Welcome to the Primary Care Rheumatology Society

The PCR was created in 1986 by a group of General Practitioners with a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine and rheumatology.

The PCR's objectives are to:

  • Improve knowledge & education of musculoskeletal & rheumatology disorders in primary care
  • Improve & maintain standards of care provided for patients
  • Develop educational standards for providers in musculoskeletal medicine & rheumatology
  • Work to build partnerships with other providers of musculoskeletal & rheumatology care
  • Undertake research

The PCR is recognised as an important source of advice, education, ideas and initiatives in musculoskeletal medicine and rheumatology in primary care. The PCR works with both patient and professional groups in this field. The PCR is regularly asked to contribute to NICE guideline and technology submissions.

The Society runs an annual, friendly conference each November aimed at all GPs, including specific sessions for GP Trainees. There are also additional educational events throughout the year.

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Membership Benefits:

  1. Belong to a recognised group of GPs and professionals who take a major interest in musculoskeletal medicine and rheumatology in primary care.
  2. Have access to the PCR website member's only area and the PCR office which function as a network providing help and peer support for members needs in musculoskeletal medicine and rheumatology.
  3. Be part of an internationally recognised organisation that is involved with NICE guidelines and assessments, providing a voice for primary care in musculoskeletal medicine and rheumatology.
  4. Be a member of an organisation engaged as an active partner influencing the credentialing negotiations surrounding GPwSI in musculoskeletal medicine and rheumatology.
  5. Enjoy discounted rates at PCR Symposia and collect CPD points for your annual appraisal. PCR Symposia are held at various venues around the country.
  6. Help improve the management of various conditions (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and lupus) through the production and promotion of educational material and standards.
  7. Have the chance to take part in research with colleagues, usually with ARUK and/or Keele University backing.
  8. Explore opportunities to get involved with educational initiatives: the Society runs a diploma in conjunction with Bradford University. The Society has and continues to help re-organise both postgraduate and undergraduate education in musculoskeletal medicine and rheumatology.
  9. Members also have the opportunity to use the prosthetic "limbs" for practising and teaching joint injection techniques. Contact Helen at PCR Office for further details.

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