About this event

  • Date and time Sat 30 Mar 2019 from 12:30pm to 5:10pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Medicine and Me

What will you learn?
By attending this half day meeting, you will get the opportunity to:

  • Understand some of the challenges of living with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Know about some treatments available for rheumatoid arthritis
  • Understand some of the aspects of the psychological and emotional wellbeing of people living with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Know about current research and possible future developments in rheumatoid arthritis

What are medicine and me meetings?
The Medicine and me meetings aim to provide an outline of current best practice and future updates of important conditions and to give direct voice to patients and their carers and enable them to discuss their concerns and reflections on the impact of diagnosis, investigation and management. Physicians and surgeons and indeed all healthcare professionals continue to learn from and be inspired to greater efforts to improve care by hearing directly from patients.


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Session one

Chair: Ms Clare Jacklin, Director of External Affairs, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Dr Jo Ledingham, Consultant Rheumatologist, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Patient perspective - The patient journey

Ms Ailsa Bosworth MBE, Founder and Chief Executive, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society

Patient perspective - Getting a diagnosis

Ms Sophie Brown

Panel discussion

Session two

Mr Neil Betteridge, Independent Health Consultant and NHS England Patient Adviser

Managing the physical symptoms

Dr Jo Ledingham

Managing fatigue

Dr Katie Druce, Research Associate, The University of Manchester

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session three

The psychological impact

Ms Ailsa Bosworth

Patient perspective – The impact on relationships

Ms Katy Pieris

Patient perspective - The impact of rheumatoid arthritis on working life

Ms Rachel Till

Panel discussion
The future of treatment and care

Professor Peter Taylor, Director of Clinical Sciences, Arthritis Research UK and National Institute for Health Research Clinical Trials Unit, Botnar Research Centre and Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology

Question and answer session
Where to go for help

Ms Clare Jacklin

Close of meeting

Evaluation surveys will be sent via email and certificates of attendance can be found in the 'My Account' area on the RSM website


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom