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Derby consultant elected president of national association

Dr Chris Deighton
3 June 2011

A rheumatology consultant at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been elected as the next president of the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR).

Dr Chris Deighton is currently the BSR’s president elect and will take up his presidential position in April 2012. He has worked at Derby Hospitals for eight years and will continue his clinical and teaching work while president of the BSR.

The BSR aims to promote excellence in the treatment of people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions and supports those delivering it. Dr Deighton has been a member for 25 years. He served as the chairman of its Clinical Affairs Committee for three years from 2007 and has also advised NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) on clinical rheumatology. Dr Deighton was one of three candidates put forward to become the BSR’s next president. He will serve for two years as president, followed by a year as ‘past president’.

Dr Deighton said: “I have been humbled by the vote of confidence my colleagues at the BSR have in me by electing me as their next president. It is a real honour, and one which could not have been achieved without the full support of Derby Hospitals.

“My role will have benefits for patients here in Derby and I will continue to put their needs first. As president of the BSR I will be made aware of national initiatives in rheumatology ahead of most of my peers and can bring them back to Derby. I will also be able to use some of our work as examples of best practice when advising on national agendas, and invite influential organisations to visit our hospitals.”

Derby Hospitals’ rheumatology service is a multidisciplinary team comprising doctors, specialist nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists supported by dedicated secretarial and administrative staff. It provides a full range of care from the assessment to treatment of all types of rheumatic disease including disorders of the joints, muscles, bones and tendons such as arthritis, connective tissue disease and degenerative joint disease. The department is based in the Royal Derby Hospital but also provides outreach clinics at community hospitals in Ashbourne, Heanor, Ilkeston, Ripley and Swadlincote.

Dr Deighton sees patients in the rheumatology clinic as well as teaching undergraduates and graduate entry students at the medical school, and runs a number of research programmes on the Royal Derby Hospital site.

Dr Deighton said: “I am so glad I joined Derby Hospitals as it has given me a new lease of life and new opportunities. The past eight years have been incredibly successful and I am extremely grateful to all my colleagues here in Derby for all the support they have given me.

“I am looking forward to taking on my new role in the BSR and promoting the field of rheumatology.”


For further information please contact:

Tanya Holden

Communications Officer

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

01332 785770