Improving Services for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis
08 Dec 2009
Held at Inmarsat Conference Centre, London

Bringing together senior policy makers, academics, clinicians and major stakeholder organisations, this conference considered the systemic improvements needed to manage and control rheumatoid arthritis.

Programme
10:00
Neil Betteridge, Chief Executive, Arthritis Care
Introduction and welcome by Conference Chair

10:05
Michael Whitehouse, Chief Operating Officer, National Audit Office
Opening remarks

10:15
Karen Taylor OBE, Director for Health Value for Money, National Audit Office
Key findings from the report

10:30
David Amess MP for Southend, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Inflammatory Arthritis
The All-Party Parliamentary Group: response to Government

10:45
Professor Paul Emery arc Professor of Rheumatology, University of Leeds Clinical Director (Rheumatology), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Delivering better services and improving outcomes for patients

11:00
Ailsa Bosworth Chief Executive, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
Delivering better services and improving outcomes for patients

11:00
Susan Oliver, Nurse Consultant, Past Chair, Royal College of Nursing Rheumatology Forum
Delivering better services and improving outcomes for patients

11:05
Panel discussion: Delivering better services and improving outcomes for patients
Professor Paul Emery, arc Professor of Rheumatology, University of Leeds Clinical Director (Rheumatology), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, President, European League Against Rheumatism Ailsa Bosworth, Chief Executive, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society Susan Oliver, Nurse Consultant, Past Chair, Royal College of Nursing Rheumatology Forum

11:05
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:20
Refreshment break, exhibition and networking
11:45
Neil Betteridge, Chief Executive, Arthritis Care
Welcome back by Conference Chair

11:50
Dr Chris Deighton, Chairman of Clinical Affairs, British Society for Rheumatology and Clinical adviser to the NICE Rheumatoid Arthritis Management Guideline
Current picture of rheumatoid arthritis care

12:05
Chris Groom, Audit Manager, National Audit Office
The benefits and costs of identification and treatment of early rheumatoid arthritis

12:25
Stephen Johnson, Deputy Director - Long-Term Conditions, Department of Health
Personalised care planning: commissioning better service for people with long term conditions

12:40
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:00
Buffet lunch, exhibition and networking
14:00
Stream A
New treatments for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis John Isaacs, Professor of Clinical Rheumatology, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University Cutting edge innovations in Rheumatoid Arthritis care Professor Paul Emery, arc Professor of Rheumatology, University of Leeds; Clinical Director (Rheumatology), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; President, European League Against Rheumatism

14:00
Stream B
Pennine Musculoskeletal Partnership: improving the patient journey in primary care Dr Alan Nye, Elective Care Clinical Advisor, Department of Health and Director of Pennine MSK Ltd Rapid access and treatment services: understanding the patient journey Dr Richard Hull, Consultant Rheumatologist and Clinical Director, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth

14:00
Stream C
Transforming clinical services in Rheumatoid Arthritis care Susan Oliver, Nurse Consultant, Past Chair, Royal College of Nursing Rheumatology Forum Breakout discussion How patient experiences should influence service delivery Ailsa Bosworth, Chief Executive, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society Enabling patients: ARMA Standards of Care Ros Meek, Director, The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance Engaging with patients: NAO Report Dr Alex Wyke, Managing Director, PatientView

15:00
Refreshment break, exhibition and networking
15:25
Karen Taylor OBE, Director for Health Value for Money, National Audit Office
Welcome back by Session Chair

15:30
Professor Alan Silman, Medical Director, Arthritis Research Campaign
Primary or secondary care: a joint responsibility

15:50
Professor Dame Carol Black OBE, National Director for Health and Work
Keynote address: improving employment support

16:05
Panel discussion: Session 4
Stephen Bevan, Managing Director, The Work Foundation Dr Jill Higgins, AHP Professional Advisor, East of England SHA Paul Carroll, Assistant Director, NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Dr David Scott, Professor of Clinical Rheumatology, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

16:40
Chair’s closing remarks