Peer Review launch
BSR recommends that rheumatology departments should participate in a peer review on a 5-yearly basis as a means to facilitate improvement in clinical services and to ensure basic core standards are met. The benefits of peer review are multi-factorial and can be both at an organisational level (e.g. in line with CQC, supporting specialist commissioning etc) and at an individual level through providing evidence for CPD and revalidation purposes. In regions where peer review is active the process is seen as mutually beneficial and educational for reviewers and those reviewed. The outcome of visits commonly addresses staffing needs and results in expansion of nursing, medical, secretarial or AHP jobs. However sharing of ideas is also important to individuals and units, including simple advice on any range of subjects from patient education to administration.
A revised process and documentation was published on 26 October 2016 with a view to implementing the scheme throughout rheumatology services for the first time in the UK.
Download the peer review documents and details of your regional leads below:
For more information about the Peer review head to the BSR website.
BSR mentioned in Parliamentary debate
On 20 October 2016, Members of Parliament (MPs) took part in a parliamentary debate, sharing their own experiences of arthritis and how it affects their day-to-day lives. The debate, intended to better recognise people with arthritis and was the first of its kind in UK parliament in over five years.
MPs talked through their own experiences and highlighted a number of constituents stories. Along with Arthritis Research UK, BSR briefed MPs to inform them about the key facts and figures surrounding arthritis in the UK. Jim Shannon MP mentioned BSR’s recent national clinical audit during the debate as MP’s questioned inconsistency of treatment and care received by patients from their rheumatology team. The debate was part of a wider campaign called “Share Your Everyday”. Led by Arthritis Research UK, the campaign encouraged the public to share their stories of living with arthritis so that research is better targeted at the issues directly affecting arthritis sufferers.
Read the full debate online.
Help for BSR’s response to NHS England and NICE consultations
NHS England and NICE are conducting a number of consultations. BSR plans to respond to all of the consultations and would welcome any feedback from delegates to help inform BSR’s response.
Head to BSR’s consultations page for further details.
Prizes and Awards: Final chance to nominate
We’re down to the wire with just over a week left to submit nominations for the following BSR Prizes and Awards:
– Open to scientists with a non-clinical background currently working in rheumatology or a related discipline.
Michael Mason Prize
– Awarded for excellence in clinical or scientific research in the field of rheumatology.
Young Investor Award
– Intended to encourage the work of young investigative rheumatologists.
Applications close 06 November 2016. For more information visit the BSR website.
BSR Core Skills
13-14 Feb | London
Places strictly limited to 30 delegates.
The essential course for developing your core skills in rheumatology, designed specifically for doctors in training and covering:
Examining the MSK system
Diagnosis an management of inflammatory joint diseases
Shared care in common clinical conditions
Clinical procedures and investigations
Diagnosis and management of osteoporosis.
The two day course takes place in London, with lunch and refreshments provided. There will also be an evening dinner (optional), perfect for networking and a fun quiz to close the course.
Book your place by visiting the course website.
BHPR are kindly offering £500 to members to put a towards course/conference or educational visit to help enhance their skills and knowledge in rheumatology.
To be eligible to apply applicants must write to BHPR and state how this bursary will benefit their personal development.
Applications close 06 November 2016, apply online.