Thanksgiving service for the life of John Dickson - 9th November 12pm Northallerton

There will be a thanksgiving service to celebrate the life of John Dickson, our co-founder, at 12pm on Thursday 9th November at All Saints Parish Church, High Street, Northallerton, DL7 8DJ. There will be a private cremation before.

There will be a gathering after the service at Romanby Golf Club, Yafforth Road, Romanby, Northallerton, DL7 0PE. He said he hoped this would give people a chance for happy reminiscing, making new friends and renewing old friendships. For those who don't want to attend the service, everyone is welcome to join the gathering at 12.45pm.

No flowers please. John and his wife, Christine, instead discussed charitable donations and decided on the PCR Society and the Bright Red Charity which were both close to his heart.

Donations to the charities will not be taken at Church, but at the Romanby Golf Club on the day and online via the links under the charities below.

If you can attend, please note that John hated funerals and left strict instructions that "no-one should feel they have to attend but if you would like to, please dress casually in bright colours".


This funds the Haematology Ward at the Freeman Hospital where John and his family were so well looked after. It funds research into lymphoma and leukaemia (both of which John suffered from), training for healthcare staff, complementary medicine for patients and their family as well as the comforts for patients and relatives (such as camp beds) which allowed Christine to stay on the ward with John.

Link to donate:


The PCR Society is setting up an annual award - The John Dickson Medal - to foster the next generation of primary care musculoskeletal nurses, physios and doctors and donations will go towards this. See the link on this site to read more about it. John has suggested the first winner - to be announced at the annual meeting next month.

Link to donate:

Welcome to the Primary Care Rheumatology Society

The PCR was created in 1986 by a group of General Practitioners with a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine and rheumatology.

The PCR's objectives are to:

  • Improve knowledge & education of musculoskeletal & rheumatology disorders in primary care
  • Improve & maintain standards of care provided for patients
  • Develop educational standards for providers in musculoskeletal medicine & rheumatology
  • Work to build partnerships with other providers of musculoskeletal & rheumatology care
  • Undertake research

The PCR is recognised as an important source of advice, education, ideas and initiatives in musculoskeletal medicine and rheumatology in primary care. The PCR works with both patient and professional groups in this field. The PCR is regularly asked to contribute to NICE guideline and technology submissions.

The Society runs an annual, friendly conference each November aimed at all GPs, including specific sessions for GP Trainees. There are also additional educational events throughout the year.

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