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About the British Thyroid Foundation

The British Thyroid Foundation (BTF) is an organisation set up in 1991 to help people with thyroid disorders. BTF staff, medical professionals, volunteers and people with thyroid disorders work together to provide support and information based on reliable medical evidence and personal experience.

Who is the BTF for?

It is for anyone with a thyroid disorder, for people interested in finding out more about thyroid disorders, as well as for parents, carers, family, friends, general practitioners, consultants and nurses.

How can the BTF help people with thyroid disorders?

quick_guides_smOur information provides facts about thyroid disorders. When you join the BTF, we will send you all the leaflets you request - these explain the different thyroid disorders.

We work with thyroid specialists from the British Thyroid Association (BTA), to ensure you get up-to-date and reliable information. The BTA is a non-profit-making learned society of professional clinical specialist doctors and scientists who look after patients with thyroid disorders and who carry out research into the thyroid.

We provide funds each year for research into thyroid disorders and for a nurse award; and we pass on information from the patient to doctors and nurses so they know what concerns people with thyroid disorders.

You will find further information and support from BTF telephone support volunteers - people who themselves have a thyroid disorder - and at BTF meetings - organised by our volunteer local coordinators.

book_imagesThe BTF book list gives details of books written for people with thyroid disorders.

In the meantime see our Quick Guides for instant information about thyroid disorders.

Learn about the benefits of membership and how we can support you.



Harrogate Stray in Spring

Since 2002 the BTF head office has been in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. We currently have four employees who are joined most days of the week by volunteers who help us in many different ways.

Harrogate is a spa town on the fringe of the Yorkshire Dales, which became famous for the healing properties of its waters when mineral springs were discovered over three centuries ago. A further claim to fame is Harrogate’s Odeon cinema, a grade II listed building, which featured on a Royal Mail 19p stamp in 1996. The town is home to Bettys tea rooms, Farrah’s toffee, Taylor’s tea and Harrogate Spa Water. Harrogate is known for its International Conference Centre (which hosted the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest!), the annual Great Yorkshire Show, Spring and Autumn Flower Shows, RHS Harlow Carr Gardens and the Harrogate Stray - 200 acres of open parkland - picturesque in every season of the year.




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1 October 2015
BTF Nurse Award Winner 2015

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2015 Evelyn Ashley Smith Nurse Award




8 September 2015
BTA Statement on the Management of Primary Hypothyroidism 2015

See the new BTA Statement plus the Q&As BTF has produced to accompany it.




28 July 2015
Congenital Hypothyroidism

Please take part in a short questionnaire to share your experiences of having a child diagnosed with congenital hypothyroidism.




31 March 2015
BTF Research Award 2015

Congratulations to Dr Carla Moran who has been awarded this year's Research Award for her work into hypothyroidism.




10 March 2015
Patient journeys - BTF films

We are delighted to have produced a series of short films featuring people talking about their experience of hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.




22 January 2015
Fight for Sight and BTF Co-fund New Research

A research grant co-funded by Fight for Sight and the British Thyroid Foundation has been awarded to researchers at London's NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology




15 December 2014
Thyroid cancer - patient journeys

BTF has produced four short films for patients with thyroid cancer. Please get in touch if you would like more information or support.




5 November 2014

Patient Knowledge of antithyroid drug-induced agranulocytosis - article published in the European Thyroid Journal.




July 2014 BTA Guidelines for the Management of Thyroid Cancer
These have now been published online. You can find them here or download them as a pdf here



July 2014 BSL Signed Information Clips
SignHealth have created a series of signed informational videos about thyroid issues. Find them on their website here



8 June 2014
Iodine supplements for a healthy thyroid

Information about the importance of taking iodine supplements and who needs them.




Drug Availability Updates
The latest news and updates from pharmaceutical companies can be found below.




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Associated with:

British Thyroid Association British Thyroid Association - medical professionals encouraging the highest standards in patient care and research.

British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons - the representative body of British Surgeons who have a specialist interest in surgery of the endocrine glands (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal)