We know that the very best clinical care is delivered by departments actively conducting their own clinical research and innovation. We are passionate that clinical research is most successfully delivered when it is embedded alongside routine patient care pathways.
We are a dedicated team who are committed to:
We are working together to drive clinical research forward in Rheumatology. The team consists of 7 consultant rheumatologists, their junior medical team, 2 research nurses and a clinical trials assistant.
The Rheumatology department has always been involved in research.
Since 2010 our research portfolio has grown, incorporating the breadth of rheumatological diseases: Rheumatoid / Inflammatory Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Connective Tissue Disease and Bone Health. We also work collaboratively with other departments within the Trust to provide research opportunities to patients.
We are involved in a variety studies, including observational studies looking at the outcomes of patients on established treatments and trialling new agents that have yet to be made generally available on the NHS. The department has conducted some small single-centre studies, but most often is involved in large multi-centre national and sometimes international studies. We are always actively looking for patients to participate in our clinical trials and if you are interested in participating, please ask.
The Rheumatology department has been successful in attracting research projects from the national portfolio of charity-sponsored and NHS-funded studies as well as pharmaceutically sponsored commercial studies.
The department is continually approached to consider additional studies. Portsmouth Rheumatology, through the efforts of its research staff, is one of the most active contributors to national registries helping to provide our patients with the long-term safety and outcome data that currently underpins our confidence in the newer biologic treatments for inflammatory diseases.
Rheumatology is a rapidly advancing field and through frequent involvement in research studies in Portsmouth, we have been able to offer many of our patients some of the very latest methods of disease assessment and treatment. Conducting clinical research has allowed us to acquire new skills which are now routinely being translated into our departments high standard of care.
Rheumatology Outpatient Department, C Level, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, Hampshire, PO6 3LY
Telephone: 02392 286000 extension 4470 or bleep 1576
Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend your appointment so that our research nurses are aware and we can re-arrange a new appointment for you.