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The rheumatology team

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People with arthritis have many different needs, so most hospital rheumatology departments have a team of health professionals to look after all aspects of your care. The team itself may vary from hospital to hospital but may include any of the following:

  • A consultant rheumatologist and patient

    Consultant rheumatologist

    A consultant rheumatologist is a doctor who specialises in diagnosing and treating arthritis and related conditions.

  • doctor with patient

    General practitioner (GP)

    General practitioners (GPs) have many different roles. Perhaps the most obvious is their role as a primary physician and coordinator of care.

  • Putting a bandage on a wrist

    Hand therapists

    Hand therapists are occupational therapists or physiotherapists who have done further training to specialise in treating conditions affecting the hands, arms and shoulders.

  • A doctor examining a child's hand

    Neurologist

    Neurologists are specialists in disorders of the nervous system. Some neurologists also have expertise in particular areas, such as the immune system.

  • An occupational therapist and patient

    Occupational therapist

    An occupational therapist (OT) works with people to help them to carry out everyday activities and lead fulfilling lives. Some OTs specialise in helping people with arthritis and related conditions.

  • An orthopaedic surgoen and patient

    Orthopaedic surgeon

    Orthopaedic surgeons specialise in surgical treatments for problems affecting the bones, joints and other structures. They’re involved in treating the problems caused by disease and injury.

  • A orthotist fitting a splint

    Orthotist

    An orthotist specialises in the use of devices (orthoses) to support weakened joints, correct deformities and reduce pain and strain when the affected joints are being used in everyday life.

  • A physiotherapist and patient

    Physiotherapist

    A physiotherapist is a healthcare professional who are experts in assessing movement and function to help you remain active and independent both at home and at work.

  • Feet

    Podiatrist

    Podiatrists are experts on problems with the feet and ankles, and some specialise further in problems caused by arthritis and related conditions.

  • Women talking

    Psychologists

    A psychologist can help you to manage symptoms of pain and fatigue, follow methods to reduce disability and deal with other challenges more skilfully.

  • A rheumatology nurse specialist and patient

    Rheumatology nurse specialist

    A rheumatology nurse specialist is a nurse with specialist experience in looking after the needs of people with arthritis and related conditions. Some are qualified to diagnose, recommend treatments and prescribe medication.

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