Jenny Elkins

Jenny Elkins



Introduction to Jenny:

I have worked as a physiotherapist within the NHS and have been a FCP since 2018, and also provide secondary care clinics for patients with Axial SpA as part of my Clinical Specialist MSK Physiotherapist role. I have also been involved in the Abergavenny NASS group for many years which has re-started post-Covid. These varied experiences have provided different insights into the challenges of Axial SpA recognition, diagnosis and management and also the lived experience from newly diagnosed to well established disease.

Why Jenny wants to be a NASS champion:

I have heard many patient stories of years of frustration to receiving a diagnosis (of axial SpA, Ankylosing Spondylitis or AS) and the impact on their life, and also more positive stories of early recognition, referral and diagnosis. From working as a FCP I also further understand the challenges in primary care, so this programme provided an ideal opportunity to try an influence recognition and the patient pathway.


What Jenny hopes to achieve from the programme:

“Through this programme I hope I can increase awareness of this condition in primary care and enable easier recognition and appropriate referral to secondary care services, ultimately contributing to a reduction in delay to diagnosis.” 

Symptoms starting slowly

Pain in the lower back

Improves with movement

Night time waking

Early onset (under 40)