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Meet the Team

We have a team of 9 Consultants, 7 Specialist Nurses, 2 Specialist Registrars and 1 lecturer, 2 SHO’s,and Physiotherapists and Occupational therapists together with a dedicated and experienced team of nursing staff, secretaries, clerical and admin staff managed through the Directorate of Specialised Medicine.


Dr Mohammed Akil
Qualified in 1986 and appointed 1996. Did rheumatology training in Sheffield and Leicester. Clinics Tue all day, Wed am, Thurs am at RHH, plus 3 monthly combined renal clinics at NGH Mon am. Special interests: Connective Tissue Diseases. Member of BILAG, UK Scleroderma and Sjogren’s study groups. PACES examiner for the RCP.

Dr Lisa Dunkley
Qualified from Manchester in 1996 and appointed here in 2008 having trained in London and Leeds. Clinics: Tues pm RHH (teaching clinic – UG students present); Thurs am RHH from 10am; Fri pm RHH
Special interests: Medical Education – particularly undergraduate; Fellow Higher Education Academy [FHEA]; Postgraduate Cert Med Ed (Dundee) [PGCMedEd]. Looking to develop the seronegative service here.
Local committees: Musculoskeletal Education, Phase IB curriculum committee.

Dr Rachael Kilding

Dr Rachel Tattersall
Qualified in 1995 and appointed 2008. Did rheumatology training in Sheffield and Nottingham. Clinics Mon, Wed, Thurs am at RHH plus monthly Weds pm clinic at Sheffield Childrens Hospital and quarterly transitional clinic also at SCH. Subspeciality interest paediatric and adolescent rheumatology - provide young adult service for 16-25 yr olds at RHH. Planning to expand to NGH in 2011. Research - completing phd in qualitative medical sociology
Commitee responsibility - RCP transition committee member.

Dr Simon Till
Qualified from Sheffield in 1989. Trained in Sheffield, Chesterfield, Nottingham and Leicester and appointed as a consultant rheumatologist with a special interest in sports and exercise medicine (SEM) in 1999.
I have worked as a sports physician at several multisport games including supporting our Olympic team in 2004, Commonwealth team in 2006 and was Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for British University Sport from 2000 to 2003. I have worked with several professional sports including most recently the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and have been an English Institute of Sport (EIS) medical officer since it was formed in 2002. I have also contributed to the wider development of SEM through my work with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) and the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM).

Specialist nurses

Nilkki Newell
Debbie Fellows
Emma Blanksby – anti TNF specialist nurse
Pauline Mark – anti TNF specialist nurse
Liz Byrne – anti TNF specialist nurse
Cathy Woods - daycases
Jayne McDermott – SLE specialist nurse

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