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

Our Best Practice Awards celebrate an innovative or particularly successful scheme that drives improvement in patient care. 

Applications open: 1-29 September

Entry criteria

We're looking for evidence that the changes implemented in your practice have had a positive impact in three key areas:

  • They're clinically effective

  • They're cost-effective

  • They could be implemented by other providers

Examples of supporting evidence:

  • Audit against national guidelines resulting in improved outcomes in quality and performance

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

  • Development of new service pathways across secondary and primary care

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

  • Championing patient involvement

  • 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

  • A rapid transformation or change to an existing service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic


Applications open: 1-29 September 2021

Initial shortlisting: 4-23 October 2021

Virtual presentations: December 2021 and January 2022

Final shortlisting: February 2022

Announcement: April 2022 at Annual Conference in Glasgow

Please factor three potential dates for a site visit into the planning of your application