Rainey, H and Ashman, N (2019). Improving coding and primary care management for people with Chronic Kidney Disease: an observational controlled study in east London. British Journal of General Practice. 69 (684), pp. e454-461. https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp19X704105

Involvement of young people in a qualitative study that seeks to explore experiences of renal replacement therapy choice selection
Ofori-Ansah, S., Thomas, N., Jones, J., Evans, M. and Bullen, C Involvement of young people in a qualitative study that seeks to explore experiences of renal replacement therapy choice selection. UK Kidney Week Conference. Brighton 03 - 05 Jun 2019

Changing from 12 hour to 8 hour day shifts: a qualitative exploration of effects on organising nursing care and staffing
Baillie, LJ and Thomas, NM (2018). Changing from 12 hour to 8 hour day shifts: a qualitative exploration of effects on organising nursing care and staffing. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 28 (1-2), pp. 148-158. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.14674

Making our research relevant and visible to patients and the public
Thomas, N (2018). Making our research relevant and visible to patients and the public. Journal of Renal Care. 44 (3), pp. 127-127. https://doi.org/10.1111/jorc.12259

Nurse practitioner consultations in primary health care: a case study-based survey of patients’ pre-consultation expectations, and post-consultation satisfaction and enablement
Barratt, J and Thomas, NM (2018). Nurse practitioner consultations in primary health care: a case study-based survey of patients’ pre-consultation expectations, and post-consultation satisfaction and enablement. Primary Health Care Research and Development. 20. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423618000415

Nurse practitioner consultations in primary health care: patient, carer, and nurse practitioner qualitative interpretations of communication processes
Barratt, J and Thomas, NM (2018). Nurse practitioner consultations in primary health care: patient, carer, and nurse practitioner qualitative interpretations of communication processes. Primary Health Care Research and Development. 20 (e37). https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423618000427

Nurse practitioner consultations in primary health care: an observational interaction analysis of social interactions and consultation outcomes
Barratt, J and Thomas, NM (2018). Nurse practitioner consultations in primary health care: an observational interaction analysis of social interactions and consultation outcomes. Primary Health Care Research and Development. 20 (e37). https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423618000427

Personal information documents for people with dementia: healthcare staff’s perceptions and experiences
Baillie, LJ and Thomas, NM (2018). Personal information documents for people with dementia: healthcare staff’s perceptions and experiences. Dementia. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301218778907

Innovating and evaluating education for people with kidney disease
Thomas, NM and Rainey, H (2018). Innovating and evaluating education for people with kidney disease. Journal of Kidney Care. 3 (2), pp. 114-119. https://doi.org/10.12968/jokc.2018.3.2.114

Classification of chronic kidney disease ten years on: what have we learnt and what do we need to do now?
Thomas, NM (2018). Classification of chronic kidney disease ten years on: what have we learnt and what do we need to do now? Family Practice. 35 (4), pp. 349-351. https://doi.org/10.1093/fampra/cmy015

Nurse practitioner consultations in primary health care: a case study-based survey of patients’ pre-consultation expectations, and post-consultation satisfaction and enablement
Barratt, J. and Thomas, N. (2018). Nurse practitioner consultations in primary health care: a case study-based survey of patients’ pre-consultation expectations, and post-consultation satisfaction and enablement. Primary Health Care Research and Development. 20. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1463423618000415

Nurse practitioner consultations in primary health care: An observational interaction analysis of social interactions and consultation outcomes - ERRATUM
Barratt, J and Thomas, N (2018). Nurse practitioner consultations in primary health care: An observational interaction analysis of social interactions and consultation outcomes - ERRATUM. Primary Health Care Research and Development. 20. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423618000634

The challenge of nutritional management in people with kidney disease.
Langley-Evans, S and Thomas, NM (2017). The challenge of nutritional management in people with kidney disease. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 30 (6), pp. 679-680. https://doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12525

The challenge of nutritional management in people with kidney disease
Langley-Evans, S and Thomas, NM (2017). The challenge of nutritional management in people with kidney disease. Journal of Renal Care. 43 (4), pp. 195-196. https://doi.org/10.1111/jorc.12227

