Prof Helen Hurst

School of Health & Society

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Current positions



Helen is a Professor of Nursing and holds a joint clinical academic position with the University and the Northern Care Alliance NHS Trust. She has over 30 years' experience working in the NHS in renal medicine and care of the elderly, with over 20 years in advanced practice. Her current clinical work is within renal medicine and is part of the Donal O’Donoghue renal research centre. She holds national and international leadership positions, Secretary of Association of Nephrology Nurse UK, Co-chair UK Innovation and Dialysis Network, Education and Workforce Lead for the Northwest Kidney Network, member of the UKKA Supportive care SIG and member of the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Clinical Senate. Previous vice president of the British Renal Society and the UK Kidney Association (UKKA). She has had postdoctoral awards and completed a Florence Nightingale Scholarship. Her research area is older people, frailty and advanced kidney disease, including a specialist interest in peritoneal dialysis. Funded ongoing projects currently from NIHR. Working as a clinical academic she is supporting AHP’s and nurses through pre doctoral, doctoral and post-doctoral studies.

Areas of Research

Chronic kidney disease, peritoneal dialysis, older people, frailty, qualiative research, mixed methods research,

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • PhD

    2009 - 2012
  • MSc Clinical Nursing

    1999 - 2000
  • Degree Health Care Studies

    1995 - 1999