About Us

The field of rheumatology has advanced rapidly as research continually alters standards of care for patients and increase the number of therapeutic options available for clinicians. A number of highly specialised laboratory and imaging techniques have been developed to better assess patients, both in terms of diagnosis, disease monitoring and predicting outcome. Perhaps most importantly of all, several targeted therapies including biological agents and small-molecule therapies have been licenced to manage these historically difficult to treat conditions. Allied with these novel pharmacological therapies, there have been advances in patient support, education and multidisciplinary care in order to manage these complex multi-faceted group of diseases.

Patients are increasingly demanding uniform access to the expert care they deserve. Following the success of the Eastern SpA Academy formed in 2017, the London (2019), Scotland (2020), Midlands (2021) and Physiotherapy (2021) and RA  (2021) Academies were established to raise clinical standards, promote multidisciplinary care, and generate research interest. We hope to provide an overarching strategy for rheumatology learning, with central co-ordination to cover the wide breadth of topics relevant to practitioners managing rheumatological conditions, and to avoid repetition of topics and presentations.

During 2021, our inaugural RA Academy will be held at the Royal Society of Medicine, London. This hybrid 2-day event will be delivered by an internationally renowned faculty of leading experts. Each day has a theme and will cover topics pertinent to the care of patients with RA including presentation and care pathways; clinical assessment; imaging and case studies; pharmacological and non-pharmacological management. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of our recent meetings have been virtual. However, we are delighted to re-establish face to meetings providing government guidance indicates that it is safe to do so.  Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits will be available for each event.

Please see the Events section of the website for further information.

Target audience:

  • Rheumatologists (consultants, associate specialists, staff grades, specialist registrars, fellows)
  • Other doctors (general practitioners, musculoskeletal radiologists, Orthopaedic surgeons, ophthalmologists, dermatologists, gastroenterologists and others)
  • Rheumatology Nurses (specialist clinical nurse and research nurses)
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists and orthotists
  • Pharmacists
  • Osteopaths
  • Chiropractors
  • Podiatrists

Please register for upcoming events by using the ‘Events’ tab above

Our Team

Professor Karl Gaffney
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