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The Renal Arts Group

The Renal Arts Group is a collaboration between patients, carers, clinicians, academics and artists to develop a programme of research with the ultimate aim of improving the physical and psychological quality of life of those living with kidney disease.

In 2016 the Renal Arts Group (RAG) was established at Queen's University Belfast following a suggestion by members of the Northern Ireland Kidney Patient Association with an interest in arts-based activities. The group is co-chaired by Dr Helen Noble, a nephrology nurse and Reader at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast and William Johnston, the Northern Ireland Advocate for Kidney Care UK. It was formed to highlight the effects of living with kidney disease through the medium of art and to promote kidney transplantation.

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Renal Arts Group Members

Dr Helen Noble - Renal Arts Group Co-Chair and Reader, School of Nursing and Midwifery

William Johnston - Renal Arts Group Co-Chair, Patient Advocacy and Support Officer, Kidney Care UK, Northern Ireland Kidney Patient Association Chair, Writer and Transplant Recipient

Anna Wilson - Renal Arts Group Administrator

Dr Claire Carswell - Registered Mental Health Nurse and Research Fellow

Mr Ian Walsh - Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast

Alistair MacKenzie - Renal Social Worker, South-Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Professor Joanne Reid - Professor of Cancer and Palliative Care and Director of Research, Queen's University Belfast

Paul Sibley - Artist and Transplant Recipient

Dr Paul Murphy - Lecturer in Drama, School of Arts, English and Languages

Jenny Baxley-Lee - Senior Lecturer, Center for Arts In Medicine, University of Florida

Ciaran Campbell - Music Promoter and Kidney Patient

Libby Weatherup - Renal Counsellor, Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Professor Kevin Gormley - Director of Internationalisation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast

Anne Quail - Artist, Arts Care

Jean Michelo - Singer and Kidney Patient

Shaun Greene - Photographer and Transplant Recipient

Maureen Woods - Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Michael Matthews - Renal Nurse and PhD Student

Daniel O'Rourke - Musician and Kidney Transplant Recipient

Lynne Cunningham - East Scotland Patient Advocacy and Support Officer, Kidney Care UK

Ewen Maclean - West Scotland Patient Advocacy and Support Officer, Kidney Care UK 

Paloma Tendero - Visual Artist living with PKD

Amy Parkes - Artist and Kidney Patient

Fez Awan - Kidney Patient

Stephanie Burton - PhD Candidate and Acute Care Nurse

Ann McGrath - Renal Nurse and Kidney Patient

Suzan Yianni - Hospital Grants Manager, Kidney Care UK

Jackie Pilcher - Lead Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Kidney Care UK

Fina Wurm - Honorary Assistant Psychologist and Postgraduate student with the School of Psychology

Ellie Stubbs - Youth Worker, University Hospital Southampton 

Kirsty Edwards - Art Therapy Projects Manager, Teapot Trust


Renal Arts Group Quarterly Reports