The audit was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and ran from 2014 to 2016.
It examined the assessment and early secondary care management of all forms of peripheral joint early inflammatory arthritis in NHS secondary care settings in England and Wales. Detailed follow up and outcome data was collected on patients up to three months from recruitment.
Two annual reports, which provided robust benchmarking of rheumatology services for the first time, were published.
HQIP plan to commission a new audit in 2017. This will build upon earlier data collected to quantify the impact of the first audit in more detail and provide an overview of standards of care at a time of substantial organisation changes within the NHS
Further details about the new audit will be published shortly.