Rheumatology

Our award-winning Rheumatology team cares for patients of all ages – from paediatrics in the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital to adult care in our specialised Day Unit. If you’re looking for a rewarding career with in-depth patient care, Rheumatology could be the ideal place for you…

Why join us in Rheumatology?

Be Part of an Excellent Team

Our department is a nationally recognised Centre of Excellence, and we continually strive to improve the quality of care and services that we offer

At the Forefront of New Research

We have strong links with the University of East Anglia, which means we are often helping spearhead major new research in our area of expertise

Move into a Specialty

We have several Specialist Rheumatology Nurses on our staff at varying levels, and specialists in the field of Lupus, Biologics and more

Pick up an Incredible Skillset

You’ll gain lifelong skills in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the joints, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and related structures

About our Unit

We run Outpatients Clinics and a Rheumatology Day Unit five days per week.

The Rheumatology Day Unit is an eight bedded unit catering for IV’s, joint injections, epidurals and general assessments to alleviate or maintain a patient’s condition.

We treat more than 100 rheumatic diseases, most of which cannot be cured, but effective treatment can allow sufferers to live pain-free and active lives. Some of the conditions treated include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Scleroderma.

More than 45 clinics are hosted every week in our Unit, including sessions on General Rheumatology, Connective Tissue Disease, Early Arthritis, New Drug Education and Osteoporosis. Through these clinics, more than 10,000 appointments are made annually.

Our staff

We have a strong multidisciplinary team in Rheumatology, where our Consultancy team, Registrars, and Research Fellow are supported by Specialist Nurses, Biologic Nurses and Rheumatology Day Unit Staff.

Our Biologics Team comprises Specialist Nurses who look after patients who are on Anti-TNF or Biologic drugs, and other immunosuppressive therapies. They have a large number of patients on treatment, and have gained significant expertise in managing Biologic therapies and working within NICE guidance over the last 10 years.

Who We Work With

The department has close links with the Physiotherapy Unit, which houses a Hydrapool to aid patient recovery.

Within the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital we also have a multi-disciplinary team including a Paediatric Rheumatology Nurse Specialist, three Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists and a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. This team works closely with the Paediatric Orthopaedic Team. We also work in collaboration with the Norfolk Arthritis Register (NOAR), the largest community-based study in the world investigating the cause and outcome of inflammatory polyarthritis.

Recent news…

Kit Tranter, Lead Paediatric Rheumatology Nurse Specialist at NNUH, was recently presented with an Award from the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) by UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Prime Minister, who is the founding patron of NRAS, presented Kit with the NRAS Healthcare Champion award for her work on juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Kit was nominated for the award by one of the families she continues to care for in Paediatric Rheumatology, where she is part of a team of 20 specialist paediatric nurses in the Jenny Lind Children’s Department.

Also at the ceremony, Dr Karl Gaffney, Consultant Rheumatologist at NNUH received his ‘Undercover Hero’ award at the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society’s (NASS) inaugural Patient Choice Awards. Karl received the first award of the night having been nominated by patients, colleagues and NASS staff.

We'd love you to join us!

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is one of the largest employers in Norfolk, our staff work together to provide care for our local population.

We have a huge variety of roles, with opportunity for development and career progression.

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