RCN Survey on rheumatology nurses

The RCN Rheumatology Nursing Forum (RCNRF) joined forces with the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (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. A previous report by Carr (2001) outlined nurse and AHP activity and scoped the extended roles. Since 2001 there have been significant changes to health care delivery and there is a pressing need to evaluate high quality care and workforce planning needs to ensure the future delivery of care outlined in the Next stage review (Department of Health, 2008a, 2008b).

The collaboration included nurses, AHPs and academic leads in education, who worked together to prepare the questionnaire. It is thanks to the expertise of a these specialists and the time that they have given in the questionnaire preparation, together with permission to adapt original questionnaires, that it has been possible to develop a tool for nurses and AHPs.

Please click here to view the survey.