Richard Fluck is National Clinical Director for Renal Disease at NHS England and Consultant Renal Physician, Royal Derby Hospital.
He trained at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the London Hospital Medical College, qualifying in 1985. Early training was undertaken in the East London area before moving into research at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He was appointed a British Heart Foundation Fellow whilst exploring the link between cardiovascular disease, calcium signaling and abnormalities of calcium metabolism in chronic kidney disease. He returned to the Royal London Hospital as Lecturer and honorary Senior Registrar in Nephrology.
In 1996 Richard took up post at Derby City Hospital as the single handed Nephrologist. Over the next decade, the department expanded and developed a strong clinical research and safety program. As a whole, the department has interests in cardiovascular consequences of CKD and dialysis, infection and vascular access. As part of the team, he is involved in the coordination of two cohort studies looking at chronic kidney disease in primary care (RRID) and the short and long term consequences of acute kidney injury (ARID). More recent projects include the development of PROMs for renal patients and developing home therapies for patients on dialysis.
Within the acute trust, he has been clinical lead for renal disease for 15 years and clinical director for medicine. He has been the clinical lead for the East Midlands Renal Network and worked with the DH and HPA on infection in renal disease. He was also the clinical lead for the Kidney Care National audit on vascular access and transport in the haemodialysis population.
Richard was previously President of the British Renal Society and chair of the Kidney Alliance, taking up the post of National Clinical Director (Renal) for NHS England in April 2013. He sits on the UK Renal Registry Board, is the UK country co‐investigator for the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS). In 2007, he led the renal team at Derby that won the Renal Team of the year award, given by Hospital Doctor and the following year received the Health and Social Care Award for safety in patient care.