Senior Clinical Lecturer
Rosemary is a newly appointed Senior Clinical Lecturer and Rheumatologist at the University of Aberdeen. After obtaining a BsC in Biomedical Sciences, with 1st class honours in Pharmacology in 1999 from the University of Aberdeen, Rosemary studied medicine at the University of Glasgow. She completed her specialist training in Rheumatology in 2017. Rosemary holds a Honorary Consultant Rheumatology post within NHS Grampian where she plays a key role in service development, including improving access to fracture prevention services to rural communities.
Rosemary is developing a new programme of health services research in rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions. This includes common, complex pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, rare rheumatic disease and osteoporosis. This interdisciplinary programme brings together clinicians, researchers, decision makers and patients, and combines a number of different approaches; discovery science, routine health care data and health informatics, epidemiology, and qualitative methods, with an emphasis on patient-centred involvement and co-design. Our approach aims to development person-centred, effective and sustainable improvements in health and well-being for those living with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. Rosemary has a particular interest in geographical inequalities in prevalence, outcomes and access to care.
Rosemary is currently working on a Versus Arthritis funded programme grant to redesign services for those with fibromyalgia. Another Versus Arthritis funded study seeks to evaluate models of care for those with rare rheumatic disease (using systemic vasculitis as an exemplar). These studies combine a range of qualitative methods (semi-structured interviews and novel ethnographic approaches), with data linkage methodologies and health economics to co-design with patients effective and equitable models of care and support. Rosemary is also working with collegaues in the NHS and Robert Gordon's University to assess the implementation of a specialist rheumatology physiotherapist at the interface between primary and secondary care to support assessment and management of patients with non-inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions. We are also working on a feasibility study to develop an early knee osteoarthritis cohort.
MRC/Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work
- Integrated Models of Physiotherapy-led care Across Community and Specialist Rheumatology Services (IMPACt), Chief Investigator, NHS Grampian Endowment Fund, £23, 692, April 2018 - Dec 2019
- Patient-centred Care for Fibromyalgia: New pathway Design (PACFIND), Versus Arthritis, £1.18 million, Deputy CI and Co-applicant, Feb 2019 - Jan 2024
- Feasibility of Recruiting an Early Scottish Knee osteoarthritis cOhort (FRESKO), Chief Scientist Office Scotland, £32,132, Co-applicant, June 2019 - Dec 2019
- Feasibility of Recruiting an Early Scottish Knee Osteoarthritis cohort (FRESKO), ISSF, £19,199, Co-applicant, June 2019 - Dec 2019
- Effective healthcare delivery in rare rheumatic disease: evaluating models of care for systemic vasculitis, Versus Arthritis, £309,166, Chief Investigator, Sep 2019 - Aug 2021
Rosemary teaches both undergraduate and post graduate medical students at the University of Aberdeen.
She contributes to the PU5030 Epidemiology Course, part of the Masters of Public Health and Global Health and Management.