Dr Ben Parker

Dr Ben Parker

Consultant Rheumatologist
MBChB (Honours), PhD, MRCP

Practising at

Spire Manchester Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Ben Parker at Spire include:


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Professional profile

I am a Consultant Rheumatologist at The Kellgren Centre for Rheumatology, Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI), where I specialise in the management of complex connective tissue diseases, specifically systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and vasculitis, and provide a regional, tertiary rheumatology service for the North West. I also act as Principal Investigator on several early phase clinical trials in Lupus, based at the Kellgren Centre for Rheumatology, and have been a member of British Isles Lupus Assessment Group (BILAG) since 2014.

I provide a full, general rheumatology service and manage the full spectrum of rheumatological disorders including early inflammatory arthritis, long-term management of the inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis), and non-inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. I also provide a transition service for young adults transferring to the adult rheumatology service from Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, and manage the award-winning biologics service at MRI.

After securing an Arthritis Research UK Clinical Research Fellowship in 2008 to investigate cardiovascular outcomes in SLE, I was awarded a PhD by the University of Manchester in 2012. I remain actively involved in clinical research, overseeing several projects in the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre that investigate treatment, co-morbidity and outcomes in SLE. I have authored many original research articles, review articles and several book chapters and presented at national and international rheumatology conferences. I am on the abstract selection committee for the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) and act as reviewer for several international journals. I was appointed Medical Director at the (adult) NHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility in April 2017.

I have been a member of the BSR Clinical Affairs Committee since 2015 and have acted on their behalf as a clinical expert for several NICE technology appraisals and clinical guidelines. I am also co-author of regional biologic prescribing pathways for RA, AS and PsA.

Clinical Interests

Connective tissue disease
Rheumatoid arthritis

Clinical Interests: systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis.

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Qualification and professional memberships

MBChB (Honours) / University of Liverpool / 2000
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MRCP / Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) / 2005
Membership of Royal College of Physicians

PhD / University of Manchester / 2012
Doctor of Philosophy

CCT (Rheumatology) / GMC / 2013
Certificate of Completion of Training in Rheumatology

Professional memberships

British Society for Rheumatology
Royal College of Physicians

Professional leadership

Medical Director, NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility (Adults) at Central Manchester University Hospitals
Member, British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) Clinical Affairs Committee
BSR Clinical Expert, NICE Technology Appraisal 375 and 415
Member, NICE Clinical Guideline 79 (update) Committee for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Deputy Director and Research Lead, MSc in Clinical Rheumatology, University of Manchester
Lead, Academic Foundation Training at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Current NHS posts

Consultant, Kellgren Centre for Rheumatology, Manchester Royal Infirmary

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

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Personal Profile

I have a busy family life and in my spare time enjoy the outdoors and am a keen skier.

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Private contact details

Private secretary Ms Karen Winterburn
Private secretary telephone 0161 276 7936
Private secretary fax 0161 276 8690
Private secretary email