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Best practice tariff for early inflammatory arthritis

We're working in partnership to develop a best practice tariff for suspected early inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis. 

Best practice tariffs (BPT) are a way of creating an incentive for hospitals to deliver a higher quality service.

Arthritis Research UK, together with the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) and the National Rheumatology Arthritis Society (NRAS), has worked with the Department of Health to develop a proposed BPT for suspected early inflammatory arthritis. The tariff would incentivise hospital–based specialists to follow best-practice guidelines for treating people who have only just developed inflammatory arthritis. 

The Department of Health have recently issued a ‘test package’ of BPTs including the BPT for early inflammatory arthritis.

We’ve developed a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document about the proposed tariff.

Download the FAQS. (PDF 263 KB)

Arthritis Research UK policy


We're working to ensure that government policy meets the needs of people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.


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Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.