UKIVAS (UK and Ireland Vasculitis Rare Disease Group) held a Vasculitis Educational Course in Manchester on 20th/21st November 2023.
The course was attended by around 70 attendees including junior doctors, registrars and specialist nurses. All thanks to Dr Nina Brown and her team in organising the delivery of this highly regarded annual event which included expert presentations and intensive interactive sessions.
Zoi Anastasa from Vasculitis UK gave an excellent presentation discussing “The Patient’s Perspective on Medical Research”. Charlotte Smith from Vasculitis UK gave an excellent presentation discussing “The Unmet Need for Patients Diagnosed with Vasculitis”.
Charlotte and Susan Mills, also from Vasculitis UK, were part of a panel along with a specialist nurse practitioner Georgina Ducker (Norfolk & Norwich) answering questions and giving our personal experience/opinion on the subject of “ Difficult to Manage Symptoms”: this included fatigue and mental health.
Tributes were also made to John Mills MBE for being a huge voice for Vasculitis patients for the past 15 years.
The next UKIVAS Vasculitis Educational Course is already in the planning for Autumn 2024.