A rheumatology specialist nurse is a trained nurse who has specialist knowledge, skills and experience in looking after patients' physical, emotional and social needs.
Rheumatology specialist nurses are sometimes called clinical nurse specialists, rheumatology nurse practitioners or liaison rheumatology nurses. Rheumatology specialist nurses work with people with all kinds of arthritis-related conditions.
Some rheumatology specialist nurses are able to diagnose, recommend treatments and prescribe medication. They can also carry out investigations and advise where referral may be needed to other team members such as podiatry or physiotherapy, and can liaise with a patient's GP if other issues arise.
They are a key member of the rheumatology team.