I trained at St James Hospital Leeds qualifying as a Registered Nurse in 1989 and took my first job as a staff nurse on a joint Orthopaedic and Rheumatology ward. My original plan had been to work in Orthopaedics, but I discovered that I was far more interested in and stimulated by Rheumatology and since then I have always worked within the department of Rheumatology in Leeds. I worked as both a staff nurse and as a ward sister on rheumatology wards at both St James Hospital and the LGI and in 2004, I took up my current role of Nurse Specialist, moving with the department from the LGI to Chapel Allerton in 2006. Over the years, I have cared for patients with all rheumatological conditions, but my special interest is in Spondyloarthritis, and I work as part of the Spondyloarthritis team at Chapel Allerton Hospital helping to continually develop and improve the service. I have also been able to use my skills nationally and have supported and worked with The National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society (NASS) and I was also part of the NICE guidelines group producing both the Spondyloarthritis Treatment Guidelines in 2016 and the Standards in 2018.
Spondyloarthritis ( Psoriatic Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis)