Statement regarding integration of PCRS with BSR

The trustees of the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) and the Primary Care Rheumatology Society (PCRS) are delighted to announce that they have opened talks with the intention of integrating the two organisations.  The integrated organisation would effectively unify the full range of professionals who work in the field of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders, including rheumatologists, nurses, GPs, allied health professionals and paediatricians – making it uniquely well-placed to speak with one clear clinical voice for patients.

It is envisioned that the integration of PCRS into BSR would follow a similar model to the recent integration of both the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR) and British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR) into BSR.  This unified model offers the opportunity to increase knowledge exchange across disciplines, and to enhance seamless patient care and professional education, while still retaining the distinct identity and focus of those integrated sections.

BSR President Elect Peter Lanyon welcomed the move, in particular its potential to, “provide a strong clinical voice across the whole pathway of care,” noting that, “this move reflects the larger changes in healthcare and its delivery.”  National Clinical Director for MSK Peter Kay observed “Clinicians working across the whole patient pathway is a key development to enable patient centred care”

PCRS President Arthur Mone likewise welcomed the proposals, stating: “Communication, co-operation and education are vital to provide excellence in the management of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders.  Integrating the PCR with the BSR helps remove artificial barriers between secondary and primary care, which can only result in better multi-disciplinary learning and patient care.”

 


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British Society for Rheumatology – BSR – www.rheumatology.org
Primary Care Rheumatology Society – PCR Society / PCRS – www.pcrsociety.org
British Health Professionals in Rheumatology – BHPR – www.rheumatology.org.uk/BHPR/About_Us
British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology – BSPAR – www.bspar.org

BSR communications:
Neil Walsh tel: +44 (0)207 842 0916
Email: nwalsh@rheumatology.org.uk