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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



Gordon Banks OBE


The Haywood Foundation was saddened by the loss of our president Gordon Banks OBE in February.


Gordon was known around the world to millions as a goal keeping legend, a World Cup winner and as a true gentleman who loved his adopted city, Stoke-on-Trent.


Gordon took on the role as president of the Haywood Foundation in August 2014 and highlights of his presidency included the opening of the PIER information and resource centre at the Haywood Hospital and the judging of an art competition that the by Year 9 pupils at the Haywood Academy.


Haywood Foundation Chairman, Professor Andy Hassell said: "We were delighted when Gordon agreed to become President of the Foundation. His generosity, enthusiasm and enduring popularity enabled the Foundation to raise its profile and help improve the lives of many more arthritis patients and their carers. “Gordon Banks had the rare qualities of being humble whilst being an inspiration to many people. There was a great demand for his presence from many organisations and individuals and we are eternally grateful that he managed to find time to help our cause.”


Gordon Banks and Andy Hassell

Gordon Banks (right) with Professor Andy Hassell from the Haywood Foundation


Gordon Banks Art pupils

Gordon Banks with pupils at the Haywood Academy in 2015




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

Maria Shaw, Honorary Secretary Haywood Rheumatism Research and Development Foundation Haywood Hospital,
High Lane, Burslem, Stoke on Trent, ST6 7AG
Tel: 01782 672728, Fax no: 01782 673912, Email: june.brammar@mpft.nhs.uk


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