Rheumatology involves looking at the bigger picture and taking into account many different symptoms throughout the body to come up with a meaningful diagnosis and treatment plan. My NHS practice at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust involves the review of patients with a variety of musculoskeletal complaints where they can also become involved in clinical trials and research.
I am actively involved with research, the education of medical students and doctors, and running of the Clinical Rheumatology MSc Programme at The University of Manchester. To date, I have authored more than 125 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals and regularly present my team’s research in national and international conferences.
I see general rheumatology patients and also have a special interest in autoimmune inflammatory myopathy (myositis), connective tissue disease and psoriatic arthritis. My clinical experience is important as patients are often concerned that they may have a rare or uncommon disorder, when the ensuing diagnosis may be something much more straightforward. I have an excellent working relationship with the other experts at the OrthTeam Centre and can offer patients a considered opinion about their musculoskeletal symptoms, joint injections, prescriptions and onward referrals, where appropriate.
On completing my medical degree at the University of Nottingham in 1996, I trained in Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester. During my North West Rheumatology training from 2001-2009, I completed a Masters and a PhD. I became a Consultant Rheumatologist in 2009 at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, a Senior Lecturer at The University of Manchester in 2010, and was made a Professor in 2019.
Qualifications: PhD FRCP BMBS BMedSci MSc