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Kidney nurse wins bronze at esteemed awards

11 April 2024

Roseline Agyekum, senior nurse on the Health Inequalities in kiDney Disease, mEeting the urgent Need to identify early disease in high-risk communities (HIDDEN CKD) project, has been awarded bronze for Renal Nurse of the Year at the British Journal of Nursing (BJN) awards .

Rosaline holder her certificate in front of a logo board
Rosaline Agyeku

A project to research high risk communities

With funding from Kidney Research UK, Roseline and her team from King’s College Hospital are working to reach high risk groups, like the African and Afro Caribbean community (AACC), that may otherwise not receive a kidney disease diagnosis and subsequent treatment due to being under-served in this area. Factors such as lack of knowledge of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and immigration status were found by the team to contribute to low engagement, demonstrating blockers in early diagnosis and intervention.

The HIDDEN CKD project is developing a peer educator, “community champions,” led approach; individuals from the same community are trained through an accredited course to provide information, support and testing using Kidney Research UK’s award-winning model. With results immediately available on a testing device, this new approach is helping to address and break down health inequalities.

The project is being done in collaboration with Africa Advocacy Foundation (AAF), a Black owned media company Eagle London, and members of the AACC. They hope this will provide a model which can be translated to other high-risk communities.

A well-deserved award

Neerja Jain, health equalities programme manager at Kidney Research UK said: “Roseline is passionate, committed and relentless at reaching the local ‘highly at risk’ black African and Caribbean communities to delay onset through education, support and getting tested early for kidney disease to make empowered choices. She has uniquely led on providing accredited training to community members, called peer educators, who she inspires, mentors, and is a role model for, supporting an innovative project to address health inequalities, taking healthcare to the heart of these under- served communities.”

Congratulations from everyone at Kidney Research UK, Rosaline.

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