Barbara Ansell National Network for Adolescent Rheumatology (BANNAR)

We are excited to announce a new collaboration between Versus Arthritis and BANNAR.

BANNAR is a group of interested and committed professionals from medical, nursing, allied health professional and third sector backgrounds working in adolescent and young adult (AYA, aged 10-24) rheumatology.

We aim to:

  • Act as a focus of, and reference point for, a UK-wide network in professionals in AYA rheumatology research covering a spectrum of disease, research methods and implementation science
  • Provide a network across the UK to empower young people with rheumatic disease (and their families/social networks) to contribute to relevant research and help develop future research priorities
  • Recognise that providing the best clinical care for AYAs with rheumatic disease requires a good evidence base, but that AYA rheumatology is a neglected research area that we need to improve

We meet up to four times a year (virtually…and hopefully soon in person!) and have regular email/telephone contacts between meetings.

The collaboration with Versus Arthritis will help reach every child and young person with arthritis and related conditions throughout the UK.

The network provides an opportunity for professionals to get involved, hear about the latest guideline information in paediatric rheumatology, access summaries of good practice and other pieces of helpful information.

If you would like to join the professional network please complete the membership survey.

For any questions please email BANNAR Project Officer, Sarah Yorke at

Membership is always open, and we look forward to hearing from you.