On 22 January BSR launched its first annual report from the National Clinical Audit for rheumatoid and early inflammatory arthritis. Representatives from the whole rheumatology community assembled at The King’s Fund, London to hear the key results.

The report analyses data on 6,354 patients and enables rheumatology services to measure their performance against NICE Quality Standards, benchmarked to regional and national comparators for the very first time.

Attendees were joined by Laura Guest, CEO of BSR, Sarah Winstone, Founding Partner at Incisive Health, Ailsa Bosworth, CEO and Founder of NRAS, Prof. Anthony Woolf, Chair of ARMA, BSR President, Prof. Simon Bowman and President elect, Dr Peter Lanyon.
 
Speakers Dr Jo Ledingham and Dr Neil Snowden kicked off the event presenting the audit structure and results from trusts against NICE benchmarks. Followed by Ms Zoe Ide who spoke about the patient perspectives of the audit findings and Dr James Galloway who gave insight into the future plans.

BSR have produced both a clinical and a patient report and these are available to download now from http://bit.ly/1RCWQPw. Further research and findings from the audit will be presented in detail at Rheumatology 2016.

 

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Commissioning development workshop 

Friday 22 January. BSR hosted a commissioning development workshop, focusing on the challenges in the NHS and how to better influence operational planning for local services.

The workshop involved a series of presentations and gave members the opportunity to debate issues, discuss future priorities and consider implementation strategies.

There were talks from Laura Guest, BSR CEO, Dr Gavin Clunie, Chair BSR External and Engagement Committee, Prof. Peter Kay, NCD and Jeremy Taylor, CEO National Voices.

The outcomes from this workshop will feed into a policy-shaping document to be presented to NHSE and health boards. A number of regional commissioning workshops are scheduled for 2016.

 

Obituary: Professor Gabrielle Kingsley

It is with great sadness we report the death of Gabrielle (Gay) Kingsley. She died after a short illness on Thursday 7 January 2016. Professor Kingsley was the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Medical Director, and a consultant Rheumatologist. 

Gay spent many years as a member of the BSR executive, providing excellent strategic advice. She chaired the Heberden, External Relations and Clinical Affairs Committees and spent 5 years as an associate editor of Rheumatology.

The full obituary, provided by her colleagues and friends, is available on the BSR news pages.

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