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Dr Cristina Vasilica
Dr Cristina Vasilica
Lecturer in Digital Health and Co-developer of KIN
I am a researcher and lecturer in digital health at the University of Salford. I am passionate about digital health, public engagement and impact of social media. I initiated KIN with Prof Paula Ormandy in 2013.
Rob Finnigan
Rob Finnigan
GMKIN Manager
PKD patient, now transplanted. I work part-time for Kidney Care UK as its Patient Advocacy and Support Officer in the north-west. I’m also involved in a number of research projects both as a patient and contributor, most notably with the Health eResearch Centre in Manchester. I’ve been a member of GMKIN since 2013.
Prof Paula Ormandy
Prof Paula Ormandy
Professor in Long Term Conditions at the University of Salford and Co-developer of KIN
Paula’s research expertise focuses on information needs research and information provision to facilitate self-management in clinical practice for people managing a long-term condition.
Sarah Green
Sarah Green
KIN Administrator GMKIN area
Sarah is a type 1 Diabetic CKD patient. She is an advocate for patient-led care and young adults with a particular interest in mental health issues.
Holly Loughton
Holly Loughton
KIN Administrator GMKIN area
Holly Loughton received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor in 2016. She is passionate about peer support and empowering patients to make decisions regarding their own medical care and treatment. She is currently a member of the NHSE Strategic Co-Production Group for personalised healthcare.
Tara Bashford
Tara Bashford
KIN Administrator CaMKIN area
I was on dialysis for a year and a half before receiving a successful transplant through the Pooled pair exchange scheme. During my time as a dialysis patient I got involved with many different projects which I continue to advocate and support today. I’m excited to improve patient experience by being involved in CaMKIN.
Patti O’Kane
Patti O’Kane
Deputy Network Nurse CaMKIN area
Patti is an RN (32 years) and has worked in renal, specifically in haemodialysis, since the year 2000. Passionate about giving people with CKD the opportunity to participate in their care and believe that peer support and sharing experience can make a difference to quality of life for people with CKD.
Dr.  Alex Fenton
Dr. Alex Fenton
Lecturer in digital business
Dr. Alex Fenton is a researcher in digital communities and digital health

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