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Professor Elaine Hay

Professor Elaine Hay is Professor of Community Rheumatology and the Director, Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University.

Elaine obtained a degree in medicine from University of Sheffield. She undertook her postgraduate training in the Manchester region and, whilst an Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC) Research Fellow at the ARC Epidemiology Unit Manchester, completed her MD in 1992. She joined the Haywood Rheumatology Centre, Stoke on Trent and Keele University as a Senior Lecturer / Honorary Consultant in 1994 and was awarded a personal Chair in 2003.

Her research focuses on investigating the efficacy and clinical effectiveness of non-pharmacological treatments for musculoskeletal pain and arthritis presenting in primary care. The research has contributed to national policies and international guidelines, and has influenced service redesign.

Elaine's leadership roles include board membership of the NIHR School for Primary Care, UoA2 panel membership REF 2014, and Chair of Arthritis Research UK's Pain Clinical Studies Group. In recognition of her contribution to primary care research, she was awarded Distinguished Membership of the British Society for Rheumatology in 2016 and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of General Practice in 2017. Elaine is a NIHR Senior Investigator and was Programme Director of NIHR's Programme Grants for Applied Research between 2018 and 2023.