Centre of Excellence status is awarded to hospital and university departments which demonstrate excellence in both the treatment of Paget’s disease and research into the condition. There are currently 12 Centre’s of Excellence across England.
The Midlands Metabolic Bone Centre was selected as a Centre of Excellence following work undertaken by the Midlands Metabolic Bone team, led by Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at MPFT and Reader in Rheumatology at Keele University, Dr Zoe Paskins. Zoe and her team evidenced the work being undertaken to maintain and enhance quality care for people with Paget’s, to educate patients, health professionals and undergraduates on bone diseases such as Paget’s and to lead and participate in research studies.
Zoe said: “It’s an honour to receive a Paget’s Association Centre of Excellence Award, which we received during the Association’s 50th anniversary, in recognition of the centre’s dedication to the treatment and education of patients with Paget’s Disease and research of bone disease. The award recognises the continued hard work of the brilliant bone team and our aims for the future of the service.”
The strong partnership between MPFT and Keele University has contributed to improving health and care services, including the joint work of MPFT's rheumatology clinicians and Keele University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to improve the understanding and management of common musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain.
In recognition of the depth of the organisations research and educational partnerships, MPFT was granted University Hospital status by Keele University in April, following a rigorous application process, in line with criteria set out by the University Hospital Association.