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North West Clinical Effectiveness Group for the foot in rheumatic diseases

The North West Clinical Effectiveness Group (NWCEG) was established in 2003 with the aim of supporting podiatrists in the development of foot care services for people with rheumatic diseases. The group consists of podiatrists from services within the North West of England and academics from the University of Salford. In addition to service development support and providing some of the educational needs of the practitioner, the group has developed guidelines for the management of the foot affected with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

These guidelines are based on the best available evidence and consensus opinion of the group. Their purpose is to ensure that appropriate foot health management is carried out regardless of the location of that care. Further to this they are considered essential in supporting newly qualified or non-specialist podiatrists who may be managing people with RA as part of their case load. These guidelines have been reviewed by representatives from the medical profession and the Podiatry Rheumatic Care Association.

Additionally, a representative from the NWCEG also contributed to the development of the PCRA/ARMA Standards of Care for People with Musculoskeletal Foot Health Problems

Both the NWCEG guidelines and the above standards are useful for supporting and developing foot health services. For a copy of the NWCEG guidelines contact Samantha Davies.

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