Haywood Rheumatism Research
Development Foundation
Haywood Hospital
High Lane
Stoke on Trent

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What your money has helped to achieve

This section looks at some great initiatives, projects and equipment that the Haywood Foundation has funded to benefit people with arthritis and related conditions.

PIER centre

Our volunteers work in the PIER (patient information and educational resource) which is located in the foyer of the Haywood Hospital. The PIER is easily accessible and provides a wealth of information for all service users.


 The PIER is staffed by volunteers and provides patients, their families and carers with access to information on arthritis and related conditions. The centre also provides information on national and community support groups and sources of advice.

Free to Use

The PIER facilities are free to use and are available to all visitors, patients, and staff at the Haywood Hospital.


Other areas of assistance include signposting to a range of mental health support facilities and a wide range of self-management and wellbeing information that is regularly updated.

Opening Times

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the PIER is not currently open, but we are looking at new ways of bringing the PIER experience to you… Watch this space for more updates...”


Online Access

There is also an internet facility within the centre.

Visitors have access to a range of printed and online material in modern comfortable surroundings.

Wheelchair Access

The PIER centre is open to all. We have height adjustable desks which allow wheelchair users to access computers.

Would you like to volunteer in the PIER?

  • Meet with users of the service and provide a friendly welcome, a listening ear and support to patients, carers and relatives

  • Help patients and visitors access the information they require by directing them to the appropriate resource

  • Encourage and assist patients, carers and relatives to access online information

  • Help keep information display areas stocked and tidy

DXA scanner

In 1997 the Haywood Foundation made a donation to the hospital, to fund a DXA scanner at a cost of £89,500. The scanner is used to measure bone density and diagnose osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones are weaker and may be more likely to break after a trip or fall.

This purchase was very important to the patients of North Staffordshire. Before the installation of the scanner, patients had to travel to Oswestry or Cannock for a scan.

The purchase has sowed the seeds for development of a specialist osteoporosis interest at the hospital. Now, the Haywood is home to the specialist Haywood Metabolic Bone Centre, which includes the osteoporosis and fracture Liaison Service (fracture prevention).

The service now:

2 DXA scanners, scanning over 5000 patients a year

14 members of staff

An international Gold Award for Best Practice

Working partnership with Keele’s Osteoporosis Research Group

Completed research

The Foundation funds locally based research projects related to arthritis and related conditions.
Examples of completed funded projects below:

Epigenetic factors in rheumatoid arthritis

A previously funded study focused on the role of epigenetic factors (factors which cause changes to the DNA/genes) in the development of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). For the first time, they discovered previously unknown disease-specific changes to the DNA in T-cells and B-cells from patients with RA. Identification of these new targets contributed to a better understanding of the factors involved in joint inflammation and damage, and will be important for the development of new therapies.


The INCLUDE study led by Professor Samantha Hider, was focused on whether it was possible to undertake a nurse led review in primary care for people with one of five common inflammatory conditions (including rheumatoid arthritis, PMR, GCA, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis) that would look for and help people manage common conditions that occur with arthritis such as heart disease, anxiety and depression and osteoporosis. The study showed that other conditions were common. Patients found the review to be acceptable and helpful and people having a review were more likely to be receiving treatment for these other conditions at follow up. This initial funding has enabled further research funding from the West Midlands Clinical Research Network.

Ongoing Research

The Foundation funds locally based research projects related to arthritis and related conditions.
Examples of ongoing funded projects below:

Improving communication of risk and benefits of osteoporosis medicines (iFraP)

This study, led by Dr Zoe Paskins, aims to develop and test a new computer tool for clinicians to use in consultations, to support conversations about osteoporosis medicines. This tool will include pictures to better describe a patient’s personal fracture risk, how this risk would improve with treatment, and explain the possible harms of treatment. The tool will be tested in a trial to see if it is acceptable and practical to deliver. The initial funding from the Foundation, enabled this study to gain further grants from the Royal Osteoporosis Society and the National Institute for Health Research.

The Impact of COVID 19 on people with arthritis

The foundation has funded two linked studies to examine the impact of COVID 19 on people with inflammatory arthritis such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. First, Professor Sarah Ryan is leading an interview study to explore how the pandemic has affected the lives of people living with RA. Second, the Foundation has funded a survey of people with inflammatory conditions, led by Professor Samantha Hider to explore the impact of the pandemic on people’s health, wellbeing and how they manage their arthritis.

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