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A study into the effect of mood problems on inflammatory arthritis patients

CASE STUDY - Dr Annabelle Machin



Dr Annabelle Machin

Dr Annabelle Machin

Dr Machin is a GP working in Staffordshire. She has been part-funded by the Haywood Foundation to complete a PhD. Her research is focussed on mood problems in people with different types of inflammatory arthritis. Dr Machin has collected research evidence on how anxiety affects people with RA. Like depression, she found that anxiety is also linked to increased flares of joint pain in people with RA and a poor quality of life.


Dr Machin's research has helped to highlight how common mood problems are in different inflammatory conditions. She found that anxiety, as well as depression, can be linked to worse symptoms and a poor quality of life in people with RA. She also found out why mood problems may not be identified in people with inflammatory conditions.


Download the Case Study PDF to find out more



Dr Ted Hothersall – New Foundation President


Dr Ted Hothersall, a retired Consultant Rheumatologist at Haywood Hospital has taken over as Honorary President of the Haywood Foundation.


Ted Hothersall and Andy Hassell
Ted Hothersall (left) and Andy Hassell (right)


Dr Hothersall stepped up to take on the role following the sad passing of previous president, Gordon Banks, who died in February 2019 having been in the role for almost five years.

It is particularly fitting that Dr Hothersall takes up the presidential role as he was instrumental in the establishment of the Haywood Rheumatism Research and Development Foundation, now better known as the Haywood Foundation, in 1978.


Since that date Dr Hothersall has served the committee as a member and has been involved in many of it’s achievements including the purchase of a DEXA scanner in 1997.

Dr Hothersall was appointed as a Consultant Rheumatologist in North Staffordshire in 1969, being promised that a new Rheumatology Unit would be set up following his appointment. It soon became evident that this wasn’t going to happen quickly. In 1977 it was discovered that the unit wasn’t even in the next five-year plan so stronger action was needed.


An article appeared in the local press outlining the situation. This led to a chain reaction and before long patients and friends were writing to local MPs in enough numbers to get the issue raised in the House of Commons. Such was the momentum and strength of the campaign that, by August of that year, the Staffordshire Area Health Authority announced that the building would go ahead.

At the same time Dr Hothersall and others set up a fund for research to be carried out at the promised NHS funded department. Thus, the Foundation was born with a 16 strong committee and a first President, Mr F Shepherd-Johnson.


Dr Hothersall remained as Consultant Physician (Rheumatology) and was also a senior clinical lecture in the Department of Postgraduate Medicine at Keele University until his retirement in 1999.


Service User and Involvement Carer Celebration Event

Held at St Georges Hospital, Stafford - Wednesday July 17th 2019


Mike Brooks and Martin Gower

Mike Brooks, patient and lay member of the Haywood Foundation Charity, accepting his well-earned award from Chair Martin Gower, for ‘Working Together’ at the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT), Service User and Involvement Carer Celebration Event.


Mike Brooks and Kay Stevenson

Mike Brooks and Kay Stevenson, Consultant Physiotherapist, promoting the work of the Haywood Foundation at the celebration event.



Queens Nurse Award for Cath

Many congratulations go to Cath Thwaites, Lecturer in Rheumatology Nursing and a Haywood Foundation Committee Member.

Cath was recently awarded ‘Queens Nurse’ at the Queens Nursing Institution Award Ceremony.

Cath is seen accepting her award alongside Dr Andrew Finney, Research Fellow and Lecturer of Nursing at Keele University.

Cath Thwaites


All about Arthritis Event


The Haywood Hospital marked World Arthritis Day on 12th October by hosting a special information event with specialists and patients.
The event, entitled All About Arthritis, attracted crowds of over 150 people. It was open to the wider public but was especially aimed at people with arthritis and related conditions, and their carers.


Download the flyer (PDF 530k) for more information


The Haywood team

The AAE 2018 Foundation team


Professor Hassall Opens AAE 2018

Professor Hassall Opens AAE 2018

Total Knee Replacement Surgery video

featuring Mike Brooks, a Haywood Hospital Patient, interviewing Mr David Griffiths, Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at University Hospital North Midlands Hospital.



Frontline Dance

Song and Writing Workshops at the PIER centre. No experience necessary.


