About the Simple Tasks campaign

Q: What is the Simple Tasks campaign?

A. Simple Tasks is a public awareness campaign designed to tell policymakers, general practitioners/healthcare commissioners and the wider public about the value of rheumatology services. The campaign was developed by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), and launched in September 2011 in the USA.  Having proved successful in the states, we secured the ACR licence to adapt and implement the campaign in the UK.

Q: What are the objectives of the campaign?

A. The key objectives of the campaign are:
  • To raise the profile of rheumatology in the UK
  • To increase the understanding of the work of rheumatologists and allied health professionals
  • To emphasise the window of opportunity for preventing pain and disability in autoimmune and inflammatory arthritis

Q: Why is this campaign happening now?

A. Rheumatic conditions are much more than aches and pains. Up to one million people in the UK are living with these conditions, yet many of the influencers who make decisions that affect the rheumatology community don't fully understand the scale and severity of these conditions. In addition, many influencers are not equipped with enough information about the role rheumatology services play in providing cost-effective and clinically-effective care for patients with rheumatic conditions.

Q. When did the campaign launch?

A. The campaign launched on 3 October 2013 in the run up to World Arthritis Day. In the run up to the launch day almost 230 people signed up to our  Simple Tasks thunderclap spreading the campaign message, which reached almost 78,000 people. 

Q. What is rheumatology? 

A. You can read about what rheumatology is on the About BSR webpage.

Q. What do rheumatologists and the multidisciplinary team do?

A: Rheumatologists are responsible for diagnosing and treating over 200 conditions, and along with the multidisciplinary team (MDT) make up the care and management provided for patients with rheumatic conditions. The MDT includes professionals such as physiotherapists, podiatrists, and consultant nurses. You can read about their experiences at our case study webpage

Q: Are there campaign materials available that I can share with an interested party?

A. There are several different pieces of campaign material that are available on our website. You can find our Simple Tasks white paper, manifesto, and hospital poster on the downloadable content page. If you are a member of BSR you can access additional downloadable content such as media advice, a Simple Tasks presentation, and a letter to your local MP in our members' pack page.

Q: Where did all the statistics on the Simple Tasks website and the white paper come from?

A. The statistics and facts were pulled from a number of sources, including medical journals, existing BSR materials, the work of rheumatology-focused patient groups, and the media. These statistics are fully cited in the campaign white paper Simple Tasks - Rheumatology in the UK: The problem. The impact. The answers

Q: Are there other organisations involved in the campaign?

A. We are delighted to have campaign support from patient partner organisations Arthritis Care, the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society, and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.  Our campaign is also supported by the following:
  • Scottish Society for Rheumatology
  • RSI Action
  • Arthritis Research UK
  • Vasculitis UK
  • British Pain Society
  • British Association and College of Occupational Therapists
  • PMRGCAuk

Q: How is this campaign different from other campaigns?

A. Simple Tasks is the only campaign that is dedicated to rheumatologists, rheumatology health professionals and our patient partners, and involves direct engagement with policymakers, commissioners and other influencers on behalf of rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals.

Q: Will this be an ongoing initiative?

A. The campaign will initially run for two years.

Q: Where can I go, or where can I send people, to find more information?

A. Invite them to visit these pages (www.simpletasks.org.uk) as well as our Facebook page, and to follow our Twitter account @RheumatologyUK #SimpleTasksUK . British Society for Rheumatology members can also log in to access specific campaign materials in the member resources area of the website.

Q: Where can I get more information:?

A. Contact Nona Ahamat, Head of Policy, on 020 7842 0900 or policy@rheumatology.org.uk