NRAS delighted with proposed inclusion of Rheumatoid Arthritis as part of a library of topics to be selected for development into Quality Standards
One of the aims of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society this year has been to achieve a Quality Standard for RA – and today (15th August 2011) NICE and the National Quality Board has launched a consultation about the first library of topics to be selected for development. Rheumatoid Arthritis, as part of a wider musculoskeletal category, is one of those proposed topics.
This is at the moment a preliminary announcement, and the National Quality Board will be making revisions to the list over coming months. For now, the NRAS aims to persuade NICE to make the development of an RA Quality Standard a priority, so that it is at the top of the list for implementation. The library of topics is a large one – 19 categories with multiple topics in each – so some disease areas might have to wait a number of years before the Quality Standard process can even begin.
Ailsa Bosworth, CEO of NRAS, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this positive step forward – the achievement of an RA Quality Standard has been one of our key aims this year, and we have been supported and assisted by others within the MSK community. But there is still a long way to go, and we mustn’t take anything for granted.”
Further details about the consultation and the library of topics can be found here
Please contact Jamie Hewitt, Government Affairs Manager, on 01628 823 524 for further information.