From the Chief Executive
Welcome to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society’s (NRAS) website. I hope this website will provide you with the information about rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and living with RA which you are seeking, however, our helpline team are only a phone call away and ready to answer any questions and provide you with the support you need.
NRAS provides support, information and advocacy for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, their families, friends and carers. We are also a resource for health professionals with an interest in rheumatology and work closely with rheumatology teams across the UK.
Our goal is ‘a better life for people living with rheumatoid arthritis’ and we seek to achieve this by:
- Providing information, education, support and advocacy
- Raising public and government awareness of RA
- Campaigning for equity of access to best treatment and care
- Facilitating the networking of people with RA and encouraging self-help
We are now in our eleventh year and have a team at NRAS
who are committed and passionate about providing the very best service we can to all those affected by this wretched disease. I like to think of us as a ‘one-stop-shop’. Whatever your needs are, we will do our best to provide you with the information and support you need. If we can’t answer your question immediately, we will do the necessary research or speak to our Medical Advisors
and come back to you.
Our volunteer network, now in excess of 400 people with RA across the UK, are there to provide peer to peer telephone support so we can put you in touch with someone else with the disease in similar circumstances to yourself, who can understand just what you are going through, because they’ve been there too.
Becoming a member of NRAS means our voice grows stronger, both locally, regionally and nationally. See our membership section to see how you can benefit from joining. I have lived with RA for some 30 years and I just wish there had been an NRAS when I was diagnosed. It would have made such a difference.
With best wishes