About NRAS

From the Chief Executive

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society is ‘the voice’ of people affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) across the whole of the UK and in due course, we hope to be so for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). Founded in 2001, we are the only UK charity devoted specifically to RA, and we launched a service for families, children, young people and adults affected by Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis in 2014. Find out more at www.jia.org.uk 

We take pride in the fact that everything we stand for and do is patient-led. Our head office team of 21 members of staff works closely with all of our NRAS Members and Volunteers, the Board of Trustees and our panel of Medical and Allied Health Professional Advisors to design, coordinate, fund and deliver a comprehensive and wide range of high quality products and member services for all affected by RA and in due course, JIA. 

Our Core Values  

We approach our commitment and responsibilities to all with empathy, professionalism, passion and enthusiasm. We continually strive to achieve the best results and outcomes that we can for those we represent. These core values underpin the way we work. 

At all times, we act: 


We work openly and ethically, with integrity, honesty and independence


We are creative and constantly challenge the status quo, always striving for better and looking for new ways to add value, whilst basing what we say and do on the best evidence and our Members’ experiences  


Our staff are not just enthusiastic and committed, they are passionate about making a positive difference for all those we represent


We work with many different organisations, contributing significantly to alliances and coalitions


We are results focused and deliver on our projects and campaigns. Our many awards are testament to our achievements 


We act with sensitivity and compassion, respecting the needs and preferences of the individual regardless of nationality, creed, gender, age or ethnicity, while at the same time representing the entire community affected by RA or JIA in the UK, encompassing adults and young people, families, carers and rheumatology healthcare professionals.

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. 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

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Ailsa Bosworth

Chief Executive