Janis Hickey, MBE - Founder & Director British, Thyroid Foundation (BTF)

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Janis Hickey, MBE

Community Leader
British Thyroid Foundation
Suite 12, One Sceptre House
Hornbeam Square North
Hornbeam Park
Harrogate, United Kingdom

Janis Hickey is Founder and Director of the British Thyroid Foundation (BTF). She was diagnosed with Graves’ disease and thyroid eye disease in 1984, an experience that led her to set up the BTF in 1991. In 1996 Miss Hickey was presented with a Yorkshire Woman of Achievement Community.

Janis Hickey completed her BA in applied modern languages from Northumbria University. She has been honoured with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours List for services to people affected by thyroid disease.

The BTF works with medical professionals, volunteers and patients to provide support and information based on reliable medical evidence and personal experience for all aspects of thyroid disease. The range of help offered includes comprehensive guides and advice circulated to patients through hospitals, GPs, the BTF website (www.btf-thyroid.org), a nationwide network of local support groups, and telephone support contacts.


Representative Publications:

Patient Knowledge of Antithyroid Drug-Induced Agranulocytosis

Trends in Thyroid Hormone Prescribing and Consumption in the UK

The Patient Experience of Services for Thyroid Eye Disease in the United Kingdom: Results of a Nationwide Survey

Orbital Decompression for Graves’ Orbitopathy in England