Dr Heidi Siddle

Dr Heidi Siddle

Associate Professor and NIHR Clinical Lecturer

0113 392 4923

Summary: I am a clinical academic and lead for the FASTER group. My research focuses on persistent foot and ankle disease in inflammatory arthritis and the use of ultrasound imaging to assess disease activity.

Location: Chapel Allerton Hospital

Teaching Commitments: Undergraduate medical rheumatology education.


I qualified as a Podiatrist from the University of Salford in 1998 and joined the Rheumatology clinical team in 2000, establishing a dedicated Rheumatology Foot Health service.  Since 2003 I have held a number of research roles within LIRMM and obtained my PhD in 2013.  I was awarded a NIHR Clinical Lectureship and now have a clinical academic role dividing my time between NHS clinics, research capacity building and undertaking a programme of NIHR funded research.  I supervise PhD, MD and Master's students. 

My research includes developing a Foot and Ankle Ultrasound Scoring System for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (FUSS-RA) in conjunction with the international Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) organisation as well as establishing a clinical care pathway for persistent inflammatory foot and ankle disease in patients with RA.  I have been leading a European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) project to develop recommendations for non-medical health professionals using ultrasound for the management of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.

I am leading a Research Capacity Building Task Force, which is a collaboration between Leeds Teachings Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Leeds to engage and support non-medical colleagues in undertaking research activity, as well as establishing a clinical academic pathway for non-medics in the Trust.