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Chetan's Story

Dr Chetan Mukhtyar

Consultant Rheumatologist

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Chetan's Story

There isn’t a day that goes by in my practice when I am not positively affected by the work that the BSR has done for me. Below are some of the reasons why I am a member of this society.

  1. Clinical guidance – The BSR produces NICE accredited guidelines that make it easy for me to ensure that the care of my patients is at par with the best in the world. The guidelines evaluate the evidence for me, produce specific recommendations, and set audit standards for me to follow.
  2. Access to high-cost drugs – The BSR liaises with NHS England and NICE to influence access to high-cost drugs. Without this, rheumatology in the UK would be significantly behind the times.
  3. Helping to train my juniors – The BSR liaises with the Royal College of Physicians and influences how my juniors are trained and what constitutes their curriculum. Without that there would be significant variations in the training across the country.
  4. My Education – Without the BSR courses, I would struggle to meet my external CPD points. That I get a discount to these meetings is an added bonus.
  5. Community – As a member of the BSR I am a member of a large community of rheumatology clinicians and academics. The BSR is our voice and together we shape the future of this speciality.
  6. There is access to a journal, and while I could probably get access to the journal from my hospital and/or university, I recognise and appreciate that someone is doing that work to support the educational needs of British rheumatologists, of whom I am one.
  7. Providing a platform – The society allows me a platform for networking, presenting my experience, sharing ideas, learning and innovating, to inspire and be inspired.
  8. Franchise – I have the right to vote for my leaders and indeed to stand for leadership to shape the society which does so much for me.

This is the home of British rheumatology and I am a member for the princely sum of 76 pence a day. This is a charitable society – it does not make profits. The sole aim of the society is to improve standards in rheumatology. I have been a member of this great body since my first locum rheumatology registrar job in Reading. It would be great to have you stand with us.

Jill's Story

Dr Jill Firth

Consultant Nurse

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Jill's Story

“At different stages in my career I have taken advantage of most of the benefits the society has to offer its members. I would be lost without the guidelines and biologics registry data that keep me up to date and provide a constant source of reference in busy clinics.” 

Jill joined the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR) – now a thriving and rapidly expanding section of the BSR over 20 years ago – initially to strengthen her CV as a specialist nurse, and ended up serving as President of the BHPR Section Council until 2018!  

“I love hearing about emerging models of best practice and the e-news alerts me to national developments that may impact on my own service.  Participation in the national RA audit and Peer Review has provided important benchmarking data to share with our commissioners and I am, of course, personally delighted to see increasing evidence to support the value of specialist nursing!”

The BSR now have a dedicated journal for health professionals, Rheumatology Advances in Practice. Health professional colleagues and BSR members can enjoy significant discounts to this journal, as well as full online access to our flagship journal, Rheumatology

Kathy's Story

Dr Kathy Bailey

Paediatric Rheumatology

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Kathy's Story

“It would be unthinkable for me to be a paediatric rheumatologist without being a member of the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR). It contributes to everything I do from individual patient management, considering the quality of care I deliver on a one-to-one basis and as a whole service and how my team can develop their skills and knowledge to best support our patients.” 

Kathy became a member of the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR) 17 years ago when she began working in the field, and has seen it flourish into the lively, multi-professional organisation within the British Society for Rheumatology.   

Kathy now serves a vital role as President of the BSPAR Section Council and helps to influence her peers and the work that is produced to care for young patients as they grow into adults.

The information, standards of care, and networking opportunities, such as the BSPAR section annual conference, have helped Kathy to keep up to date and share good practice.

“Collaborating with all professionals working in paediatric rheumatology, committed groups and charities and patients and parents has provided a passionate and effective environment within the BSR to develop the evidence, guidance and support to provide the best quality of care to my patients.”

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