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The Quality Review Scheme (QRS) is recruiting for its accreditation panel, assessors and inspections. The QRS is a quality improvement process aimed at raising standards across rheumatology services throughout the UK, ultimately improving patient service and experience.

QRS Assessors

QRS assessors conduct inspections of rheumatology services. Each inspection team is formed of at least one clinician, one nurse or allied health professional, one rheumatology patient and a BSR assessor.

A standard inspection team will consist of five assessors:

  • 1x lead assessor

  • 3x team assessor

  • 1x BSR assessor

For larger services, a larger inspection team may be used.


To gain accreditation, a rheumatology service undergoes an inspection, assessed against QRS best practice. The inspection is one day and onsite: the inspection team reviews the facilities, speaks with managers, staff, and patients, and reviews all relevant evidence.

At the end of the day, a summary of the initial findings is discussed. The BSR assessor draws up an inspection report from the notes and evidence collated by the lead and team assessors. The inspection report is then submitted to the QRS accreditation panel for consideration.

Pandemic changes: during COVID-19, inspections are adapted to a blend of online and onsite review. Meetings with managers, staff and patients are held online as is the evidence review. The lead assessor and BSR assessor visit onsite for half a day to review the facilities and any evidence that cannot be shared online.

QRS accreditation panel

The QRS accreditation panel is responsible for awarding accreditation to the rheumatology service which has shown it successfully meets best practice standards. The panel meets online to review and discuss a service’s inspection report and determine if it meets best practice standards. If agreed, the service is awarded accreditation. BSR notifies the service within 10 working days of the accreditation panel’s decision.

If you're interested in joining the accreditation panel or the inspection team, please get in touch with our QRS team.

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