Recognising the Different Types of Arthritis: Cues and Red Flags

Apart from a few causes of acute arthritis, such as septic arthritis, most rheumatic diseases have the potential to become chronic and disabling. However there have been many advances in recent years in the treatment of arthritis so long as the condition is diagnosed early. Dr Spencer Ellis, Consultant Rheumatologist, has therefore designed this evening talk with an aim to enhance clinical diagnosis skills with ‘tricks of the trade’ to spot patients with various types of arthritis easily and identify those patients who should be referred for a specialist opinion. The use of appropriate imaging and an update on some of the new treatments available will also be discussed.

There are over 100 different types of arthritis and in this talk we will cover how to recognise and diagnose the main types and how to differentiate between them.

Conditions covered include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammatory arthritis including ankylosing spondylitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout and other Crystal Arthritis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
Dr Ellis will discuss rheumatological signs not to be missed that may present in your clinic. We will also look at management options and when you should refer onwards - and how to ensure your patient gets put on the best treatment path for their condition.


  • Early identification
  • Key points in history taking & clinical examination
  • Key features of each type of arthritis and differentials
  • The use of imaging and other investigations
  • Onward referral – when and which patients to refer


Spencer Ellis

Consultant Rheumatologist And General Physician | Hertfordshire

Dr Spencer Ellis has been a Consultant Rheumatologist and General Physician at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage since in July 2001 and at Pinehill Hospital, Hitchin since 2002.

His current practice includes General Rheumatology Clinics in addition to an Early Arthritis clinic and a specialist Multisystem Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease Clinic.

Dr Ellis manages his inflammatory arthritis patients according to NICE recommendations and all relevant patients have disease activity scores monitored to guide treatment escalation.

Dr Ellis trained at St. Georges Hospital, Tooting and qualified in 1991.  His specialty training took place in the North East Thames area between 1996 and 2001.  During that time he developed a particular interest in multi system rheumatic disorders, such as systemic lupus erythematosus and vasculitis.

He has experience in a wide range of rheumatic disease and general medical problems and remains involved in General Medicine on calls within the NHS.

Dr Ellis is involved closely in medical education at all levels and holds the position of Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in affiliation with the Royal Free/UCL Medical School and Senior Clinical Tutor for Cambridge University Medical School.  He is the Chair of the Training Programme Rheumatology in the East of England and an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians.

He has been Clinical Director for Rheumatology, Dermatology and Neurology at East & North Herts NHS Trust for the past 10 years, as well as an examiner and host for the Royal College of Physicians’ PACES exam.

Dr Ellis is married with 2 busy teenage children. He has an avid interest in contemporary and urban/street art. He is a regular theatre goer and likes to attend gigs in his spare time.

What's included

Admission to course, 2 hours CPD, speaker's handout, tea and coffee on arrival, light snacks during the interval and Certificate of Attendance.

Who should attend

Chiropractors,Osteopaths,Physiotherapists,Sports Therapists,Radiographers,Occupational Therapists,GP

Date and time

Wednesday 18th September

19:00 - 21:00


Spencer Ellis

Consultant Rheumatologist And General Physician


Theobalds Park Hotel

Lieutenant Ellis Way, Cheshunt, Herts



£ 39 + VAT


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