Date: 9-11 December 2019

Venue: University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool – Dr Cristina Estrach

Deadline: 5:30pm, 23 September 2019

The Headstart Fellowship is an exclusive opportunity to enjoy a fully funded fellowship with University Hospital Aintree. As a merging trust, they have advantages and expertise from two established rheumatology units – which you'll get for the price of one.

University Hospital Aintree is a regional specialist centre for rheumatology and one of only three national centres for Behçet's. It has a Best Practice Award-winning early arthritis clinic, an established ultrasound service and many other innovative clinics that they are keen to share with you.

This fellowship will be delivered using a mixture of lectures, workshops and hands-on experience in clinical settings. At the end of this fellowship you will have increased your knowledge and skills in:

  • How to plan and implement a clinical merger

  • How to plan, manage and implement specialist and innovative services

  • How to contribute to clinical research

  • Working with and developing the MDT

Applicant information

Who can apply?

  • Fellowships are open to all members working and implementing practice in the UK and Northern Ireland only. They are recommended for those in senior years of specialist training and newly appointed consultants, although members from all professional backgrounds are eligible to apply

  • Applicants may apply for more than one fellowship, but if you are successfully chosen to participate in a fellowship you are no longer eligible to apply for further fellowships for two years from the start date of your successful fellowship

  • Five places are available for this fellowship

How to apply

To be eligible for this fellowship applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form

  • A two-page CV (If you submit a CV that exceeds two pages, the first two pages only will be sent to the reviewing panel)

Applications should be submitted by Monday 23 September 2019. Any applications received after this deadline will not be accepted. You can see the status of your application by logging into ‘My BSR’. The application will not have submitted successfully unless the status shows as ‘complete’.

Reviewing process

A panel made up of a minimum of four people individually review the covering letter and CV of each application. These are numerically scored against criteria of suitability, based on skills and experience to date, and ability and/or plans to disseminate their learning. Following this, all applications are ranked according to their total score and the panel agree who to award the fellowships to.

Applying for leave

We will always aim to inform you of your success to allow you enough time to book study leave, but we would advise provisionally booking study leave at the time of applying for the fellowship to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions or require further information, email the events team or call 020 7842 0900.

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Event schedule

Day 1

Morning session

Covering topics including evolution of rheumatology services

Session title


Welcome and overview of the programme

Introduction to the teams

Workshop 1: Planning a merger – collaboration and evolution of rheumatology servces

Dr Estrach and Dr Nelson, business manager

Tea and coffee break

Workshop 2: Biologics service and virtual clinic

Dr N Goodson, specialist nurses


Afternoon session

Covering topics including managing and running national and regional centres

Session title


Workshop 3: Specialist centres – managing and running regional and national centres

Prof R Moots, Joanne Kennedy, Dr C Estrach, business managers


Lectures: Clinical management of specialist conditions

Scleroderma and myositis

Dr M Anderson


Prof R Moots, Dr J Nair

Day 2

Morning session

Covering topics including MSK conditions in the interface

Session title


Workshop 1: MSK conditions in the interface

RheuCAS teams


Workshop 2: How to manage difficult CTD

Dr Zoe Mclaren


Afternoon session

Covering topics including drug and disease monitoring, running a nurse helpline and escalating therapy DMARDs

Session title


Workshop 3: How to manage difficult vasculitis

Dr Janice Harper, Dr J Nair, Dr D Mewar


Workshop 4: How to contribute to research

Prof Moots, Dr A Daroszewska, Dr N Goodson

Day 3

Morning session

Practical sessions

Session title


Practical work at the Early Arthritis Clinic and USS

Dr C Estrach, Dr C Dubois, specialist nurses

Afternoon session

Covering topics including how to set up different services

Session title


Workshop 1: How to set up a transition and adolescent service

Dr D Mewar, Dr C Estrach, specialist nurses


Workshop 2: How to set up an AS service

Dr N Goodson, physios

Speakers and programmes are subject to change