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I have been a Consultant Rheumatologist for more than twenty years.
I have several years of management and service improvement/change experience. I am currently the Clinical Director/Lead of our busy NHS Countywide Rheumatology Unit . I lead the Rheumatology multi-professional team approach across these sites.
I am engaged in undergraduate and post-graduate medical teaching and clinical supervision. I am a University of Birmingham Medical School Senior Academy Tutor.
I am also a visiting Professor at the University of Worcester.
Areas of interest
Arthritis; Connective tissue disorders; SLE Metabolic bone disease (MBD); Rheumatoid Arthritis; Osteoarthritis; Fibromyalgia; Raynauds; Inflammatory joint disorders; Osteoporosis; Hypermobility Syndrome
Current NHS consultant posts held
Department of Rheumatology
Worcestershire Royal Hospital
Aconbury West, Charles Hastings Way
Kidderminster General Hospital
I have co-ordinated a number of studies involving our Department.
Previous studies include:
This consortia has published the results of the genetic association for Osteoarthritis.
I was the local Principal Investigator of this multicentre study looking at Rheumatoid arthritis patients and use of hand exercises as additional intervention. The study was supported with in-put from the occupational therapy Department and Physiotherapy Department.
MOTION PERFORMANCE CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF WORCESTER
I have collaborated on a joint Student MRes project with the University of Birmingham. The project used infra red motion capture technology to look at hand finger joint movements in patients with Rheumatoid arthritis ( with and without knuckle joint replacement).This was a collaboration with other investigators.
Hill walking, running, going to the gym and spending time with family.
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Panjabi, Punjabi - Fluent
arcOGEN Consortium and arcOGEN Collaborators. Identification of new susceptibility loci for osteoarthritis (arcOGEN): a genome-wide association study Lancet 2012; 380: 815–23
Aaron G. Day-Williams et al including the arcOGEN Consortium. A Variant in MCF2L Is Associated with Osteoarthritis. The American Journal of Human Genetics 89, 446–450, September 9, 2011 annals Rheumatic Diseases ARD Online First published on September 6, 2012 as 10,1136/annrheumdis-2012-202081
Evaluation of the genetic overlap between osteoarthritis with body mass index and height using genome-wide association scan data Ann Rheum Dis 2013;72:935-941
L.E. Lester , J.W. Bevins , C. Hughes , A. Rai , H. Whalley , M. Arafa , D.E.T. Shepherd, D.W.L. Hukins. Range of motion of the metacarpophalangeal joint in rheumatoid patients, with and without a flexible joint replacement
A meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies novel variants associated with osteoarthritis of the hip. Ann Rheum Dis doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2012-203114
Courses offered to GPs
I'm a keen educator and regularly have performed lectures and educational updates for trainees, GPs and other medical professionals.
- MBChB University of Birmingham 1985
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians London 2001
- LLM Masters in Law: Legal Aspects of medical practice Cardiff Law School 2002
Reference number 3086627
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Fellow Royal College of Physicians London 2001
Affiliations / memberships
British Medical Association
British Society of Rheumatology
British Society of Immunology
Midland Rheumatology Society
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
BMI Droitwich Spa Hospital: 01905 793333
Spire South Bank: 01905 350003
Kidderminster Hospital: 01562 826353