The Best Practice Awards reward excellence and showcase exemplary rheumatology services by promoting innovation and best practice across every aspect of rheumatology treatment.

Entries for the 2020 Best Practice Awards have now closed.

It's your chance to showcase your team’s innovative practice.

New for 2020, we're partnering with Versus Arthritis to celebrate an innovative or particularly successful scheme involving patients in their local service improvement.

Award winners will be announced to the profession at Annual Conference 2020 during the Jewels in the Crown session. The final shortlist of 10 units will be asked to produce a poster showcasing their work.

Winners will be asked to deliver a short presentation on their work during the Best Practice session, supporting the distribution and adoption of their practice.

Entry criteria

Please provide evidence that the changes the submitting team have implemented in their practice, have had positive impact, are clinically and cost effective, and could be implemented by other providers. This could be related to any of the following:

  • Audit against national guidance (BSR, NICE) resulting in improved outcomes in quality and performance

  • Implementation of new evidence-based service models or clinical re-design

  • Development of new service pathways across secondary and primary care

  • Streamlining systems and processes to achieve the same outcomes using fewer resources

  • Novel use of NHS data to understand how services are delivered and how outcomes could be improved

  • Medicines optimisation, particularly related to high-cost drugs

  • Integration of age-appropriate care

  • Coordinated provision of Specialised Services including network development

  • Championing patient involvement

  • Introduction of measures to capture the impact of innovative service offers, such as social prescribing and digital patient support tools, to develop the evidence base for wider adoption of best practice


Applications close: 4 October 2019

Initial shortlisting: 7–25 October 2019

Site visits: November and December 2019

NB: you will be asked during the application process to provide three potential dates for a site visit during these months, so please factor these into the planning of your application

Final shortlisting: January 2020

Announcement: April 2020 at Annual Conference in Glasgow

2018 winners

  • Eastern Network for Rare Autoimmune Disease (ENRAD) Videoconferencing MDT
    Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
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    • Paediatric MSK triage in the community
      Pennine MSK Partnership
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    • Establishing an Associate Rheumatology Nurse Specialist Training Post
      Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow
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Highly commended for clinical delivery:

  • Early arthritis service is cost-effective, improves outcomes and reduces biologic use
    Luton and Dunstable University Hospital 

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  • Coventry Fast track GCA pathway with walk-in Ultrasound
    University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire
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Shortlisted sites:

  • BioSNiP: Biosimilars switching at Northwick Park
    Northwick Park Hospital Harrow
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  • Young people’s care is everyone’s business: Integrating children’s and adult rheumatology services in Sheffield to provide seamless, developmentally appropriate rheumatology care
    Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
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  • Improving timely access to rheumatology services by facilitation of pre-referral dialogue
    Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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  • Building cost-effective and sustainable practice through collaboration between patients and care providers: the Leeds Specialist Spondyloarthritis Service experience
    Leeds Specialist Spondyloarthritis Service
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  • Creation of a multidisciplinary early inflammatory arthritis service
    Hammersmith Hospital
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