World Summit 2014


This high-level international meeting provides a forum for leadership and key opinion leaders from professional, scientific and patient organisations relevant to musculoskeletal health, together with policy makers including from WHO and the EU.

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As the UK population ages and the number of people living with multiple long-term conditions grow, the burden of MSK conditions is set to increase. The last six years alone have seen an increase of nearly 300% in hip and knee replacements, for instance. Yet MSK conditions remain chronically under-prioritised in the NHS.

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Musculoskeletal and Arthritis News

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Appointment of CEO to the BCA

AS you may be aware, Sue Wakefield, the BCA's Executive Director will be retiring in September following 20 year's service with the British Chiropractic Association. Sue's successor, Satjit Singh has been appointed and will take up post on 21st July and work with Sue to ensure a good handover. Satjit is best know to us for his time as interim CEO at the GCC following the departure of Margaret Coats. He has extensive experience leading membership and regulatory bodies and was ...

NOS Conference places and Free Osteoporosis Study

National Osteoporosis Society Conference 2014 The Osteoporosis Conference early bird deadline is Friday 29th August 2014. Register now to take advantage of the discounted rates. With expertise gained over 25 years, the Conference has evolved to offer a high-quality and diverse scientific programme of interest to clinicians, health professionals and basic scientists in the area of bone health. We look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham ICC from 30 Nov – 02 Dec 2014.   FREE osteoporosis study session for health professionals Date: Tuesday 9th September ...

Better Care Fund, better read the small print?

"While sharing resources across the NHS and local government is a step in the right direction, expectations of what the Better Care Fund could achieve, and how quickly, seemed heroic. The £3.8 billion fund is not new money, the national conditions for its use were stringent and plans had to be assembled very quickly, with insufficient time to engage properly with acute providers whose buy-in is essential for the plans to work. "What began as a well-intentioned agreement between the Department ...

Don’t Turn Your Back on it

In July, NASS have continued to work hard to raise awareness of ankylosing spondylitis. Huw Irranca-Davies, MP, kindly shared his ankylosing spondylitis story with the Daily Mail. He hopes the story of his delayed diagnosis will encourage others to get their back pain checked out by their GP The AbbVie Don’t Turn Your Back on it campaign is a global campaign which aims to raise awareness among the general public of inflammatory back pain. It was successfully launched in Reading on Saturday ...

LUPUS Factsheets updated to Information Standard

This month LUPUS UK has finished reviewing and updating two of our factsheets, ‘Lupus – Incidence within the Community’ and ‘Lupus and Associated Conditions’. Both of these leaflets have now been brought within the requirements of the Information Standard. The two factsheets are available to view and download, along with the rest of the range at Alternatively, physical copies can be requested from LUPUS UK National Office.

The benefits of work on health and wellbeing

Arthritis Care Scotland’s Joint Working Project coordinator Maureen McAllister was part of a working group to develop a training resource which promotes the benefits of work on health and wellbeing ‘Just The Job’, a new animation launched by NHS Education, highlights the important relationship between work and health and wellbeing. The animation, sponsored by the Scottish Government, is relevant to a diverse range of staff in NHS Scotland, the third sector (not for profit, non-governmental) and other settings. It explains in a ...

Edgar Stene Prize 2015 Launch

On behalf of Diana Skingle, Chair of the EULAR Standing Committee of People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe (PARE) and Marios Kouloumas, EULAR Vice President, representing PARE, as well as of the Edgar Stene Prize Jury, we are delighted to send you the call for entries for the Edgar Stene Prize 2015! As in the previous years we are delighted to accept the national winning essays in their native language to the EULAR secretariat, and we will take care of translating the ...

Myositis UK AGM and Conference

The Myositis UK AGM and Conference will be held on Sunday 6th July at the Oxford Belfry. The conference is free to members of the charity but registration is required by Thursday 3rd July for final numbers. The conference is for persons with Dermatomyositis, Polymyositis, Juvenile Dermatomyositis and Inclusion Body Myositis although doctors, nurses, physios, OTs and others with an interest in Myositis are welcome. The full day will involve research updates, an open session as well as time to meet ...

NHS ranked first in the world in comparative study

NHS ranked first in the world in comparative study Last week, the Commonwealth Fund published a report comparing the performance of 11 healthcare systems around the world which ranked the UK first. It was great to see this recognition that the NHS is a precious asset to this country. However, there needs to be proper investment (across both health and social care) in order to build on what is already working well and to deliver reforms that create genuinely person centred ...

'RA Unspoken' website & AC's new Director of Policy

Arthritis Care have teamed up with Roche and Chugai Pharma UK to launch 'RA Unspoken' website, an exciting campaign aimed at helping people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) having treatment difficulties. RA Unspoken offers a downloadable diary to help people with RA record their treatment issues and a list of questions that frequently go 'Unspoken'.   AC's new Director of Policy, Communication and Information post has been accepted by Dr Matthew Sowemimo. Matthew started work on 23rd June. Previously, Matthew worked at The ...

