Welcome to the website for the Scottish Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Network (SPARN)

SPARN was designated as a National Managed Clinical Network (NMCN) in April 2009.

Aims and Objectives

The remit of SPARN is to ensure that all children with rheumatic conditions are diagnosed promptly and managed appropriately. The care for children with rheumatic conditions will be delivered by multidisciplinary local teams with input from paediatric rheumatologist at network clinics.

The network’s aims are:

  • To promote equity of access to the best possible care for all children with rheumatic conditions in Scotland regardless of geography
  • To support local delivery of care where possible through the establishment of a network of services with locally based specialist multidisciplinary teams working in partnership with expert teams from the tertiary centres
  • To ensure that care delivered meets agreed national standards of care
  • To support services in improving standards of care through the establishment of continuous quality improvement

Within the website you will find:

  • Current Network Activities
  • Information on events
  • Network newsletters and other publications
  • Information on SPARN work-streams such as Education programme and SPARN guidelines
  • Links to relevant organisations
  • Information for Parent/Carers

If you have anything you would like added or amended on the website or would be interested in helping with content please contact the site administrator – Michael Durkan

Upcoming Events

  1. October 2017 education session

    October 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  2. Steering Group meeting

    October 26 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm