Rheumatology Information for Newly Diagnosed Patients

Rheumatology Signposting and Information Event

Rheumatology Signposting and Information Events.

If you have recently been diagnosed with a rheumatology condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or a connective tissue disease, you will be invited to join us for a Rheumatology Signposting and Information Event.

What is this? 

This event is open to everyone who has recently been diagnosed with an inflammatory arthritis or connective tissue disease. This introductory event will cover some of the essential information about your condition and what will help with living with this. The event will run alongside your other treatment and appointments with the rheumatology team.

This introductory event will give you an opportunity to: 

  • Hear from different specialities within the rheumatology team, including: a Consultant Rheumatologist; Physiotherapy; Occupational Therapy; Specialist Nurses; Pharmacy; Psychology and Orthotics.
  • Find out what different resources, courses and support are available to you;
  • Be part of an informal and interactive session with time to ask any questions that you have;
  • Hear from a volunteer who will talk about their experience of living with an inflammatory arthritis and what they have found helped with this;
  • Find out further information about your rheumatology condition;
  • Find out about ideas and strategies that can help with managing and living with an inflammatory arthritis;
  • Be signposted to online information and resources relating to inflammatory arthritis. 

When and Where? 

We recommend that you select a date as near to finding out about this event as possible.

Currently, all events are being held virtually, on Zoom. Most talks will be with members of our team and some may include pre-recorded talks. There is time for discussion and questions with the rheumatology team members leading the workshop. 

To Book: Please select the date that you are able to attend and book by emailing us at:  


We will then send you details via email of how to join. If you don't receive a reply within a few days, please check your junk mail box. If you have any questions about this event please email us at the above email address.

If you are not able to email, please leave a message on the Rheumatology Advice Line. Please include your name, your date of birth, and the date you would like to book onto.

Rheumatology Advice line number: 0117 414 0600

Upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday 9 February 2022 5.30pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday 30 March 2022 9.30am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday 25 May 2022 5.30pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday 13 July 2022 9.30am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday 21 September 2022 5.30pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday 23 NOvember 9.30am to 12 noon

You are welcome to attend alone or join the session with a family member or friend.

Videos to Introduce you to the Rheumatology Team

We have put together a series of short videos. These will introduce you to the different specialities within our rheumatology team. These will help you to know what is available and where to go to for support with your rheumatology condition, if and when you need this.

These will also introduce you to some of the key management strategies that can be helpful with learning to live with and manage a rheumatology condition.

We encourage you to be a partner in your healthcare. One way you can be more involved in your care is by asking key questions when you are in hospital. To help empower you to take a more active role in decisions around your care we promote an initiative called Ask 3 Questions to help you think about some of the areas you might want to focus on during conversations with doctors, nurses and therapists.

1. Preparing for your Rheumatology Appointment: Meet Dr Nicky Minaur, one of our Rheumatology Consultants who talks about what could help with preparing for your appointment. This includes some essential information about Lifestyle Factors, that will help with wellbeing.

2. Disease Modifying Medication: Meet our Consultant Pharmacist, who talks through some of the essential information about the more commonly used medications in rheumatology.

3. Emotional Wellbeing: Our Clinical Psychologist introduces some ideas that can help with looking after your emotional and physical wellbeing.

4. Rheumatology Advice Line: Meet our team of  Specialist Nurses, and find out what you need to know about the Advice Line.

5. Patient Experience: Meet Liz who talks about her experience of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and what's she's learnt along the way that has helped with this.

6. The role of Physiotherapy in Inflammatory Arthritis: Meet our Physiotherapy team who introduce the role of physiotherapy in rheumatology. This includes some adaptations and simple exercises that can help support wellbeing.

What is self-management? Here is a video that the Rheumatology team in Fife put together, that helps explain what we mean by 'self-management'. This includes some useful ideas which can also help with general wellbeing.

Further information:

NRAS (National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society) New To Rheumatoid Arthritis leaflet: https://nras.org.uk/product/new2ra/

Rheumatology Information for Newly Diagnosed Patients