BSR is delighted to be able to announce the launch of INSPIRE, a website jointly developed between BSR and PCRS for the benefit of primary and community care in rheumatology. The new web site was launched at the Royal College of Physicians conference on Integrated care the 13th September. To mark the web site launch, an easy to access one page set of guidelines for GPs in managing gout was also launched produced in collaboration between Louise Warburton President PCRS, Christian Mallen Keele University and Chris Deighton President BSR. It is anticipated this was be the first of a long line of collaborative projects aimed at integrating care across both primary and secondary patient pathways.
September also saw a successful QIPP workshop in Sheffield funded and facilitated by BSR and the Right Care team from the Department of Health (DH). QIPP is an initiative from the DH and stands for Quality, Innovation, Prevention and Productivity. Sheffield Hospital presented their Clinical Microsystems work in Rheumatology that both reduced administration costs and improved patient waiting times. Sheffield and BSR were shortlisted for the HSJ national awards for the initiative. The workshop aimed to share the learning from the modernisation techniques across primary and secondary care in order to improve patient outcomes. The outcomes from the workshop will be written up on the DH web site.
Launch Learning Pilot
October sees another launch, this time of the BSR e learning pilot that supports doctors revalidation and awards Continuing Professional Development points on completion of the module. During the 6 month pilot comments and suggestions’ are welcome, work is almost complete on up to a 100 modules that will be added to the e-learning site. This is an exciting initiative which it is hoped can expand to other areas.
Phone App Coming
Chris Deighton President of BSR and Colin Howie BOA jointly Chair an advisory group on another DH project , developing a Patient Decision Aid (PDA) phone app for rheumatoid arthritis. There is input from patient organisations such as NRAS and the intention is to have the phone app ready by January.
BSR warmly welcomes National Voices to the BSR headquarters on the first floor Bride House and looks forward to sharing coffee and cakes on a regular basis.