BSRx300_20162nd year report launched

BSR published the 2nd audit report for the national clinical audit for rheumatoid and early inflammatory arthritis on 25 July at the King’s Fund. Speakers at the event covered the key findings, impact of the audit to date, a patient perspective and next steps, to an audience including NHS England, HQIP, patient charities, pharmaceutical companies and representatives from trusts and health boards who had participated.

The key findings, which were featured by the BBC, include:

  • 20 per cent of patients who see a GP with suspected rheumatoid and early inflammatory arthritis are referred to specialist services within 3 days
  • The national findings disguised considerable variation at a local level
  • 68% of patients were treated with DMARDs disease modifying drugs within 6 weeks of referral, up from 53% in year 1
  • Data from the audit is being used to facilitate discussions with commissioners with a view to delivering better patient care.

The report, press release and presentation of key findings can be found on the BSR website.

We are currently collecting examples of best practice for each of the NICE Standards from participating units in England and Wales, with a view to sharing these shortly and helping to inform discussions about service improvements.


Basic Ultrasound Course

23-24 Sept | Southend, Essex

Want an introduction to musculoskeletal ultrasound? Join our two day course and have the opportunity to get involved in supervised individual and group practice sessions.

BSR and the Ultrasound Special Interest Group are also pleased to be able to award up to 10 bursaries of £500 to Developing Ultrasound course delegates.

Full details of how to book and apply are available on the course website


Myositis Masterclass

01-02 Dec | Manchester

Join us for two days of best practice idiopathic inflammatory myopathy learning:

  • standardised classification
  • examination methods
  • diagnostic tools
  • biopsy techniques
  • muscle histology
  • treatment protocols

You will benefit from a comprehensive training package giving you a complete picture of neuromuscular assessment in order to improve overall quality of patient care. For more information or to book your place, visit the course website.


Join us on LinkedIn

Do you have a LinkedIn account? If so, why not join in the conversation with BSR. We’d encourage you to use the group as a forum for professional discussion. You can join the BSR group by using this link or by searching ‘British Society for Rheumatology’ in the LinkedIn search bar.

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