Becoming a champion to help improve arthritis treatment

One of the Trust’s staff members is one of only a handful of people from across the country to be given an opportunity to work on a national leadership programme to improve care for arthritis patients.

Lynsey Hetherington, musculoskeletal (MSK) service lead and extended scope podiatrist, was recently successful for her application to become an MSK Champion.

Lynsey, who is based at the One Life Centre in Hartlepool, has worked at the Trust for 11 years and is very proud of her latest achievement. Lynsey heard about the programme, organised by Versus Arthritis and Ashridge Executive Education, through senior management.

She decided to put herself forward for the opportunity with the support of her managers Julie Parkes, Director of Operations and Steve Pett, General Manager Specialist Service and Partnerships. To apply Lynsey completed an online application and attended an interview in London.

With only twelve places available across the UK, Lynsey was delighted to hear she had received a place as well as the astounding feedback received from the panel surrounding her drive for the programme.

The 18 month MSK Leadership Programme includes a handful of three day residentials, alongside online modules, coursework, home study and an improvement project.

The intention of the project is to give the candidates the opportunity to improve and advance the care and services provided for Arthritis patients to enhance their quality of life.  In addition, each candidate will become a Versus Arthritis Ambassador which involves hosting talks and attending events on behalf of the charity.

Lynsey said: “I am delighted to have gained a place to become an MSK Champion and a Versus Arthritis Ambassador. I am so passionate about the work I do as well as improving the patient experience that I am grateful of the platform this course will give me to do so.”

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