CLAHRC Fellow 2015
Jocelyn is the Senior Renal Research Nurse at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage. She arrived in the UK from the Philippines 15 years ago and worked as a staff nurse in the renal department caring for patients with acute, chronic and end stage renal disease requiring renal replacement therapy. She since completed her MSc Advancing Practice (Renal Care and Treatment) at the University of Hertfordshire. She moved to research in 2012 helping set up and run trials in the department. Her 18 years experience as a renal nurse fuelled her interest in cognitive dysfunction in renal disease. Cognitive impairment and dementia are common in this population and their prevalence increases with the severity of kidney failure and is particularly high in those receiving dialysis. Her project aims to identify suitable assessments tools to assist in early identification of cognitive impairment in patients with chronic kidney disease. This will facilitate a moretimely and appropriate management, improve patient and family/carer involvement in decision-making and improve outcomes.