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Rheumatoid Arthritis supplement

To help raise the awareness of Arthritis Week last week, BSR and NRAS have come together to produce a supplement focusing on Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The supplement was featured in The Guardian, bringing attention to the public about the impacts and implications that RA can have on people’s everyday lives.

Inside there’s articles from Laura Guest, Chief Executive Officer of BSR, Alisa Bosworth MBE, Chief Executive of NRAS, Dr Peter Lanyon, BSR President, Dr Jill Firth, BHPR President and much more! View the online supplement of Rheumatoid Arthritis online.

RCN Consultation Response to the Prime Minister

Last week a coalition of over 20 healthcare bodies, which included BHPR, and coordinated by the Royal College of Nursing, wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on the Government to halt its plans to reform student funding for nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals (AHPs). The letter warned that these proposals, which include the introduction of student loans for student nurses, risk reducing the supply of future nurses, midwives and AHPs at a time when they are needed more than ever – and the letter asked him to fully consider the impact on patient care in England.

BSR is coordinating its own response to the consultation on the proposals, if you’re interested, please email Anna Lewis.
Members can also view the letter to the Prime Minister online.

New Guideline published

BSR and BHPR guideline for the treatment of systemic sclerosis was published last week in Rheumatology. Scleroderma is a complex, multi-organ disease and this new comprehensive multidisciplinary guideline will help MDTs tackle it more effectively. Head to the Guideline section on the BSR website to view the executive summary and the full guideline.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – Guideline update

NICE has published the draft scope of the update rheumatoid arthritis guideline. You can view the draft scope online. BSR would be delighted if its members contributed to the BSR’s response, by emailing your comments on the draft guidance to Anna Lewis, by 04 July 2016. NICE are also recruiting members of the rheumatoid arthritis guideline committee. They’re recruiting three rheumatologists, two general practitioners (1 with a special interest in rheumatology), a specialist nurse, a pharmacist with a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis, an allied health professional and a radiologist (as a topic specific expert, co-opted to the committee). Visit the NICE website for further details on the roles and application process.

BSR Regional Chair vacancy

A vacancy has become available for a individual to join as the West Midlands Regional Chair. The position will be responsible for supporting BSR members within the West Midlands regions while working closely with BHPR and co-opted Regional Lead Representatives. Full details and how to apply can be found on the BSR website.

Autumn Conference 2016

Bath Assembly Rooms | 13-16 October Thank you to everyone who submitted a case study for this year’s conference. We received a high calibre covering the four topics:

  • Raynaud’s disease – Convened by Prof Ariane Herrick
  • Spondyloarthropthies – Convened by Prof Walter Maksymowych
  • Vasculitis – Convened by Dr David Jayne
  • Infection and arthritis – Convened by Prof Robert Moots

Remember you can save on your conference ticket by booking online before 03 July 2016.

Calling for donations!

BSR’s Heberden Library has a historical record of medico-historical books on rheumatism, gout and other allied conditions. It is important to us that this record is kept up to date to help enable us to have a complete history of Rheumatology. To help ensure we have a wide range we invite you to donate any relevant books to the Heberden Library. This may be something you no longer use or something you have multiple copies of. We would love to hear about anything you would consider donating. Please email BSR with the title and author of the book so we can check it against our current list. For more information visit the Heberden Library online.

National clinical audit launch

On 25 July 2016 BSR will be launching the second phase of the National clinical audit report at the King’s Fund in London. The report will cover key findings, share best practice and discuss the future of the project. Limited places are available, to confirm yours please email Rose David by 07 July 2016.

NICE-squareThe Department of Health asked the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to produce guidance on using anti TNF therapy for AS and non radiographic axial spondyloarthritis.

NICE have now published the Final Appraisal Determination and NASS are delighted to announce that we have obtained everything that we campaigned so hard for.

  • All the available anti TNF therapies are recommended as options for treating AS
  • Adalimumab (Humira), certolizumab pegol (Cimzia) and etanercept (Enbrel) are recommended as options for treating severe non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis
  • Treatment with another anti TNF is recommended for people who cannot tolerate, or whose disease has not responded to, treatment with the first TNF-alpha inhibitor, or whose disease has stopped responding after an initial response

NASS_70NASS members views were key in influencing the final recommendations made by NICE. More than 600 took part in a survey when NICE first asked NASS to make a patient group submission and another 800 took part in a survey regarding the draft guidelines.

NASS made patient interest group submissions based around the survey results and Debbie Cook and NASS Trustee Roger Stevens attended committee meetings to give the patient view. Dr Karl Gaffney and Dr Raj Sengupta gave the clinical expert view.

Success in Scotland

On 1 September NASS held our first patient conference in Scotland, followed by a reception at the Scottish Parliament, hosted by Margaret McCulloch MSP. Both events were well attended and our campaign messages in parliament were well received.

We will be following up with several MSPs including ministers and have had several offers from MSPs to write to the Secretary for Health Shona Robison on the issues raised in our ‘As it is’ campaign as well as the proposed closure of hydrotherapy pools in Scotland.