Seminar Series Presents: Rheumatology 20th Year Celebration

The School of Nursing and Midwifery host the last of their public seminar series for 2019 - 'Rheumatology 20th Year Celebration' - with speakers Professor Sarah Ryan, Professor of Rheumatology Nursing, Andrew Hassell, Head of School, School of Medicine and Cath Thwaites, Lecturer/Practitioner in Rheumatology Nursing. ‌
 
Twenty years ago models of clinical care were developing rapidly, notably with nurses taking on expanded roles in patient care. Practices accepted as commonplace now in rheumatology, such as nurses managing their own clinical load, prescribing drugs and administering joint injections, were just emerging. At the same time as these roles were developing, postgraduate educational opportunities for rheumatology nurses were extremely limited. 
 
Nurses expressed a desire for an academic programme that would support and develop the skills they were using in practice as well as evaluating and implementing research evidence. To have clinical credibility, the programme needed to reflect the needs of people with rheumatoid arthritis, the commonest chronic inflammatory arthritis that has the potential to impact on physical, psychological and social function. It was in response to this need that the Masters in Rheumatology Nursing was developed at Keele University with a target national (and international) audience of senior clinical nurses within rheumatology.  
 
Still going strong today, over the years the programme has developed to reflect and shape evolving care of people with rheumatoid arthritis in terms of new drug therapy, patient education and self management. This seminar will chronicle the development of this programme and will focus on the innovations that have ensured that the programme is still as relevant for clinical rheumatology practitioners today as it was in 1999.
 
You can book your place for this event by visiting our Eventbrite page or our website Seminar Series 

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