Foster, Dr Helen E

Professor Helen E FosterConsultant Paediatric Rheumatologist

  • Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist
  • Tel: 0191 282 5318
  • GMC Code: 3066355
  • Qualifications: MB BS MD DCH FRCPCH FRCP Cert Clin ED
  • Special Interests

    Helen's work is in the specialised area of Paediatric/Adolescent Rheumatology, and education of healthcare professionals to improve access to specialist care. 

  • Biography

    Professor Helen Foster is Honorary Consultant at Newcastle NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust. Her clinical interests include transitional care for young people to adult rheumatology, and she set up the adult continuity clinic for young people with Juvenile Arthritis at Freeman Hospital.

    Her current role focuses on adolescent rheumatology at Great North Children's Hospital and shared care with Dr Martin Lee for young adults (up to the age of 25 years) at the Freeman Hospital. 

    She is based at Newcastle University and leads the academic programme with research focusing on improving access to specialist care and developing evidence-based educational tools to facilitate earlier diagnosis of children's arthritis. There are numerous research collaborations with the university and at a national and international level, including clinical trials, cohort studies, Registries and access to care. 

    Her national roles include national representative for NHS England Specialist Commissioning, RCPCH Quality Advisor for paediatric rheumatology training, and is a founding member of the Clinical Studies Group to inform strategy and set priorities for clinical research and trials. 

  • Directorate

    Children's Services

  • Hospital Base

    Great North Children's Hospital

  • Name of Secretary
    Terry Bell
  • Dr Helen Foster 
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