Sarah Jenkins Consultant Nephrologist/Renal Clinical Director
Organisation: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sarah is a GenerationQ Fellow and Consultant Nephrologist/Renal Clinical Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
She has been a Consultant Nephrologist at the Trust since 2004, and operates the outpatient service and a satellite haemodialysis unit. She jointly leads home dialysis and delivers a weekly general nephrology clinic. She became Renal Clinical Director in 2013, leading the service through some challenging years in the NHS. The service performs around 80 transplants a year, and cares for over 650 transplant patients and 650 dialysis patients. Sarah finishes her tenure as Clinical Director this summer and will then take up her new post as Deputy Medical Director.
Sarah was previously a Specialty Registrar at the Trust, and South Yorkshire Renal Training Programme Director at the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery.
With the support of learning from the GenerationQ fellowship, Sarah is carrying out a project to put patients at the heart of change. It will increase patient/carer involvement in the Trust’s improvement programmes, with a target of at least one patient representative on each working group/project board. 'I am interested in how we can provide the opportunity for patients to be involved and influence at every stage of improvement and the barriers to success.
'There is a vital need for all available expertise and knowledge to be valued and integrated into improvement plans to make change effective and efficient.'
Sarah hopes GenerationQ will help her to lead and deliver this project. 'I want to build on my current ability to understand how to recognise opportunities, how to decide when to invest time and energy, and how to effect, measure and sustain improvement.'