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Overview

BSR's Policy and Public Affairs team campaigns to shape the UK’s healthcare agenda, promote high-quality rheumatology care and support the rheumatology workforce.

The Policy and Public Affairs team's core aim is to provide support to members locally and nationally, acting as liaison between members and stakeholders across the health sector. Policy work promotes the importance of a fully-staffed rheumatology multidisciplinary team.

Campaigning activities focus on:

  • Workforce issues (such as vacancies, poor retention and accessibility of training and education)

  • COVID-19 support (including specialty guidance and responses to Parliamentary Health and Social Care inquiries)

  • The problems associated with access to care (highlighting the importance of developing sustainable services that deliver equitable outcomes for everyone, accounting for individual, organisational and geographical barriers to care)

You can also reach out to the Policy and Public Affairs team for support on these and any other issues affecting you locally.

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Factsheet: Access to care in rheumatology

This factsheet looks at the importance of developing sustainable services that deliver equitable outcomes for everyone
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Factsheet: Quality Improvement

The latest addition to our factsheet series reinforces our commitment to healthcare improvement in rheumatology
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Factsheet: Rheumatology and mental health

Here is a summary of the relationship between MSK conditions and mental health
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Factsheet: What is rheumatology?

A breakdown of what rheumatology is, who it affects and what roles make up the MDT
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Factsheet: Developmentally Appropriate Care

Helping young people living with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases to manage their condition has unique challenges and requires a team approach
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Work and Health: Rheumatology Fact Sheet

Factsheet summarising obstacles to work for those with rheumatoid conditions
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Biosimilars: rheumatology factsheet

Factsheet about biosimilars, manufactured to be similar to an existing licensed reference biological medicine
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Top tips: Advice and Guidance

Read new guidance developed by the Clinical Affairs Committee on how to work with Advice & Guidance
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Top tips: advice lines

Rapid access to specialist advice has become increasingly important during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the disruption of routine outpatient services
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Triage top tips

As we move to the COVID-19 recovery phase, we want to share our top tips for improving triage
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COVID-19: remote consultations

New principles for rheumatology departments on remote consultations
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Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology: the State of Play report

Find out more about the recommendations that came out of the report
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Specialist nursing in rheumatology: the State of Play

Specialist nursing in rheumatology: the State of Play. Our new report is out now
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Rheumatology in Scotland: the State of Play

Rheumatology in Scotland: The State of Play is our second comprehensive report on rheumatology in Scotland
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Rheumatology in Northern Ireland: the State of Play

Collaboration between British Society for Rheumatology and Arthritis Care in Northern Ireland
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Rheumatology in Wales: the State of Play

Collaboration between BSR and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
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State of Play: Rheumatology UK

The State of Play in UK Rheumatology is the first major policy report from the British Society for Rheumatology
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