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Developed with our partners in order to influence policy makers in rheumatology.
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    Rheumatology in Wales - The state of play

    The latest report in the State of Play series presents a picture of rheumatology services across Wales from both clinical and patient perspectives. In addition, it highlights areas of best practice and outlines constructive recommendations to...

    Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2016

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    Rheumatology in Scotland - The state of play

    In conjunction with the Scottish Society for Rheumatology the report generates a picture of rheumatology services in Scotland. In addition to highlighting best practice, the report aims to develop recommendations to ensure Scotland’s health...

    Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2016

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    Integrated information to support transformational change - Learning from the Swedish healthcare system

    This report outlines how the development of a more comprehensive registry system in the UK would provide benefits for patients, clinicians and researchers over the short, medium and long term. This would include ensuring patients have the...

    Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016

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    A collaborative approach to improving outcomes in rare rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases

    This report outlines a programme of work to improve the care for people with rare inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. It builds upon a national workshop hosted by us in November 2015, which brought together a range of stakeholders to help raise...

    Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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    Rheumatology UK the state of play

    The report aims to capture the key challenges and opportunities facing rheumatology services and the patients they serve, with a view to bringing these to the attention of those bodies that can make a difference. The report was developed in...

    Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015

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    Policy statements

    These statements set out the society's position on a number of key policy issues in rheumatology and are developed in partnership with members.
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      Biosimilar medicines

      January 2017

      Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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      Person centred care

      January 2017

      Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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      Diagnostics

      January 2017

      Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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      Commissioning rheumatologists and GPwSIs on clinical commissioning group boards

      January 2017

      Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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      Consultations

      The society's official responses to major consultations by Government and other key stakeholders.
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        Nursing and Midwifery Council: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses

        The draft standards describe key components of the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of registered nurses.

        Posted on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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        Skills for Health: Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard Survey

         A proposed standard for a Level Seven advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) apprenticeship. 

        Posted on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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        Nursing and Midwifery Council: Prescribing and standards for medicines management

        The draft standards propose that nurses and midwives will be ready to prescribe when they register with us, enabling them to gain prescribing practice experience straight after qualification.

        Posted on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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        Nursing and Midwifery Council: Education framework - standards for education and training

        The draft standards outline the criteria education institutions  and practice placement providers must meet to deliver the approved programme.

        Posted on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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        The Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health: Green Paper Work, health and disability: improving lives

        The consultation response highlighted the need to empower the whole rheumatology Multi-disciplinary teams to support patients’ in their employment.

        Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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        NHS England: in-year service development, Individual Funding Requests, funding for experimental and unproven treatments, continuing funding after clinical trials

        NHS England consulted on its policies for in-year service development, Individual Funding Requests (IFR), funding for experimental and unproven treatments, continuing funding after clinical trials. The society's response highlighted concerns...

        Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017

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        NHS England: Proposed revisions to Clinical Reference Groups

        NHS England consulted on the restructuring and changing the composition of its Clinical Reference Groups, which would have included a reduction in the number of clinical, patient and co-opted members, and the CRG for specialised rheumatology...

        Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016

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        NHS England: Clinical commissioning policy proposition: commissioning medicines in children

        NHS England consulted on their policy proposition to extend the access to treatment to where approval has only been provided to adults. British Society for Rheumatology was broadly supportive of the policy, yet requested the policy’s...

        Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016

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        NHS England: On developing a method to assist investment decision in specialised commissioning

        NHS England consulted on the method used by its Clinical Priorities Advisory Group to comparatively prioritise commissioning policies. The BSR was critical of the methodology being proposed.

        Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016

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        Department of Health: Consultation on the implementation of the recommendations, principles and actions set out in the report of the Freedom to Speak Up review

        The Department of Health have consulted on the recommendations from the ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ review by Sir Robert Francis QC. In the consultation response, the society welcomed the Freedom to Speak Up report’s emphasis on...

        Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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