Paul Wheelan

Paul Wheelan

Introduction to Paul:

Paul has worked in Rotherham since 2010 in a variety of roles progressing to the current roles of FCP and OPP at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. Paul is originally from Hertfordshire but moved to South Yorkshire / North Nottinghamshire following university. Paul is currently completing an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP), as part of his personal development.

Outside of work Paul enjoys most things outdoors and is currently most into biking and golfing.

Why Paul wants to be a NASS champion:

Paul has previously worked with the local NASS groups and undertook extra training on how best to manage those with Axial SpA (including Ankylosing Spondylitis) following the interest that developed from working with the local NASS branch patients. He was always shocked at the time to diagnosis and some of the potential issues this caused for those people he met through NASS.

What Paul hopes to achieve from the programme:

“I’d love to be the local clinical expert who people looked to for help in managing patients with potential Axial SpA. I want to be able to implement local training to improve knowledge on the condition and its identification. I’m hoping to achieve systemic changes in how we use the IT systems locally to help in early potential identification of Axial SpA.”

Symptoms starting slowly

Pain in the lower back

Improves with movement

Night time waking

Early onset (under 40)