In 2022, Andy was appointed as a Consultant Nephrologist and Supportive Care Lead at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Preston.
Andy trained at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2009. His clinical and research interests relate to improving the health and wellbeing of people with kidney disease. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Manchester in 2021 for his thesis: ‘Frailty Assessment and Intervention in Chronic Kidney Disease’. As part of this body of work, Andy conducted a study of home-based exercise for older people living with kidney disease, which was funded by Kidney Research UK. Andy was the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Renal Project Lead for the Specialised Clinical Frailty Network. In this role, supported by funding from Kidney Care UK, Andy led the implementation of a geriatric assessment service for people living with kidney disease. In partnership with St Catherine’s Hospice, Andy established a new multiprofessional clinic in 2023 for people living with kidney disease receiving conservative care. Andy co-organised ‘The Geriatric Nephrology Symposium 2021’, hosted by The Royal Society of Medicine, and is a faculty member of the annual ‘Supportive care for the Renal Patient’ course. Andy co-chairs a workstream within the UK Kidney Association Supportive Care Specialist Interest Group and co-leads an NIHR Programme Development Grant that aims to understand what matters most to older people living with kidney disease.
Andy describes being a Kidneys for Life Trustee as a great honour and privilege; he is delighted that people living with kidney disease in Lancashire and South Cumbria will benefit from such a fantastic charity.