• The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) is the umbrella body for the arthritis and musculoskeletal community in the UK, and our mission is to transform the quality of life of people with musculoskeletal conditions. We have 40 member organisations ranging from specialised support groups for rare diseases to major research charities and national professional bodies.

To register for your chosen regional event please select from the links below:

Birmingham; Tuesday 21st March, Birmingham

Leeds; Friday 24th March Leeds

London; Tuesday 28th March. London

Whole System MSK Regional Events to help transform MSK care outcomes and Quality of Care.

Working in partnership with ARMA, the NHS England Long Term Conditions (LTCs) Unit, are sponsoring a series of regional launch pad events that supports a joined up approach to transforming Musculoskeletal (MSK) care.

The practical events will bring together regional and national leaders and organisations including RightCare and GIRFT, patient groups and local MSK stakeholders to focus on what the regions are most challenged by and potential solutions by sharing examples of best practice and evidence including national tools and resources and agree local priorities and actions that would maximise opportunities and maintain momentum.

The events are aimed at STP and CCG leads, Regional programme leads, regional and local professional leads, MSK clinicians, MSK Healthcare providers and local patient groups.

Response to Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

UK Government consultation

ARMA welcomes the recognition in the Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Paper of the need to address musculoskeletal conditions and work.

Musculoskeletal conditions are among the commonest causes of people’s inability to work and, as evidenced in the Global Burden of Disease study (2015), are the single biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK. Less than two-thirds of working age people with musculoskeletal conditions are in work. MSK conditions are the leading cause of sickness absence, resulting in 30.6 million working days lost each year and one in five visits to the GP. They are associated with anxiety and depression. The impact of MSK problems on work is predicted to increase and with people working into older ages, the impact on work will also increase.

We look forward to working with the Joint Work and Health Unit and ARMA members to provide more detailed support from the musculoskeletal community to realise the opportunities that the Green Paper proposes.

Read the full response.

The MSK Webinar Series

Work & Health MSK Webinar – 12 Jan 2017
Aiming to prevent work loss caused by musculoskeletal problems.

Webinar for Users of MSK Health Services – 27 Jan 2017
How can you help shape your future MSK services?

Joint Pain Advisor Webinar 24 Mar 2017
HIN has introduced Joint Pain Advisors into six primary care surgeries..

World Health Organisation landmark action plan will tackle tidal wave of musculoskeletal conditions

The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance, an alliance of prominent health charities, professional and research bodies, today [Thursday 15th September 2016] welcomed a ground-breaking World Health Organisation action plan to tackle musculoskeletal conditions in Europe.
[Read more]

The Action Plan was also welcomed internationally by the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, calling on the European Region to implement the Action Plan and all countries of the world to adopt a similar approach to tackling musculoskeletal conditions.

Sign up to the Global Alliance’s e-petition.

ARMA’s Policy Positions

ARMA has published our first two policy position papers:

Like previous documents, these are the result of input from across our membership and our community, and contain recommendations for policy makers.
Please share widely.

members-leaflet

New ARMA Leaflet

ARMA has released an A5 leaflet to support its activity, promoting good musculoskeletal health.

The leaflet features key messages on what is needed to provide the right care for musculoskeletal conditions,
in the right place, at the right time.

Restrictions to Treatments and Services, ARMA Survey 2015-16

ARMA has conducted a survey on whether people with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions have experienced any restrictions on accessing treatment and/or services. For infographics and full details of the survey, click here.


ARMA is the alliance providing a collective voice for the arthritis and musculoskeletal community in the UK.

Together, ARMA and its member organisations work to improve quality of life for all those living with musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders in the UK.

We aim to foster co-operation between charities and professional organisations, working to enhance understanding and mutual support between individuals and organisational bodies.

ARMA has a new telephone number: 0203 856 1978

Please note our new Skype-for-Business office number.