Partnership with patients and their families.
Thomas, NM (2017). Partnership with patients and their families. Journal of Renal Care. 43 (3), p. 131. https://doi.org/10.1111/jorc.12212

New ways of working; delivering better care for people with long-term conditions
Tzortziou Brown, V, Patel, I, Thomas, NM, Tomlinson, J, Roberts, R, Rayner, H, Ashman, N and Hull, S (2017). New ways of working; delivering better care for people with long-term conditions. London Journal of Primary Care. https://doi.org/10.1080/17571472.2017.1361619

How does the length of day shift affect patient care on older people's wards? A mixed method study
Baillie, LJ and Thomas, NM (2017). How does the length of day shift affect patient care on older people's wards? A mixed method study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 75, pp. 154-162. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2017.07.014

Introducing a device to assist in the application of anti-embolism stockings
Thomas, NM and Bennett, N (2017). Introducing a device to assist in the application of anti-embolism stockings. British Journal of Nursing. 26 (9). https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2017.26.9.510

Service User Involvement in Healthcare Improvement
Thomas, NM (2017). Service User Involvement in Healthcare Improvement. in: Baillie, L and Maxwell, E (ed.) Improving Healthcare A Handbook for Practitioners CRC Press.

A programme to spread eGFR graph surveillance for the early identification, support and treatment of people with progressive chronic kidney disease (ASSIST-CKD): protocol for the stepped wedge implementation and evaluation of an intervention to reduce late presentation for renal replacement therapy
Thomas, NM, Gallagher, H, Methven, S, Casula, A, Tomson, C and Caskey, F (2017). A programme to spread eGFR graph surveillance for the early identification, support and treatment of people with progressive chronic kidney disease (ASSIST-CKD): protocol for the stepped wedge implementation and evaluation of an intervention to reduce late presentation for renal replacement therapy. BMC Nephrology. 18, p. 131. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-017-0522-9

The Cornish Experience Of The ASSIST-CKD Project
Barton, A.L., Mallard, A.S., Patterson, A., Thomas, NM, Dickinson, S. and Gallagher, H. (2017). The Cornish Experience Of The ASSIST-CKD Project. Annals of Clinical Biochemistry. 55 (1). https://doi.org/10.1177/0004563217690416

The Experience of Older People in the Shared Decision-Making Process in Advanced Kidney Care
Thomas, NM (2016). The Experience of Older People in the Shared Decision-Making Process in Advanced Kidney Care. BioMed Research International. 2016. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/7859725

Editorial
Thomas, NM (2016). Editorial. Journal of Renal Care. 42 (3), pp. 135-136. https://doi.org/10.1111/jorc.12171

The service user and carer perspective
Thomas, NM, Baillie, LJ and Maxwell, E (2016). The service user and carer perspective. in: Tranvag, O, Synnes, O and McSherry, W (ed.) Stories of Dignity Within Healthcare Research, Narratives and Theories M&K Publishing. pp. 97-110

Educating a health service workforce about dementia: a qualitative study
Baillie, LJ, Sills, E and Thomas, NM (2016). Educating a health service workforce about dementia: a qualitative study. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults. 17 (2), pp. 119 -130. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-11-2015-0051

What drives quality improvement in chronic kidney disease (CKD) in primary care: process evaluation of the Quality Improvement in Chronic Kidney Disease (QICKD) trial.
Nihat, A, de Lusignan, S, Thomas, NM, Tahir, MA and Gallagher, H (2016). What drives quality improvement in chronic kidney disease (CKD) in primary care: process evaluation of the Quality Improvement in Chronic Kidney Disease (QICKD) trial. BMJ Open. 6 (4). https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008480

Structured nursing educational programs improve quality of life outcomes in patients with Cushing's syndrome.
Llahana, S and Thomas, NM (2016). Structured nursing educational programs improve quality of life outcomes in patients with Cushing's syndrome. Endocrine. 53 (1), pp. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12020-016-0934-5