Barbara Ansell National Network for Adolescent Rheumatology (BANNAR)
BANNAR is a group of interested and committed professionals from medical, nursing and allied health backgrounds working in adolescent and young adult (AYA, aged 10-24) rheumatology. They aim to provide a network across the UK to develop, facilitate and oversee a national research portfolio for AYA rheumatology. They meet twice a year and have regular email/telephone contacts between meetings. One of their first projects has been to co-design, with young people, a process to engage AYAs with rheumatic disease with BANNAR specifically and with AYA rheumatology research more generally.
They aim to develop, facilitate and oversee a national research portfolio for AYA rheumatology and are a central point of reference for researchers and policy makers and provide signposting to relevant resources. They want to engage young people and their families, as well as professionals, with research to improve the evidence base for, and the clinical care of, young people aged 10-24 years with rheumatic disease.
BANNAR has funded 4 projects, further details can be found on the BANNAR website.
Members are represented from all areas of the UK with a fairly equal split of those working predominantly in adult or paediatric backgrounds as well as dedicated adolescent rheumatology professionals. Dr Rachel Tattersall is the Chair of BANNAR, supported by 3 Deputy Chairs: Drs Martin Lee, Janet McDonagh and Flora McErlane. BANNAR members are expected to attend 2 face to face meetings annually and actively support ongoing work in the interim.
The national youth advisory panel for BANNAR is YOUR Rheum
BANNAR Website www.bannar.org.uk