[Skip to content]

Print this page

Latest news

Physiotherapists triumph in national award

Published 02/05/2013

Two physiotherapists from Derby Hospitals have triumphed in the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society’s (NRAS) Patients in Focus award. Sue Kennedy and Anne Hardy from the Royal Derby Hospital were presented with their award at the British Society for Rheumatology’s annual conference in Birmingham.

The Patients in Focus Award is an annual award set up in 2004 by NRAS to celebrate innovation and creativity in patient care across the UK. The award is used to recognise best practice in the education, treatment and care of people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Sue and Anne have developed a scheme to encourage more rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients to get involved with exercise by setting up a progressive, resistance training programme. There is often confusion among RA patients and healthcare professionals as to appropriate exercise regimes. Exercise is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle but it’s important to balance this with preventing further damage. 

Patients complaining of muscle weakness, reduced exercise capacity or just those wishing to gain a better understanding of exercise can now safely be referred to the programme. 

Sue Kennedy, said: “Our rheumatology therapy team at the Royal Derby Hospital feel very privileged to receive the Patient in Focus Award. We feel that patients with rheumatoid arthritis deserve the best care possible and this was what led us to set up our progressive resistance training. Our hope is that patients with rheumatoid arthritis will benefit from the advice and the strengthening exercise our programme is designed to deliver.”

The £1,000 prize that comes with the award will help fund additional equipment for the physiotherapy gym at the Royal Derby Hospital.


For further information, please contact:

Liz Smith

Communications Officer

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Email: liz.smith21@nhs.net   

Tel: 01332 785778

Last Modified 02/05/2013