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Rheumatology Team

Rheumatology Team

Dr C M Dowson

Dr Caitlyn Dowson, Clinical Director of Specialist Services, Consultant Rheumatologist & Senior Lecturer, Keele University

In addition to my role as a general rheumatologist, I have a special interest in osteoporosis and undergraduate medical education. I am the current clinical lead for the Rheumatology department and the Osteoporosis services. As a Senior Lecturer at Keele Medical School, I am involved with the development and delivery of the musculoskeletal teaching programme for Module 2 and Module 4 of the new Keele curriculum.

Dr Peter Dawes

Dr Zoe Paskins, Clinical Lecturer & Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology.


Dr Peter Dawes

Dr Erin Vermaak, Consultant Rheumatologist.

Appointed in March 2014.

Professor Andrew Hassell

Professor Andrew Hassell, Consultant Rheumatologist & Head of Keele University Medical School

I am particularly interested in the care of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and have been involved in a number of innovations and research studies around rheumatoid arthritis treatments. I am Chairman of the Haywood Foundation, a charity devoted to improving life for local people with arthritis and related conditions. My other major interest is medical education. I qualified from Manchester Medical School and completed my initial postgraduate training in the North West, trained in rheumatology in the North West and West Midlands, spending 2 years in full time research in Birmingham. I was appointed as Head of Keele School of Medicine with effect from 1 March 2015, having previously been Director of Undergraduate Programmes.

Dr Edward Roddy

Dr Edward Roddy, Consultant Rheumatologist

I carried out my training in the East Midlands and joined the rheumatology team at the Haywood Hospital as a Consultant Rheumatologist in 2007. My main specialist clinical and academic interests are crystal arthropathies particularly gout, and foot pain and osteoarthritis.

Dr Shyra Price

Dr Shyra Price, Consultant Rheumatologist

I carried out my specialist registrar rheumatology training in Nottingham, Derby and Mansfield and joined the rheumatology team at Haywood Hospital as a Consultant Rheumatologist in 2008. My main specialist interests include connective tissue diseases as well as inflammatory arthritis, in particular early rheumatoid arthritis. I also have an interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound in order to aid diagnosis and help guide procedures. My other interest includes undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Dr Samantha Hider

Dr Samantha Hider, Consultant Rheumatologist

I graduated from the University of Nottingham, before undertaking my general medical training at University Hospitals North Staffordshire, where I developed an interest in rheumatology. The majority of my rheumatology training and PhD were undertaken in Manchester, before I completed my training as a Walport Clinical Lecturer at Keele University and the Haywood Hospital. I was jointly appointed as a Consultant Rheumatologist and Lecturer at Keele University in 2009. I am the clinical lead for the Back Pain Service. My other clinical interests include the management of rheumatoid arthritis. My research interests include the management of common musculoskeletal disease at the primary/secondary care interface, specifically examining optimal care pathways for patients with sciatica. My other interests include the management of polymyalgia rheumatica.

Dr Jonathan Packham

Dr Jonathan Packham, Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr Jon Packham qualified from Southampton University medical school. He completed his rheumatology training in Oxford where he finished his DM in 'Long term outcome of patients with juvenile arthritis'. His specialist clinical and academic interests include: paediatric rheumatology, ankylosing spondylitis, chronic pain and the influence of psychological distress on response to treatment. He is an honorary clinical senior lecturer at the Arthritis Research UK National Primary Care Centre at Keele University. He has recently contributed to the 2010 NICE guidelines on 'Depression in chronic diseases'.

Professor Elaine Hay

Professor Elaine Hay, Consultant Rheumatologist & Professor of Community Rheumatology

Elaine Hay is Director, and Professor of Community Rheumatology at Keele’s Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre with an honorary consultant rheumatology appointment at the Haywood. She leads a large multi-disciplinary team investigating the causes, course and consequences of musculoskeletal pain in primary care. This research group is internationally renowned and has received prestigious national recognition through the award of Centre-of-Excellence status by Arthritis Research UK in 2008, and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2009.

Elaine graduated from Sheffield University in 1979, completed her general medical training and was introduced to rheumatology there. She moved to Manchester in 1987 as Senior Registrar in Rheumatology and completed her MD as an ARC Clinical Research Fellow at the Manchester ARC Epidemiology Unit in 1993. Following her move to the Haywood Hospital in 1994 as the first Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Community Rheumatology in the UK she was awarded a personal Chair in 2003.

Elaine has chaired a number of national committees including the ARC Education Subcommittee, the BSR Research and Training Committee and the RCP Joint Specialty Committee for Rheumatology.

