Local Healthcare Hero Nominated for Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Phillip Helliwell, Rheumatology Consultant at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a Senior Lecturer in Immunology, has been nominated for the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Healthcare award in the 2024 ‘Our Health Heroes’ awards. Professor Helliwell has dedicated his career to advancing research and patient care in the field of psoriatic arthritis.

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Over several decades, Prof Helliwell has made groundbreaking contributions that have transformed our understanding and treatment of this challenging autoimmune condition. Through his visionary leadership, he pioneered studies redefining clinical concepts of the disease, leading to improved diagnosis and management globally.

As Chief Investigator of the influential Classification of Psoriatic Arthritis (CASPAR) study, Prof Helliwell spearheaded the development of widely adopted classification criteria for psoriatic arthritis. His work creating validated disease activity measures and screening tools also continue to impact patient outcomes today.

An inspiring educator and selfless volunteer, Prof Helliwell exemplifies commitment to his field and community. He has shaped international treatment guidelines and advanced genetic research through the Psoriatic Arthritis Genetics in Europe (PAGE) consortium he co-founded. Groundbreaking clinical trials led by Prof Helliwell, as part of the Bradford Institute for Health Research, have also provided crucial insights to inform treatment strategies.

The Trust’s Chief Medical Officer, Ray Smith: “‘I am delighted to hear of Philip’s nomination for this prestigious award. He has been, and remains, a dedicated and outstanding researcher, teacher and clinician for many years.

“He is valued by colleagues and patients alike and is thoroughly deserving of this recognition.”

Prof Helliwell’s enduring legacy secures his reputation as a respected authority in rheumatology and immunology. His transformative impact has brought hope to countless patients worldwide. Professor Helliwell embodies the spirit of outstanding lifetime contribution through his visionary leadership and tireless devotion to improving understandings and outcomes for those with psoriatic arthritis.


Voting for the 2024 Our Health Hereos Awards opens from Tuesday 20th February and closes midnight on 11th March 2024. Please vote for Prof Helliwell here: https://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/awards/vote-outstanding/

About Skills for Health Our Health Heroes Awards

Skills for Health have been championing the voices of the UK healthcare workforce since 2002. As the Sector Skills Council for Health, we have collaborated with thousands of NHS and healthcare providers to develop solutions that improve skills, jobs, and roles to achieve better patient outcomes.
Our Health Heroes was created to champion real people, who are at the heart of our healthcare system. Now more than ever we need to celebrate and say ‘thank you’ to the thousands of unsung heroes up and down the country.

Now in its eighth year, we can’t wait to welcome some of the incredible shining stars of the health and care sectors to a glittering awards ceremony at the QEII Centre in London as we reveal the winners of the Our Health Heroes Awards 2024.

Our Health Heroes Awards 2024 is supported by NHS England, NHS Employers, NHS Shared Business Services, NHS Race & Health Observatory and more. www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/awards