Frontline Dance


Download the Frontline dance flyer (PDF 635k) for more information


Read the Frontline Dance Press Release from October 2018 which exlains North Staffordshire’s groundbreaking project that secures additional funding ahead of Government announcement that dancing is good for your health


New Haywood Foundation Movie

View our new movie to find out all about the Haywood Foundation


New Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group

Forthcoming meetings: Thursdays January 17th,  March 21st,   May 16th,  July 18th,  September 19th and November 21st


All meetings take place on at the Haywood Hospital


Please see the flyer for more details (PDF 583k)


Sarah Ryan has been awarded the Droitwich Lecture Award


Congratulations go to Professor Sarah Ryan, a member of the Haywood Foundation, who gave a presentation and accepted the Droitwich Lecture Award at the BRS (British Rheumatology Society), held in Birmingham between 30th April and 2nd May 2019.


The Droitwich lecture award is awarded on an annual basis to an individual with international standing who has made an outstanding contribution either as a health professional or who has significantly contributed to health professional working.


The aims of the presentation: entitled ‘Addressing the Educational Needs of Nurses and Allied Health Professionals’ were to:
- Show how the need for education to support rheumatology nurse / AHP specialist posts arose
- Share experiences of leading nurse and AHP education
- Identify how the MSc in Rheumatology Practice has remained fit for practice for the last 20 years


Sarah Ryan and the Haywood Foundation members


Sarah Ryan (centre) holding her award and the members of the Haywood Hospital Rheumatology Team who also attended the BRS Conference.


Bright Ideas Update April 2019

The Bright Ideas is an ongoing venture made available by the Haywood Foundation.

If you have any Bright Ideas or would like to discuss any thoughts you have about improving patients’ experience of visiting or using our hospital, we would like to hear from you. You can either get in touch with june.brammar@mpft.nhs.uk. /telephone 01782 736728 or you can fill in one of our yellow cards and pop it into our yellow boxes that can be found throughout the outpatient department. You could get between £10 and £10,000 to help you take forward your ideas to help people with arthritis or other related conditions.

Thank You

A big thank you to everyone that submitted their ideas to the Haywood Foundations Bright Ideas Project.

Once again we had a great response and plenty of requests to consider. Suggested projects that have been taken forward and completed since our last update are:
• Requests for replacement user friendly patient chairs within the Rheumatology outpatient department – on order
• Requests for the addition of children’s activity/play items in the walk in centre. – On order.

New suggestions we are considering:
• Improved Wheelchair users access to the Rheumatology booking in desk
• A quite room for patients and visitors within the outpatient department
• Patient friendly door handles to many of the outpatients public conveniences
• The introduction of additional hospital signage

In 2018 the Haywood Foundation began to fund two community patient activity sessions. Tai Chi takes place each Thursday afternoon, 4.30 to 5.30pm in the hospital gym. Qigong (another form of Tai Chi) is held every Monday afternoon, 4 to 5pm. This is held at the Quaker Meeting Rooms in Leek. If you are a patient and think that you could benefit from attending either of these sessions, please get in touch or just come along.

For more information about the Bright Ideas Project and the work of the Haywood Foundation please contact:
June Brammar@mpft.nhs.uk or telephone 01782 736728



The Haywood Foundation Annual Fundraising Bike ride


Ride the Welsh Coast


This year’s Haywood Foundation Bike ride event takes place between 20 to 23rd June. The team, begin their journey in Stone, Staffordshire and travel through several coastal areas of North Wales to the finishing line in Aberdaron.


Bike ride


If you would like to support our team of clinicians, family and freinds, to raise funds for the Haywood Foundation, visit the ‘just giving’ webpage: www.justgiving.com/haywoodfoundation


Sarah Ryan

Congratulations to  Sarah Ryan, a member of the Haywood Foundation, who has recently been appointed as Professor of Rheumatology Nursing

Sarah Ryan was appointed as a Professor of Rheumatology Nursing in October 2018. This is an innovative post funded by the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Haywood Foundation, the vision for this appointment is to combine research, education and clinical practice to enhance patient care.

One research project that will be commencing soon will explore the views and expectations of young adults in a rheumatology follow up clinic. The findings from this study will directly influence future care provision
Education opportunities that supports shared decision making with patients and which develops the knowledge and confidence of rheumatology health professionals  will continue to be provided and developed locally.

The post will also enable collaborative working between colleagues within the trust and the University. This will provide the stimulus to continue to develop patient orientated research and ultimately improve patient care.



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Thank you

The Haywood Foundation would like to give their sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone that contributes and volunteers their time to support the work of this local arthritis charity


Contact us

June Brammar, Honorary Secretary Haywood Rheumatism Research and Development Foundation Haywood Hospital,
High Lane, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, ST6 7AG
Tel: 01782 672728, Fax no: 01782 673728, Email: june.brammar@mpft.nhs.uk


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