Policy reports

These reports have been developed, or informed, by BSR in order to influence policy makers on behalf of our members and their patients.

A collaborative approach to improving outcomes in rare rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases

This report outlines a programme of work that BSR is leading on to improve care for people with rare inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. It builds upon a national workshop hosted by BSR in November 2015, which brought together a range of stakeholders to help raise the priority of these conditions. Recommendations include: enhancing condition knowledge across all health professionals, developing national audits for rare conditions and improving the data available to the NHS through disease registries and specific coding.

Integrated information to support transformational change - Learning from the Swedish healthcare system

This report outlines how the development of a more comprehensive registry system in the UK would provide benefits for patients, clinicians and researchers over the short, medium and long term. This would include ensuring patients have the information they need to make informed choices about their treatment. It draws on the internationally-renowned Swedish Rheumatology Quality (SRQ) registry system and is based on the findings of a UK delegation which visited the Karolinska Institute in 2015, with a view to introducing their learning into UK practice.


(NEW) The State of Play: Rheumatology in Wales

The latest report in the State of Play series presents a picture of rheumatology services across Wales from both clinical and patient perspectives. In addition, it highlights areas of best practice and outlines constructive recommendations to ensure rheumatology services and their staff are equipped to provide patients in Wales with the best possible care.

The report was developed in partnership with the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) based on individual surveys of both organisations members.

The State of Play: Rheumatology in Scotland

BSR and the Scottish Society for Rheumatology (SSR) have developed, in conjunction with their membership, the Rheumatology in Scotland: The State of Play report.

The report generates a picture of rheumatology services in Scotland. In addition to highlighting best practice, the report aims to develop recommendations to ensure Scotland’s health service is able to provide timely and effective treatment for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders (RMDs), whilst supporting the rheumatology multidisciplinary team (MDT) delivering such care.

The State of Play: UK Rheumatology

The State of Play in UK Rheumatology is the first major policy report from the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR). The report aims to capture the key challenges and opportunities facing rheumatology services and the patients they serve, with a view to bringing these to the attention of those bodies that can make a difference. The report was developed in partnership with our membership representing healthcare professions involved in the care of people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders (RMDs), including rheumatologists, nurses, allied health professionals, GPs and academics. This involved a policy survey to over 2,000 members, along with a series of focus groups with a broad range of clinicians and patients.

Key findings and recommendations can be found in the below executive summary of the report

These findings have informed the report’s final recommendations, termed BSR’s ‘15 for 2015’, as they represent the 15 key challenges that need to be addressed across the UK to ensure that patients with RMDs experience the highest quality care possible.

Reports BSR has informed