Dr Selwyn Richards, FRCP, (GMC No 3559820) qualified in medicine at Oxford. He went on to complete his specialist training at Kings College Hospital, London. He gained the Diploma in Sports Medicine (RCS Edinburgh, 1997), was awarded a three year NHS Research Training Fellowship and received a distinction for his MSc in Rheumatology (University of London, 2001). He was appointed as a Consultant Rheumatologist for Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2001.
Dr Richards provides care and advice for individuals with all sorts of musculoskeletal, arthritis, pain and orthopaedic problems and has special interests in:
Back pain and spinal problems, Clinical Lead the Poole acute back pain service
Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, Clinical Lead for Dorset CFS/ME service
Sport and Exercise Medicine and sports injuries (UK Diploma in Sport and exercise medicine)
Arthritis (Clinical Lead of Rheumatology Poole hospital 2007-2013)
He leads the Poole Acute Back Pain Service, is lead clinician for CFS/ME services for Dorset and Clinical Champion for CFS/ME for Hampshire, Dorset and IoW. He is actively involved in running clinical research including his own investigator initiated studies. He has been the Chief Investigator in the UK for some multinational clinical trials and the Principle Investigator at Poole for studies, especially in fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. He is frequently asked to lecture both at local and national meetings.
The Rheumatology Department in Poole has won several national awards including:
Wyeth "Freedom to Move On" award (2004)
RCN/Pfizer rheumatology education award (2004)
Arthritis Research Campaign Silver Medal for Physiotherapy (2005) to Jane Haynes for Ankylosing Spondylitis Service
BSR "Innovation in Clinical Practice" (2005) to Patricia Cornell, senior rheumatology practitioner, Ankylosing Spondylitis Service
Arthritis Research Campaign Silver Medal for Physiotherapy (2006) to Jane Haynes for Ankylosing Spondylitis Service
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society award (2007) for communication with patients and health professionals
Dr Selwyn Richards is a keen sportsman, currently competing in marathon and wild water kayak races. He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and gardening.