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An inspirational figure who works hard for patients

Roger Stevens praises rheumatology service manager Colin Beevor’s commitment to empowering patients

Roger Stevens praises rheumatology service manager Colin Beevor’s commitment to empowering patients

Colin Beevor is an inspiration to patients and staff. He is a strong leader with boundless energy, determination, drive, ideas and enthusiasm.


Colin Beevor’s work empowers patients. Picture: Solent News & Photo Agency

Matron and rheumatology service manager at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Colin works incredibly long hours, and it is not unusual to receive emails from him at 6am, in the evenings or at weekends.
 
He spends many hours of his free time helping rheumatology patient support groups, putting on special education evenings and fundraising.
 
The groups owe Colin so much for his assistance and encouragement, helping with activities, updating our branch leaflets and helping us book facilities for meetings.
 
With his help the Portsmouth branch of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society has more than doubled its membership in 4 years.

Spreading the word

His patient and public involvement initiatives have been magnificent, with some events attended by more than 500 people. He has taken these events not just to Portsmouth but also to smaller areas such as Petersfield and Gosport.
 
The flow of information from him relating to local health developments has enabled self-help groups to engage with clinical commissioning groups, with notable success.
 
His commitment to empowering patients has also benefited the rheumatology department. Many volunteers help out when needed, whether it is stuffing envelopes, manning stalls, putting briefing packs together or undertaking patient surveys. Colin is also revitalising the local Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance network.

Support groups

Thanks to his encouragement, patients with long-term conditions have joined local management groups that support those with conditions such as osteoporosis, ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis. He also helped to set up the hugely successful ‘10 out of 10’ initiative for people with rheumatoid arthritis, which allows patients to try a different method of exercise such as t’ai chi or pilates each week for 10 weeks.
 
Quite simply I have never met anyone like him. 

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