All Party Parliamentary Kidney Group All-Party Parliamentary Kidney Group To improve understanding in Parliament of kidney disease and transplant medicine and promote improvements in the health and care services that are available to improve the health of people with renal failure. The National Kidney Federation performs the role of secretariat by Andrea Brown Chief Executive - email [email protected] What is an APPG? All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party, interest groups of MPs and Peers interested in a particular issue. APPGs do not have any power to make laws and are not funded by Parliament. There is a great number of APPGs, covering many and diverse fields such as health, education, transport, defence, finance, the media, and sports. Some APPGs have existed for many decades whereas others come and go in response to issues of the day. For more information, please visit the Parliament website. Role Name Party Constituency Chair Brendan Clarke-Smith MP Conservative Bassetlaw Vice Chair Gavin Newlands MP SNP Paisley and Renfrewshire North Vice Chair Sheryll Murray MP Conservative South East Cornwall Vice Chair Yasmin Qureshi MP Labour Bolton South East Vice Chair Barbara Keeley MP Labour Worsley and Eccles South Vice Chair Julie Elliott MP Labour Sunderland Central Officer Laura Farris MP Conservative Newbury MeetingsOur first meeting with the APPKG group took place on Monday 31st January 2022. Speakers that attended the meeting included; Dr Michelle Willicombe who discussed COVID-19 vaccine efficacy for kidney patients, NKF Honorary President and transplant patient Kirit Modi and in centre dialysis patient Norman Harding, on their experiences of being kidney patients who have been vaccinated and who have recently had COVID-19. The next APPKG meeting will be held in May, this will be a parliamentary reception where we will be able to meet the MPs face to face.