Over the last few years, the role of the Paediatric Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist (PRCNS) has become increasingly central to the speciality of paediatric rheumatology. Historically PRCNS's, within the British Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR), have been grouped together with Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists under the umbrella of Allied Health Professionals (AHP's). Whilst continuing to work closely with our AHP colleagues, it has been increasingly necessary to also distinguish ourselves as a separate entity, in order to develop and promote the role of the PRCNS's where we have the very real potential to influence practice.

Predominantly PRCNS's are based in Tertiary Centres and share care with colleagues in both secondary and primary care ensuring that children and young people with rheumatological conditions have expert specialist care and can be managed as near to their own homes as possible. Many of the PRCNS's are members of the RCN, Children and Young People's Rheumatology Community. The CYP rheumatology community is now grouped into the CYP Specialist Care Forum and further information can be found at www.rcn.org.uk.

The group works to:

  • Provide a forum to support all nurses involved in the care of children and young people with rheumatological conditions.
  • Facilitate networking and the sharing of ideas to encourage evidence based practice.
  • Promote the implementation of best practice through benchmarking and standard setting at a national level.

Nurse Competencies BSPAR 2014 ratified (PDF)

Meetings

The Annual Nurses Meeting is open to all nurses, who are members of BSPAR and/or the RCN, and working with children and young people with rheumatological conditions:

  • June 2016 (Southampton)
  • 2017 (Peterborough)
  • 2018 (Birmingham)

For further details, please contact Kit Tranter - paed.rheum@nnuh.nhs.uk