NRAS Champions' Awards 2022

Do you know someone who is truly amazing in supporting those living with RA or JIA? A healthcare professional who offers care and support above and beyond what is expected? An NRAS Volunteer who despite their own inflammatory arthritis goes the extra mile to help others? A fundraiser extraordinaire? Anyone who you feel has contributed to improving the lives of those living with RA/JIA, could be the winner of an NRAS Champion Award. Let’s celebrate our unsung heroes.

We need your help to find those NRAS Heroes!

Many people across the UK with RA and JIA are receiving excellent care and support in coping with their disease. The excellent care and support received could be due to rheumatology health professionals or from their peers also living with RA or JIA, from the services NRAS can offer due to funds raised by others.

Later this year, NRAS will be holding its 21st Anniversary Gala and Award Ceremony to celebrate the excellent work and support provided by healthcare professionals, people just like you living with inflammatory arthritis as well as others who show they care by doing amazing feats of endurance or skill to raise vital funds for the charity.


How to nominate an NRAS Champion within the Healthcare Professional Champion(s) category

You can nominate an individual or a rheumatology team that you believe really deserves their dedication and hard work to be acknowledged. Any of the following can be nominated:

  • Consultant Rheumatologist
  • Paediatric or Rheumatology specialist nurse
  • Paediatric Rheumatologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • GP or GP Surgery or Practice nurse
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Pharmacist
  • Whole rheumatology team
  • Podiatrist
  • Whole paediatric team
  • Occupational therapist
  • GP with a special interest in rheumatology
  • Health Psychologist

How to nominate an NRAS Champion within the individual category

Any of the following can be nominated, people who have made a difference through their volunteering or fundraising activities.

  • NRAS group leader
  • NRAS Volunteer Ambassador
  • Here For You telephone support Volunteer
  • Parent of a child with JIA who has supported you and your child through diagnoses and beyond
  • An individual who has supported NRAS by raising funds by exceptional means
  • An individual who as worked hard to raise awareness of inflammatory arthritis

The closing date for nominations is Monday 31st May 2022 23:59. From your nominations, the judging panel, will identify the winners who will be invited to a prestigious Gala Dinner in Windsor to receive their award.

Meet the judges

Clare Jacklin

Clare Jacklin, NRAS CEO. Clare has worked for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society since 2007 and in June 2019 took over as CEO from NRAS founder, Ailsa Bosworth, MBE. She is committed to developing services to ensure that the support people with RA or JIA require continues to be provided and that the patient voice of people living with these conditions is heard loud and clear.

Ailsa Bosworth, MBE

Ailsa Bosworth MBE Founded NRAS in 2021 and stepped down as CEO in 2019 to take on a new role as NRAS National Patient Champion. Ailsa has lived with sero-negative polyarthritis for over 40 years.

Dr. Daniel Murphy

Dr Daniel Murphy, GP & Associate Specialist Rheumatologist, Honiton Surgery & Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. A valued member of the NRAS Professional Advisory Board.

Dr. Lorraine Croot

Dr Lorraine Croot, Consultant Rheumatologist and Clinical Lead, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. A valued member of the NRAS Professional Advisory Board.

Lindsey Cook

Lindsey Cook, NRAS Trustee. Lindsey has over 20 years’ experience working alongside executive level authorities in the Life sciences, charities and the NHS sectors. She is an accomplished project manager, having led several high profile, award-winning national healthcare projects, and has also contributed to the development of national policy.

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie is a life time Member of NRAS and has supported the charity as a volunteer for many years.

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