Kay, Dr Lesley

Dr Lesley KayConsultant Rheumatologist

  • Consultant Rheumatologist
  • Tel: 0191 213 7967
  • GMC Code: 3460210
  • Qualifications: MA (Oxon), MSc (Pub Health), MSc Leadership (QI), BMBCh, FRCP
  • Special Interests
    Dr Kay’s practice includes Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Arthritis related to inflammatory bowel disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Biography

    I qualified in medicine from Oxford University in 1990. I came to Newcastle in 1991 and have trained in medicine and rheumatology in the North East, with public health training in Newcastle and Cambridge. I have been a consultant rheumatologist at the Freeman since 2000, and have been Head of Service for Rheumatology (2006-2013) and Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal Services (2007-2012). I am one of the Clinical Directors for Patient Safety and Quality.

    My research interests are in education, use of biologic drugs, quality improvement and patient safety. I am on the Steering Group for the British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register for Ankylosing Spondylitis (2012) and was previously in a similar position for the BSR Biologics Register for Rheumatoid Arthritis (2000-2006). I am a member of the British Society for Rheumatology’s Clinical Affairs Committee, Arthritis Research UK’s Clinical Studies Group for Spondyloarthritis, and a Medical Advisor to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, who gave me a “HealthCare Champion” award.  I am National Clinical Lead for Rheumatology for the ‘Getting It Right First Time’ Programme for NHS Improvement.

    I run the regional specialist clinic for resistant Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis with Dr Ben Thompson and the nurse specialist Michelle Rutherford, and hold occasional combined clinics with Professor Nick Reynolds (Dermatology) and Dr John Mansfield (Gastroenterology).

  • Directorate
    Musculoskeletal Services
  • Hospital Base
    Freeman Hospital
  • Clinics Provided

    Monday afternoon - Resistant Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis Specialist Clinic with Dr Ben Thompson

    Thursday morning – Rheumatology follow up clinic

    Thursday afternoon – Rheumatology new patient clinic

    Friday morning – Rheumatology follow up clinic

  • Name of Secretary
    Tracey Hoye
  • Lesley Kay 
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