Rheumatology in Practice

NRAS Health Care Professionals Survey

In Spring 2015, we undertook a survey of health professionals (to include anyone who comes into contact with RA patients such as pharmacists, GPs, community nurses) to find out what you think of the services we provide and what you would like us to do in the future.

Speaking Plainly

This guide, which has been awarded a crystal mark by the Plain English Campaign, is intended to help rheumatologists, GPs and other healthcare professionals who need to speak to people with rheumatoid arthritis in clear, accessible language.

Allied Health Professional MSK toolkit

A new series of online toolkits, launched today, will help the NHS identify how therapists can intervene at different stages of a patient's condition to improve patient care whilst saving on costs. The toolkits are designed for commissioners and explain how to maximise allied health professionals’ contribution to the patient pathway. 

Smoking and RA

NRAS has been working in collaboration with NHS Fife and Pfizer to develop a campaign to raise awareness of the link between RA and smoking in Fife and encourage people with RA to think twice about smoking.

RCN Survey on the performance and activity of rheumatology nurses 

The RCN Rheumatology Nursing Forum (RCNRF) joined forces with the British Health Professionals inRheumatology (BHPR) and the Nurse Consultant Group in Rheumatology to identify the contribution that nurses and allied health care professionals (AHPs) make to delivering effective high quality care to patients.

Mapping the Patient's Journey in Rheumatoid Arthritis

This mapping project provides the results of exploring the experiences of 22 patients’ pathways of care from first symptoms and seeking advice from their general practitioner to the first three years of their care.

Foot health section on NRAS website  

View our section on foot health, developed in conjunction with Salford University, covering various aspects of foot health, from podiatry services to finding suitable shoes.

Commissioning for Quality in rheumatoid arthritis (CQRA)

The current NICE clinical guidelines offer best practice advice on the care of adults with RA based on the best available evidence. The recent National Audit Office Report highlights that there is a variation in the implementation of NICE guidelines in the NHS. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis: the role of early intervention and self-management 

By Diane Home, Rheumatology Nurse Consultant & Maggie Carr, Rheumatology Consultant Nurse British Journal of Community Nursing, Vol 14, No 10

Women With Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases: Considerations Before, During and After Pregnancy

Interesting new resource for HCPs from PeerVoice on Women With Rheumatic Diseases: Considerations Before, During and After Pregnancy.

Tight control in rheumatoid arthritis: The Why and the How

Interesting new resource for HCPs from PeerVoice on tight control in RA, with 3 presentations on this topic.

Hand and wrist orthoses for adults with rheumatological conditions: Practice guideline for occupational therapists

This publication provides specific evidence-based recommendations which describe the most appropriate care or action to be taken by occupational therapists working with adults who may benefit from a hand or wrist orthosis as an intervention for a rheumatological condition. Physiotherapists, hand therapists, orthotists and others who prescribe or use othoses may also wish to refer to the guideline to inform their practice.