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Consultant Rheumatologist

Liz Murphy

NHS Lanarkshire

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University Education.

University of Glasgow 1978-85.

BSc (Honours) in Immunology 1982

MBChB 1985

Graduated with distinction: MSc in Clinical leadership, December 2010.

Postgraduate Training

House officer posts at Victoria Infirmary and the Western Infirmary, Glasgow then medical rotation at Western Infirmary before training in Rheumatology.  Appointed Davidson lecturer in Medicine and Rheumatology 1992.


Professional Duties

Currently Consultant Rheumatologist in Lanarkshire.  Liz was appointed in 1994 as Consultant Rheumatologist at Law Hospital to a newly established post and since then the service has developed so that Lanarkshire now has a comprehensive area-wide service with additional subspecialty provision.   The team contributes to multicentre clinical trials and national audit and the unit is in high demand as a placement for rheumatology trainees.

Professional Interests

·         Liz has a particular interest in paediatric and adolescent Rheumatology and undertook a sabbatical as Visiting Specialist at the BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver Canada, October – December 2001. She is actively involved in the Scottish Paediatric Rheumatology Clinical Network.

·         Liz has a strong commitment to medical training.  She has held a number of posts in postgraduate education

·         Foundation Programme Director 2005 – 2010.

·         Deputy Training Programme Director for Rheumatology in the West of Scotland 2004-2006

·         Programme Director for Rheumatology in the West of Scotland 2006-09

·         Member of the Rheumatology SAC 2005-09.

·         Member of faculty for the SCOTS “Educational Supervision” Course.

·         Associate Postgraduate Dean for Career Development, West of Scotland Deanery  2010- present

·         Liz has a substantial track record in quality improvement.  She graduated with distinction as MSc in Clinical leadership in December 2010.   Her dissertation addressed issues of quality improvement in healthcare including the contribution of team based learning and aspects of self efficacy in long term illness.  In 2015, she completed the NHS Improving Quality “Improvement Fundamentals” module.

·         She is an active member of the Scottish Society for Rheumatology and was, until recently, chair of the Clinical Standards group for the Society.  In that role, she developed a system of web based audit and was the principal grant holder on a three year Scottish Government QIS grant to develop this nationally. This was awarded a British Society for Rheumatology Best Practice Award in 2016.

·         Liz is a member of the NHS Scotland National Services Effective Prescribing Group

·         She chairs the NHS Scotland National Services Short life Working Group looking at the provision of vasculitis services in Scotland

Other Professional Activities

Member of the Clinical Affairs Committee of the British Society for Rheumatology 2011-14.

·         Examiner and Host for MRCP (UK) PACES

·         Chair of MRCP (UK) Scenario Writing Group and a member of the MRCP(UK) Scenario Editorial Committee and MRCP(UK) Clinical Exam Board.

·         Represents the Scottish Colleges on the RCPL/BSR Specialty Committee for


·         President Scottish Society for Rheumatology 2015 – 2017

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