Meet the Accreditation Team

Within EDTNA/ERCA we are committed to working with renal teachers and those who deliver a variety of renal education programs to evaluate and accredit educational activities offered to healthcare staff working within the renal field. The purpose of the accreditation project is two- fold. Firstly, to enable renal healthcare staff seeking to apply for courses, programs of continuing education to understand both the type and quality of the course being offered. Secondly, to provide clear feedback to educators, helping them develop their skills as teachers to be informed about best educational practice.

The accreditation team comprises full-time University based nephrology lecturers and one full-time nephrology clinical teacher. All have considerable experience in offering different types of general and nephrology education for basic and post basic nurses and nephrology healthcare workers. Members of the team have individually been involved in educational and clinical research, and curriculum development that has informed their educational and clinical practice. All members of the accreditation team are also experienced renal nurses and thus bring to EDTNA/ERCA the expertise required for this accreditation project.

Dr John Sedgewick PhD, MSc (Nursing), MSc (Health Service Research), BSc (Hons), RN, RMN, Dip Nurs, Renal Cert, CertEd, RNT, FETC

John has worked within the field of Nephrology since 1989. John's clinical background spans surgical and nephrology nursing (haemodialysis & renal transplantation) practicing in London, Manchester and Nottingham UK. He was previously the Chair of the Education Board [EDTNA/ERCA] 2006 – 2010 and is currently the Education Consultant (Middle East & Africa) for EDTNA/ERCA and leads the accreditation team.


Dr Margaret McCann PhD, FFNMRCSI, MSc, BNS (Hon), Certificate in Dialysis, Nephrology and Transplantation, RGN, RNT.  Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin Ireland

Margaret is the Education Officer for the Irish Nephrology Nurses Association and a member of the Education Accreditation Committee for the European Dialysis Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association (2008 to present) having previously been a member of the EDTNA/ERCA Education board.  She is a co-editor of the 2nd edition of the EDTNA/ERCA Post Basic Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nursing (2004).


Maria Saraiva, PhD, MNSc, RN, Specialist in Nephrology Nursing, Principal Lecturer

Maria Saraiva, PhD, MNSc, RN, Specialist in Nephrology Nursing has extensive research expertise in Nephrology Nursing particularly related to those with Acute Kidney Injury and in Renal Conservative Treatment.
Maria coordinates de Research Department at the Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa (ESEL) Portugal where she is presently working as Principal Lecturer.


Dr. Theodora Kafkia, RN, MSc, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece. 

Theodora is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, ATEI of Thessaloniki, Greece (2013 to present) with a clinical background in nephrology, dialysis (peritoneal and haemodialysis) and anaesthetics department. 
Theodora is teaching Renal Nursing, basic nursing skills, medical and surgical nursing in undergraduate students. She also teaches diabetic patient with renal problems management in the Diabetes Care Master’s Degree programme.