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We have launched the next report in our State of Play series - Specialist Nursing in rheumatology. For this, we surveyed 153 rheumatology nurse specialists across the UK.

Rheumatology nurse specialists are key members of the MDT, whose care results in higher patient satisfaction and better clinical outcomes. However, this report highlights that there are not enough rheumatology nurse specialists to provide high quality care throughout the UK both currently and in coming years.

  • 83% of respondents reported there were aspects of care that their team was unable or delayed in providing because of their excessive workload

  • 65% of respondents said their departments had employed the same number of rheumatology nurse specialists over the last five years, despite increased workload pressure

  • Almost 25% of respondents had unfilled vacancies in their department

Read the report