Physiotherapy Works for Social Care

Physiotherapy Works for Social Care is the latest in the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s series of physiotherapy works documents. This publication highlights the role of physiotherapy in social care settings in all four countries of the UK.  It makes the case for how physiotherapy can deliver cost effective change to more integrated, coordinated and effective community services, focused on prevention, early intervention and rehabilitation, all of which enable people to live well for longer with reduced need for care and ...

BSR's Simple Tasks campaign

BSR highlights the disabling effects of rheumatoid arthritis, which mean patients need six times more sickness absence than average The life-changing and debilitating symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis mean patients need over six times more sickness leave than average. With three-quarters of rheumatoid arthritis cases diagnosed in people of working age and almost 700,000 cases in total, it is a major cause of sickness absence and unemployment estimated to cost the economy £1.8 billion every year. The Simple Tasks campaign from the British ...

Lupus Information Day Presentations

We have now made video footage of all the presentations from the London Lupus Information Day on May 17th 2014 available to view on the LUPUS UK website. Just go to   On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th June 2014, LUPUS UK is running a Contact Training Course for 20 volunteers. Some of the people are existing volunteers refreshing their training, whilst others are brand new and will be joining our network of telephone Contacts throughout the UK. LUPUS UK Contacts ...

PSALV with CPGroup and HIS

On June 11th, PSALV attended the psoriasis/PSA Cross Party Group as usual, convened by Dave Thompson, MSP. The SKIN CAMPAIGN Scotland has asked that this CPG be expanded into an “all skin” CP group. Negotiations are ongoing. NHS Health Improvement Scotland, HIS will update us later in the summer regarding proposed work on mandatory psoriasis/PsA indicators. This, of course, follows the SIGN 121 Guidelines – which apply in Scotland – concerning treatment of PsA /psoriasis. SIGN guidelines are evidence-based. ARMA Scotland is working ...

BIMM Modules for 2014

Module 6 - Sports and Exercise Medicine, the Lower Limb 12th – 14th July LCOM Boston Place London NW1 6QH The course is a general introduction to sports medicine. With reference to lower limb injury and overuse syndromes the student will learn about the wider range of diagnostic possibilities encountered in the sports medicine clinic and their management. The hip, knee, ankle and foot will be covered comprehensively in terms of anatomy, function, clinical presentations, medical and surgical management.   Module 1 - Foundation Course 27th ...

New NASS Chairman, TNF guideline review and 2020Health

NASS had a very successful Members’ Day on Saturday 21 June. The afternoon practical sessions which gave Members tasters of Tai Chi , Nordic Walking and Essential Daily Stretches went down particularly well. NASS Members have elected a new Chairman, Mr Raj Mahapatra Raj was diagnosed with AS over 20 years ago and in recent years has been an active fundraiser for NASS through his ultra distance challenges. Professionally he has been a lawyer in both the UK and the US and ...

NRAS Invisible Disease Report & RA services

RA Awareness Week 2014 Thank you to all who took part in our Invisible Disease campaign for this year’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week, in which we asked our supporters to make RA visible! We had a great response to our social media activity and calls to action to get the word out about RA in the local community. Our first walking event, The RAmble also saw 100 people come together in Spetchley Park, Worcester to raise awareness and funds for people ...

Guest Blog - On being a bit short for your weight

by Judi Rhys, Chief Executive of Arthritis Care I recently attended a plenary session at the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Congress. The presentations were concerned with the ‘global musculoskeletal challenge’ and the ‘imminent avalanche of demand’ ahead. Many of the speakers referred to the rise in worldwide obesity and the link between obesity and osteoarthritis. A review of research in this area suggests an obese person is 14 times more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis, compared ...

Update from the British Acupuncture Council

BAcC Conference – 26-8th September See the Conference page for details. HRH Prince Charles has agreed to send a message to open this conference. The conference dinner is an occasion where BAcC fellowships are awarded for those who have contributed to the profession.   BAcC Response to Welsh public health white paper consultation The BAcC is concerned by the implications of the Welsh Assembly white paper. BAcC met with the Public Health official responsible to personally state our concerns on behalf of members.   NHS ...

WSD Event & Conference

World Scleroderma Day Education Event 3rd July 2014 Jointly hosted by The Scleroderma Society and the Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Association   You are invited to join us at the Bath Royal Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases for this free informative event focusing on Raynaud's and Scleroderma. The day is for both patients (morning session) and clinicians (afternoon session). To find out more and reserve your place visit the WSD Celebration page.   Scleroderma Conference 19th July 2014 You are invited to attend the Scleroderma Society’s Annual Conference at the Royal Free Hospital. This ...

New Report from the Sustainable Healthcare Steering Group

Patient, manager, expert: individual. Improving the sustainability of the healthcare system by removing barriers for people with long-term conditions This report from the Sustainable Healthcare Steering Group, launched in the House of Commons on 17th June 2014, examines how the NHS cares for the 15 million people1 living in England with long-term conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia or asthma. With half of GP appointments and two thirds of outpatient and A&E visits already accounted for by people with long-term conditions, and ...

