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We're pleased to announce that we've been awarded the contract to continue running the National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit (NEIAA) for another three years.

Commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership as part of the National Clinical Audit Programme, the NEIAA is run by BSR with support from King's College London and Netsolving.

Since 2018, more than 55,000 patients have been recruited to the audit, making it the largest database of patients with early inflammatory arthritis. In its fifth year of data collection, the audit continues to drive improvements in the quality of care received by people living with inflammatory arthritis. The NEIAA data continues to provide services with insight into how to improve service provision.

Ali Rivett, BSR's Chief Executive, said: “I'm delighted that we've been successful in our bid to continue running the NEIAA. Thanks to the efforts of the rheumatology community across England and Wales, the project's provided invaluable insight into the delivery of key standards of care, which many have used to realise improvements for their patients. This contract extension is an opportunity to build on those successes and also explore the care of other patient groups over the next few years.”

The new contract allows for an extended scope, which will be communicated in the coming months following the publication of the fourth NEIAA annual report in the autumn. The extended scope allows BSR to continue capturing the most relevant information to improve patient care while reducing the burden of data collection on clinical services.