Dr Ajit Menon

Dr Ajit Menon, Consultant Rheumatologist

I qualified in medicine and obtained my MD in Internal medicine after a 3 year post-graduate residency programme from the University of Delhi in 1998. I came to the United Kingdom in 2002 and worked as Clinical fellow in rheumatology at Bath before completing my Specialist Registrar training in the West Midlands and have joined the Haywood team as a Consultant in 2009. My area of interest is in Ankylosing Spondylitis and sero-negative arthritis.

Dr Sanjeet Kamath

Dr Sanjeet Kamath, Consultant Rheumatologist

I am a full-time Rheumatologist and carried out most of my training in the West Midlands. My areas of special interest are in Connective Tissue Disease and early inflammatory arthritis. I am also involved in various teaching activities including undergraduate and postgraduate medical students and allied health professionals.

Dr Shouma Dutta

Dr Shouma Dutta, Consultant Rheumatologist & Clinical Lead for Rheumatology

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh before continuing my general medical training within the North Western Deanery.  After undertaking a Rheumatology Fellow position in North West London, I carried out my registrar training in rheumatology in Yorkshire and Wales.  I joined the Haywood team in August 2011.  My areas of interest include early inflammatory arthritis and I look forward to developing the Osteoporosis service with the team.  Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching are my other areas of interest.

Sarah Ryan

Sarah Ryan, Consultant Nurse, Rheumatology

I am a Consultant Nurse in Rheumatology and Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Nursing at Keele and am involved in clinical, educational and research activities. My doctorate work involved exploring patients' perceptions of control in rheumatoid arthritis. Clinical interests include the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain, patient education and the development of coping skills. I am Editor of the journal 'Musculoskeletal Care'.

Ann Brownfield

Ann Brownfield, Consultant Nurse, Rheumatology

I am a Consultant Nurse in Rheumatology and my main role is managing the care of patients receiving NICE approved biologic drugs. I qualified as a nurse in 1993 with a Diploma in Nursing from Keele University and have since completed a BSc in Nursing Studies and a MSc in Rheumatology Nursing.

Cath Thwaites

Cath Thwaites, Lecturer in Rheumatology Nursing

I am a Lecturer in Rheumatology Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University, teaching pre and post registered nursing students, allied health professionals and medical students. My clinical practice is based in the Outpatient Department at the Haywood Hospital and the Children's Clinic at UHNS. Previous Rheumatology experience includes working as a Ward Sister and Nurse Practitioner in Rheumatology, gaining expertise in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have a special interest in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) particularly early RA, patient education and paediatric rheumatology.  I am on the Editorial Board of 'Musculoskeletal Care' and am also a committee member for the Haywood Foundation. My MSc work has explored the experiences of Rheumatology Nurses running telephone advice lines.

Kay Stevenson

Kay Stevenson, Consultant Physiotherapist & NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellow

I qualified from the Queen Elizabeth School of Physiotherapy in 1988 and worked in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in Stoke for several years prior to taking up a position as a Lecturer/Practitioner at Keele University. I am currently employed as a Consultant Physiotherapist within the Musculoskeletal Service of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust. I am Module Leader for M Level Modules on 'Principles and Practice of Joint and Soft Tissue Injection', and 'Musculoskeletal Management at the Interface'.

Annette Twemlow

Annette Twemlow, Consultant Nurse, Osteoporosis

I qualified in 1997 as a staff nurse and worked on the Vascular Surgery Ward at UHNS Trust.  When I became Osteoporosis Nurse at the Haywood Hospital in 2001, I realised how disabling this mainly preventable condition can be and I wanted the chance to make a difference to my patients' health and well-being.  The Osteoporosis and Fracture Liaison Service now has a total of 6 members of staff and is recognised as one of the best services in the country.  In 2009 we won a national award from the Department of Health for the excellence of our service (see Awards Section).  I was appointed Consultant Nurse in Osteoporosis in June 2011.

Alison Hall

Alison Hall, Consultant Ultrasonographer/Research Fellow

I am a diagnostic radiographer by background and trained in diagnostic ultrasound in 1996, specialising in musculoskeletal ultrasound in 2002.  In 2008 I joined the Haywood Hospital in a new post as a Consultant Sonographer/Research Fellow.  Whilst I am employed by Keele University, I am seconded to the Haywood and Cannock Chase Hospitals for 2 days each per week.  My role is to develop diagnostic ultrasound and guided injection services in Rheumatology, provide part of a scanning service for deep vein thrombosis at the Walk-In Centre and to provide a link between clinical practice and research into diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory disease.

I run national study days and am a regular speaker on ultrasound and guided injections on national courses and at several universities.  I am founder and Chair of the Musculoskeletal Sonographer Special Interest Group and a member of the National Ultrasound Governance Committee.