Influence policy

Our work in policy aims to inform and influence key decision makers across Government, its agencies and other organisations. We do this by working closely with our diverse membership and patient organisations to shape how policy is developed and to raise awareness of important issues in rheumatology.

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Clinical audits

The national clinical audit for rheumatoid and early inflammatory arthritis examined the assessment of newly diagnosed patients against NICE standards. Its purpose was to help clinicians improve their quality of care for patients and facilitate negotiations with their employers and commissioners to improve services.

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Biologics registers

We run two registers of adult patients receiving biological treatments for rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis and one for young patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The collected data generates vital evidence on long term patient safety and treatment efficacy.

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Lobbying of government and policy makers

We work with parliamentarians to inform them of important issues for people living with rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions and those delivering their care. We do this by:

  • producing written briefings to inform parliamentarians
  • arranging meetings with them to raise awareness of key issues
  • encouraging them to raise parliamentary questions, debates and to host receptions
  • responding to parliamentary enquiries and consultations
  • Speaking at relevant events hosted in parliament and at political party conferences
  • Arranging visits to local services to better understand the challenges facing clinicians and patients

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Upholding industry standards

Peer review

Driving local service improvements across the UK through a formative mechanism to assess whether services meet core standards across the UK.

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Best practice

Our Best Practice Awards were organised in 2013 and 2016 to reward excellence and endeavour in rheumatology services, and to gather information to inform future service development.

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Clinical guidelines

Our accredited guidelines are pivotal to modern health and medical practice. Their recommendations are evidence-based and cover a wide range of topics - managing specific conditions, use of medicines in different settings or services and interventions to improve health.

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