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Department of Rheumatology needs volunteers!
16 March 2017

The Department of Rheumatology would like to hear from patients, their family and friends about a new exciting project looking at online patient education and support for people living with Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases.

As a volunteer you will be part of a team over the next 12 months helping to shape and improve patient educations and support for people living with rheumatological conditions (arthritis, Connective Tissue Diseases and Osteoporosis) - using social media, webpage, YouTube videos and animation.

Lead Patient and Public Volunteers - 2-3 volunteers required to help support the lead project team. Working with Matron/ Service Manager, Consultant , DAWN and IT Leads, Member of the multidisciplinary team (Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, Occupational Therapists and Pharmacist) and representative from Portsmouth University. This group will meet monthly for 12 months to take the project forward - project plan, looking at priorities, financial spend, clinical governance (risk and quality).

Start and Finish small projects - Patient and Public Volunteers - 1-2 volunteers required to help support the start and finish groups. Working with clinical nurse specialists, Consultants, Rheumatology staff members, university students and members of the multidisciplinary team (Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, Occupational Therapists and Pharmacist).This smaller group will meet monthly for 3-4 times over a 3 month period to take a small chunk size piece of work looking at development of storyboards, type of medium (you tube, webpage, animation etc.) and signing off the final version (some of this can also be sent via email for feedback).

Buddy Video Stars Patient and Public Volunteers - Over the next 6 months we will also be looking for budding video stars - to either be part of video clips / or to talk about your experience living with arthritis, connective tissue diseases and treatment options.

This is a great opportunity for local people living with rheumatic diseases and their family/ friends to get directly involved in our work.

If you want to support your local Rheumatology services and improve quality of patient education and support, and you’re interested in developing new skills and building on existing experience and knowledge, The Department of Rheumatology would love to hear from you!.

Want to be involved? Come along on Wednesday 19th April 2017, 6:00pm- 7:30pm, Hip and Knee School (opposite lifts next to fracture clinic) C-Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham PO6 3LY.

To register or if you would like to hear more, please contact Valerie Robins 02392286142 or email Valerie.robins@porthosp.nhs.uk or write to Valerie Robins- Department of Rheumatology, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, PO6 3LY.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Queen Alexandra Hospital
Cosham, Portsmouth
Tel: 023 9228 6000

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