29/01/19

Medical Director Fergus Caskey stands down

We wish to gratefully thank Fergus Caskey for his stellar role and dedication as MD of the RA Renal Registry over more than 5 years, now that he has chosen to stand down. Fergus has shown leadership and major achievement in guiding engagement of the clinical and research community within the Registry.

Fergus has helped drive the renal data collaboration which will ultimately enable real time data returns to renal units to help guide service delivery and quality improvement. He has supported the development of KQuIP. Not least Fergus has successfully guided the RA Renal Registry through the introduction of GDPR as UKRR governance lead. Recent changes in the Registry report and plans for the creation of a registry data portal were laid down by Fergus.

His achievements in research within the Registry are substantial; being responsible for several ground breaking multi-centre research studies which have generated multi-million research income. This includes ‘Prepare for kidney care and H4RT,’ the results of which will direct clinical care in the UK and beyond. Many of you will know Fergus as a supervisor and facilitator of data driven research by fellows and colleagues. Thank you Fergus. We know that you will continue working closely with the Registry as Chief Investigator in the ongoing national research projects.

Fergus’ position will be taken on by James Medcalf, Consultant Nephrologist in Leicester, who steps up from deputy medical director for a 3 year term of office. Many of you will know James, who has a strong track record in clinical informatics and has been providing key input to the Registry for one day a week for some time. James’ appointment is an exciting new opportunity for the RA Renal Registry and the UK renal community and we wish him every success.