Workout at Work Day - 6th June 2014

Workout @ Work Day is the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s annual awareness day, which aims to increase levels of physical activity among employees during the working day, and inspire staff to address poor work habits, such as not taking regular breaks. This year Workout @ Work Day is taking place on Friday 6th June and will have a particular focus on encouraging better use of recreational facilities that are freely available, such as outdoor gyms and parks. Physiotherapists from across the ...

Guest Blog - Early diagnosis leads to a better prognosis

by Chris Maker, Director of LUPUS UK One of the biggest problems for people who have lupus is obtaining a diagnosis. During 2009 LUPUS UK posted a survey questionnaire to all 5,700 members asking them to provide information about how lupus impacts on their lives. The response was overwhelming with over 3,000 completed questionnaires being returned. The summary of findings was: It was taking, on average, more than 7 years to diagnose lupus from the first symptom experienced – this had not improved over ...

Information Day Report

On Saturday May 17th 2014, LUPUS UK held an information day, featuring a series of speakers talking about a variety of lupus related topics. The presentations were:   “Living with lupus as a young person” by Dr John Ioannou, Consultant Rheumatologist, University College London Hospital (featuring Lynette Bortey, a young patient) “The Pain Toolkit – Self-management techniques” by Peter Moore (Pain Toolkit Trainer) “Changing Faces Skin Camouflage Service” (Including demonstration) by John Williams (Head of UK Network, Changing Faces) and Margaret Dunn (Skin Camouflage ...

NOS Reminders

The National Osteoporosis Society would like to remind you of the following events: National Osteoporosis Society Conference 2014 30th June – 2nd December For more information and to keep up-to-date on the latest developments regarding the conference visit: All Party Parliamentary Osteoporosis Group (APPOG) AGM and Drop-in Session On the 11th June the All Party Parliamentary Osteoporosis Group will hold its AGM and a drop in session on the provision of Fracture Liaison Services across the UK.  More information on APPOG can be found at: ...

Arthritis Nation 2014 report & RA Unspoken

Arthritis Care was held on the week commencing 19th May. The launch included publication of “Arthritis Nation 2014 report”, a quantitative survey of peoples’ experience of pain and pain services throughout the UK. Results from this survey show that: 70% of people living with arthritis experience constant pain despite taking any relevant medication Nearly half of people with arthritis only seek advice from medical professionals when their pain that is nearly, or actually, unbearable. Yet 78% of those who received help to manage ...

HMSA in the Month of May

May was Ehlers-Danlos Awarenes Month The HMSA has been busy holding fundraising and awareness activities up and down the UK as usual this May. We have held events every weekend of a variety of descriptions. We would like to thank our fundraisers and more of their activities can been viewed on our Facebook pages. Staff and volunteers alike are exhausted but feel it is a worthwhile month-long event. One of  the most interesting discussions centring around how to raise awareness of complex and ...

Countdown to RA Awareness Week

  The countdown is well under way to RA Awareness Week, 16th-22nd June This is the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society’s second awareness campaign and the theme for this year is ‘Invisible Disease’. We need your help to raise the profile of RA as much as possible to help us change the public perception of this often misunderstood condition. In the coming days, we will be sharing the activities planned for the week and do make sure you look out for the results ...

BIMM Events: June - Sept

The British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine's Upcoming Events 2014 7th June Soft Tissue Examination & Injection Workshop BMI Hospital, Blackheath, London The one day BIMM workshop 'Peripheral Injection', offers experiential learning with a high tutor to learner ratio (no more than 1:6) and is suitable for general practitioners, GP registrars and hospital doctors beginning or considering a career or special interest in musculoskeletal medicine. Physiotherapists, nurse and osteopathic practitioners have also found much value in these courses in the past. This course is based around ...

Rheumatology Conference Two Thousand Strong

Thank you to the 2,030 delegates who joined BSR at Rheumatology 2014 in Liverpool! The British Society for Rheumatology would like to thank all those who made the conference such a huge success, in particular their speakers, chairs, special interest groups, exhibitors and delegates. You can read more about the cutting-edge research from Rheumatology 2014 by exploring the media coverage, including items in MedPage Today, Rheumatology News and GP Online. More photos from the conference are available to view and download online (you will need cookies enabled).

ARMA’s Standards of Care

Arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions affect one in 5 people in the UK, causing pain and disability.

They can strike at any age, from infancy onwards. They cost society billions each year in health and social costs, lost employment, benefits; and they cost many individuals their independence and quality of life. There are many myths about these conditions, but the most damaging of all is the myth that nothing can be done.

Something can always be done, be it providing details of a local support group, or designing a service which means that people see the right specialist at the right time.

As part of ARMA’s Standards of Care project, a group of people with a range of musculoskeletal conditions has come together to identify what needs to happen in health services to enable them to minimise the pain and disability of arthritis, and to help people remain independent. They have suggested reasonable expectations of care and services for all people with musculoskeletal conditions.

We believe people have a right to:

  • Access to appropriate services for all people with musculoskeletal conditions
  • Timely diagnosis and treatment
  • Information
  • Services which are centered on the needs of users
  • Independence and self-determination

Read more about our overarching principles for the standards of care for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

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