Karen Morley-Williams

Karen Morley-Williams


Introduction to Karen:

With 26 years of experience as a qualified Physiotherapist, I have worked in most areas of musculoskeletal care. For the last 12 years, I have been working as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner specialising in diagnostic spinal triage within the newly titled North Integrated Musculoskeletal Service (NIMS). My interest in Axial Spondyloarthropathy dates back to my University days having formed the basis of my undergraduate research project. It remains prominent in my spinal triage role in the recognition and investigation of inflammatory spinal pain.

Previously specialising in rheumatology, I have continued to work developing an extended clinical role with the Rheumatology Consultants at the Haywood Rheumatology Service in the weekly Axial Spondyloarthritis clinic.

Why Karen wants to be a NASS champion:

It saddens me to hear the difficulties patients have endured and I have seen first hand, the significant impact that the delay to diagnosis can have on their quality of life. Knowing that there are treatments available, which can provide life-changing benefits, is a clear motivation for my wanting to be involved in this project working with NASS. I have been looking for such an opportunity to get involved in a project, which lends itself to an area in which I feel passionate and in which I have developed a level of expertise.


What Karen hopes to achieve from the programme:

“I look forward to working together with the NASS Champions in engaging and working more closely with primary care colleagues: raising the profile of Axial Spondyloarthritis (including Ankylosing Spondylitis / AS), improving early recognition of the symptoms and pathway implementation to improve the patient’s journey and access to care.”

Symptoms starting slowly

Pain in the lower back

Improves with movement

Night time waking

Early onset (under 40)