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Scottish Society for Rheumatology Autumn Meeting 2018

Call for abstracts now open!

SSR Autumn Meeting Hamilton Park Racecourse

Date: Friday, 9 November 2018 - Saturday, 10 November 2018


Hamilton Park Racecourse, Bothwell Rd,
South Lanarkshire, Hamilton


Main speakers include:

  • Watson Buchanan memorial lecture will be delivered by Prof Paul Emery, Arthritis Research UK Professor of Rheumatology, Section Head, Inflammatory Arthritis, Director of the Leeds Biomedical Research Centre
  • Update on Management of Ankylosing Spondyloarthropathy by Dr Raj Sengupta, Consultant Rheumatologist, The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath

Registration details will follow shortly, but we would like at this stage to invite the submission of abstracts for poster or oral presentation. Please see the submission guidelines and the deadline for submission will be Friday 5th October 2018 at 5pm.

There will also be the Society dinner on the Friday night.

If you require further information in the meantime, please contact


Stephanie Hough,
Society Administrator,
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,

TEL: + 44 (0)131 247 3687
FAX: + 44 (0)131 226 6124

Email: ssr.admin@rcpe.ac.uk

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Day 1 Friday 9 November 2018


Registration and Coffee


Introduction and welcome
Dr Ruth Richmond, President, Scottish Society for Rheumatology

Session 1 - Consultant Business Meeting session


Consultant Business Meeting

Session 1 - Trainee Session

Chair: Dr Robin Munro, Consultant Rheumatologist, NHS Lanarkshire


New biologics
Dr Jagtar Singh Nijjar, NIHR Clinical Lecturer, University of Cambridge


Duty of Candour
Dr Christine Bradford, Medical Defence Union

Session 1 - AHP Session

Chair: Mr Nico Groenendijk, Consultant Physiotherapist Rheumatology, NHS Lanarkshire


An overview of the presentation and management of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Mrs Karen Black, Lupus UK Nurse Specialist, Hairmyres Hospital


May be fit for work
Jacqueline Lebida, Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapy Rheumatology, NHS Lanarkshire


See it for what it is, not what you want it to be
Mr Nico Groenendijk, Consultant Physiotherapist Rheumatology, NHS Lanarkshire

Session 2 - Watson Buchanan Memorial Lecture

Chair: Dr Elizabeth Murphy, Consultant Rheumatologist, NHS Lanarkshire


Psoriatic Arthirits - where are we now?
Professor Paul Emery, Arthritis Research UK Professor of Rheumatology, Section Head, Inflammatory Arthritis, Director of the Leeds Biomedical Research Centre




SSR Annual General Meeting (members only)

Session 3


Ankylosing Spondylitis - what's new?
Consultant Rheumatologist and Lead for Ankylosing Spondylitis, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD), Bath, UK 


Coffee / tea

Session 4 - Oral abstract session


The Changing Presence of BSR in Scotland 2018
Ms Lauren Bennie, Devolved Nations Liaison Officer for the British Society for Rheumatology


SSR Oral Abstracts



Day 2 - Saturday 10 November 2018

Session 5 - Quality improvement project/updates


Promoting MSK Research in Scotland
Ms Joy Dawson/ Professor Stuart Ralston, University of Edinburgh


Transitional care and Scottish Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Network
Dr Elaine Morrison, SPARN network


ImPaHCS:  Improving patient health in CNO and SAPHO.  A new study as part of the NIHR BioResource
Dr Jagtar Singh Nijjar, NIHR Clinical Lecturer, University of Cambridge


SOPHOS and PsA research in Scotland
Dr Stefan Siebert, Senior Lecturer in Inflammation and Rheumatology, University of Glasgow


British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Registers in Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis
Epidemiology Group, University of Aberdeen, UK


Coffee and poster viewing

Session 6 - Clinical updates


An update on the investigation and management of muscle disease
Dr John Goodfellow, Clinical Lecturer in Neurology, University of Glasgow


Maternal medicine and rheumatic disease
Dr Ellie Jarvie, Consultant Obstetrician and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, NHS Lanarkshire






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Online booking for this event closes on Friday 26 October 2018 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

Registration fees



SSR member - Consultant


SSR member - all other members


Standard fee


Society dinner - Friday 9 November 2018

£35 per ticket

SSR membership

If you would like to become a member please visit the SSR website for more information.

Please note: It will be possible to join the Society on the day, entitling any new members to the lower rate but only for any future meetings attended.


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Further Info

This event is open to all grades of medical, health care and scientific staff and to students. If you are unsure about eligibility, or the correct fee category, please contact the SSR member of staff responsible for the event (see Fees page).

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A certificate of attendance with CPD information will be issued electronically to individual delegates via email. Please note - certificates can only be issued to attendees who have signed against their name on the CPD Register/Delegate List available at each event and completed feedback forms have been received.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event.

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