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Date: 9-11 December 2019

Venue: University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool – Dr Cristina Estrach

Applications have now closed for this fellowship.

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

Event schedule


Day 1

Morning session

Covering topics including evolution of rheumatology services


Session title

Speakers

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

Lunch

Afternoon session

Covering topics including managing and running national and regional centres

Session title

Speakers

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

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

Coffee

Lectures: Clinical management of specialist conditions

Scleroderma and myositis

Dr M Anderson

Behcets

Prof R Moots, Dr J Nair

Day 2

Morning session

Covering topics including MSK conditions in the interface

Session title

Speakers

Workshop 1: MSK conditions in the interface

RheuCAS teams

Coffee

Workshop 2: How to manage difficult CTD

Dr Zoe Mclaren

Lunch

Afternoon session

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

Session title

Speakers

Workshop 3: How to manage difficult vasculitis

Dr Janice Harper, Dr J Nair, Dr D Mewar

Coffee

Workshop 4: How to contribute to research

Prof Moots, Dr A Daroszewska, Dr N Goodson

Day 3

Morning session

Practical sessions

Session title

Speakers

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

Speakers

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

Dr D Mewar, Dr C Estrach, specialist nurses

Coffee

Workshop 2: How to set up an AS service

Dr N Goodson, physios



Speakers and programmes are subject to change