Why Toby wants to be a NASS champion:
My first real experience of Axial SpA (including Ankylosing Spondylitis) was whilst working on a regional rheumatology in-patient unit as an SHO in rheumatology almost 20 years ago. My interest in this condition was developed at this time as treatment options were limited and patients suffered significant morbidity. Over the years I have seen the impact of delay and misdiagnosis on many patients in both primary and secondary care and feel by being part of this programme I can really improve the lives of both patients and their families in our local community. I am also keen to share ideas and network with like-minded clinicians about improving the outcomes for patients with Axial SpA.
What Toby hopes to achieve from the programme:
“I aim to engage, educate and empower our local primary care teams and their patient populations in earlier identification of Axial SpA and appropriate and timely onward referral to secondary care services. I would also like to improve engagement with secondary care providers and streamlining of the referral pathways for Axial SpA patients.”