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The Best Practice Awards reward excellence and showcase exemplary rheumatology services by promoting innovation and best practice across every aspect of rheumatology treatment.

Our Best Practice Awards celebrate innovative or particularly successful schemes that drive improvement in patient care.

After one of the most challenging years on record for the sector, we're shining a light on the outstanding efforts and achievements that rheumatology teams across the UK deliver. Congratulations to our nine shortlisted sites, selected by our judging panel from 24 fantastic submissions:

  • Coordinated and integrated care for children and young people with chronic and disabling pain, Evelina London Children's Hospital, Guys and St Thomas Foundation Trust and South East region
  • Development of a remote therapy clinic for patients on biological and targeted synthetic DMARDs, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Digital health in rheumatology, rheumatology department, Guy's Hospital
  • Successful innovative mobile phone-based education, evaluation, and research in a large rheumatology cohort during a pandemic: improving safety, care quality and patient experience, rheumatology department, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • A virtual rheumatology ward: supporting patients with complex rheumatological conditions, rheumatology department, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
  • Empowering adolescents and young adults with chronic inflammatory conditions across South London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex and improving holistic outcomes, Evelina London Children's Hospital and Guys & St Thomas Foundation Trust
  • Drugs online free up time – going digital: a rapid reorganisation of medication clinics; starting rheumatology medications safely, rapidly and efficiently, Torbay Hospital, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  • Remote clinical management in rheumatology, rheumatology department, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
  • A multidisciplinary team-led approach to improving care for patients with suspected giant cell arteritis, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
Virtual site visits to these centres are taking place during December and January and the threewinners will be selected in early March by the judging panel.


Ali Rivett

BSR Chief Executive

Dr Sanjeev Patel

BSR President and consultant rheumatologist

Dr Jacqui Clinch

BSR Vice President, consultant paediatric and adolescent rheumatologist

Andy Bennett

National Clinical Director for musculoskeletal conditions for NHS England and Improvement

Yeliz Prior

BSR Vice President and occupational therapist

John Boulton

Director for NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety/ Director Improvement Cymru