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Podiatrists, physiotherapists and rheumatologists from UK NHS trusts and local health boards are invited to host a NIHR HTA-funded GREAT trial recruiting patients with early rheumatoid arthritis affecting the foot/ankle. 

The GREAT trial will evaluate whether gait rehabilitation results in any additional benefit, compared to usual treatment alone in a randomised trial which includes an internal pilot study for evaluating recruitment rates. 

Physiotherapists and podiatrists will deliver the intervention over 12 weeks and combine gait circuit training for completion at home alongside behavioural techniques for promoting self-management. 

Devolved Nations Liaison Officer Lauren Bennie met with Glasgow Caledonian University Senior Research Fellow Dr Gordon Hendry, a co-investigator on the trial, and podiatrist Aimie Patience at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s Managed Clinical Network for Rheumatology to find out more.

Dr Hendry explained: "This trial provides a unique training element and skills which combine both gait rehabilitation exercises and behaviour. The first two years of rheumatoid arthritis is often when patients are most vulnerable. Our early feasibility study has confirmed this trial is feasible, acceptable and safe."

To register your interest, email Dr Hendry, copying in Trial Manager Lisa Jolly. Visit the website to find out more and meet the team.