Date lodged: 18 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that all people with suspected psoriatic arthritis are referred to a rheumatologist.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 1 December 2016
The Scottish Government provides policies, frameworks and resources to NHS Boards to allow them to deliver services that meet the needs of their local populations. The Scottish Government expects healthcare professionals to follow locally agreed and national clinical guidelines in the management of suspected psoriatic arthritis.
The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), who are part of Health Improvement Scotland, have produced guidelines on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (guide 121). The guideline provides clinicians with evidence based recommendations on the diagnosis and management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. It also provides a clear care pathway for clinicians to follow in terms of when to refer patients for specialist assessment and/or treatment.