Dr Ben Parker
Consultant Rheumatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, University of Manchester
MBChB (with Honours) University of Liverpool, MRCP (Edinburgh), PhD University of Manchester
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic Vasculitis, Biological Therapies, Transition Services
After obtaining my MRCP I undertook specialist training in
rheumatology in Manchester. During my specialty training I secured
an Arthritis Research UK Clinical Research Fellowship to study
cardiovascular outcomes in SLE and was awarded my PhD by University
of Manchester in 2012.
My clinical interests focus on the management of complex
connective tissue diseases, and I support the Kellgren Centre
provide an NHS England commissioned regional lupus and vasculitis
service. I also provide a general rheumatology service
(including early arthritis clinics) and oversee the biologics
service within the Department. Alongside colleagues from RMCH
I provide transition clinics for young adults with rheumatic
disease as they transfer to adult services.
I am a member of British Isles Lupus Assessment Group (BILAG)
and an Associate Director at NIHR/Wellcome Trust Manchester
Clinical Research Facility. I have acted as a clinical expert
for British Society for Rheumatology at several NICE technology
appraisals (TA375, TA415) and am currently a committee member for
the update of the NICE Clinical Guideline (GC79) for rheumatoid
I am Lead for the Academic Foundation Programme at CMFT and AFP
lead at the Manchester ICAT.
I am an active researcher and affiliated to the Centre for
Musculoskeletal Research in the University of Manchester and the
NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit. I
have published many original research articles and review articles
and hold several active research grants.
My research focuses on treatment stratification and
outcomes in SLE, use of biologics in SLE/CTDs, co-morbidity in SLE.
I act as Principal Investigator in several early phase
clinical trials in Lupus based at the Kellgren Centre for
I am also involved in several service improvement and
implementation projects, with a particular focus on biologics
prescribing. I am co-author of two regional biologics
prescribing pathways and in 2016 was awarded a British Society for
Rheumatology Outstanding Best Practice Award for our innovative
Virtual Biologics Clinic.
PA Karen Winterburn
Tel 0161 276 7936
Kellgren Centre for Rheumatology - 0161 276 4357