Past courses

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Trainees in rheumatology: Understanding the wider world outside the NHS

05 December 2014 | Birmingham

This meeting was developed for SpRs, rheumatology trainees, and newly qualified rheumatology consultants, and is designed to help improve understanding of the structures in place across the NHS.

Learning objectives


-- Help rheumatology SpRs better understand the structures of NHS organisations and how they
interrelate with each other, local authorities and patient organisations
-- To better understand the commissioning cycle, what commissioners are looking to provide to experts for and how SpRs can influence effectively
-- To have an opportunity to network and share experiences and learn from fellow SpRs in their wider regional area
-- Through challenging case studies, put into practice the learning through influencing some key groups; patients, commissioners and those within your own organisation

Aims and objectives


A variety of teaching methods and techniques was used during the day, including plenary work, small group work and pair work. We believe very strongly in ‘learning by doing’ and the whole was planned to be as interactive as possible. Case studies were also used so that the participants could put into practice their influencing with one of the speakers.

Meeting organised by BSR and MSD and fully funded by MSD.

Developing skills in ultrasound

08 - 09 November | Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham
Convenor: Dr Ian Gaywood

Aims and objectives

A two day course to build on knowledge gained from the basic ultrasound course. Providing a comprehensive review of regional musculoskeletal ultrasound. Emphasis on diagnosis and differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal pathology and the pitfalls of interpretation. The faculty consisted primarily of consultants in clinical rheumatology. There were opportunities to assess patients during the practical sessions of the programme.

Who attended?

Consultant rheumatologists, SpRs in rheumatology and allied health professionals who have attended the BSR basic ultrasound course and regularly use ultrasound.

N.B. Delegates must have had previously attended a Basic Ultrasound Course and regularly carry out scanning within their day-to-day work.

If you are a member of BSR / BHPR you can apply for a £500 bursary towards the cost of attending our basic ultrasound course and/ or our developing ultrasound course.

AHPs in rheumatology: core skills in RA

05 - 06 November 2014 | Keele Hall, Staffordshire
Convenor: Dr Sarah Ryan

Learning objectives

-- To understand the clinical presentation of RA
-- To be able to conduct an effective consultation
-- To understand the principles of joint examination
-- To discuss the purpose of clinical investigations
-- To understand the management of RA
-- To understand the psychological and social impact of RA
-- To identify the different roles of the multi-disciplinary team

Who attended?

The course aimed at nurses and allied health professionals who are new to the speciality of rheumatology.

Delegates received 6 CPD points per each full day attendance and a CPD certificate will be sent to delegates in due course

Webinars on vasculitis

02 October 2014 | 16 October 2014 | 06 November 2014

As vasculitis was one of the the 4 topics covered by this years' successful Autumn Conference, BSR delivered a three part webinar series and e-learning module as part of a guidance programme on vasculitis, designed and sponsored by The Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation.

The webinars covered the following topics

-- Diagnosis of Vasculitis by Dr Richard Watts - click here to view the recorded webinar on demand
-- Assessment of Vasculitis by Professor Raashid Luqmani - click here to view the recorded webinar on demand
-- Therapy and Outcomes in Vasculitis by Dr David Jayne - click here to view the recorded webinar on demand