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I qualified from the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals in 1996. My general medical training was in London and Plymouth, before commencing my Rheumatology training in Bristol and Bath in 2001. After an Educational Fellowship, I completed my training on the South coast before taking up my Consultant post in Bristol in 2006.
My main work is in general rheumatology, where I see patients with all types of arthritis. I have a specialist connective tissue disease clinic, and also work closely with orthopaedic surgeons and dermatologists.
I am Clinical Lead at the Academic Rheumatology Department at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, where I lead a team of Consultant Rheumatologists offering specialist services to the population of Bristol and beyond.
I have a special interest in medical education, both postgraduate and undergraduate. I was Deputy Academy Dean at the South Bristol Academy of the University of Bristol from 2012-2018, and an am Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer. I regularly teach medical students, and for many years was on the Specialist Training Committee for Rheumatology at the Severn Deanery, taking responsibility for the training and supervision of future rheumatologists.
Areas of interest
Rheumatoid arthritis; Psoriatic arthritis; Osteoarthritis; Inflammatory joint disorders; Gout; Fibromyalgia; Musculoskeletal pain; Arthritis; Connective tissue disorders; Lupus; Ankylosing spondylitis; Joint injections; Soft tissue injections; Steroid injections; Knee injections; Shoulder injections; Pain management
- Esme Bertouche
- Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital The Chesterfield 3 Clifton Hill Bristol BS8 1BN
- 0117 239 4865
Video and telephone consultations
- Offers video and telephone consultations
- Avon Rheumatology
- Arthritis Research UK
- University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
- National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
- Doctor Foster
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Rheumatologist and Clinical Lead for Rheumatology
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
For 4 years (2011-2015) I chaired the USER Committee at Arthritis Research UK. Through this I was responsible for the allocation of several £million of research funding per year. This ensures that I am at the forefront of the latest research into causes and treatments for arthritis.
In my own department I have an interest in Clinical Audit and Service Developments. I have been responsible for the development and implementation of several patient pathways.
Finalist - British Society for Rheumatology Best Practice Award 2013
Courses offered to GPs
I am happy to talk to GPs on many aspects of rheumatology. Please contact my secretary to discuss your requirements.
I treat Inflammatory Arthritis according to NICE and Best Practice guidelines. Outcome measures such as the Disease Activity Score are used to inform individual and cohort response to treatment, and give results comparable to clinical trial data.
- MB BS University of London 1996
- BSc University of London 1993
- MRCP Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom 2000
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians of London 2010
- CertMed Ed University of Bristol 2006
- FHEA Higher Education Academy 2006
- Specialty Training in Rheumatology JCMHT 2005
Reference number 4322683
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Fellow Royal College of Physicians of London 2010
- Fellow Higher Education Academy 2006
- Member British Society for Rheumatology 2001
Details of entry to specialist register
- Rheumatology, 2005
Affiliations / memberships
British Medical Association
Arthritis Research UK
British Society for Rheumatology
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Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital
0117 987 2727