The MSK Knowledge Hub is a searchable resource library for those working to support people with musculoskeletal conditions. Part of the partnership between ARMA and NHS England, the Hub will allow the MSK community to debate innovative ideas and good practice, share resources, network and celebrate success. This knowledge base is aimed at professionals, not patients, and is free for anyone to search.
- If you have musculoskeletal-related articles or documents you’d like to share – and they meet our criteria – please register with the Hub and then ‘Submit a Resource’.
- Once registered you can also access the interactive MSK Forum enabling people to discuss and share views.
Musculoskeletal Core Capabilities Framework
This is a new framework (launched 31/07/2018) aimed at practitioners who will be the first point of contact for adults presenting with undiagnosed MSK conditions.
The Musculoskeletal Core Capabilities Framework sets out the essential skills and knowledge necessary for staff with a role as a first point of contact in different types of service provision and settings, and will provide healthcare services with clear steps and actions to support local health economies, improving service delivery and patient outcomes. Read more about the
Less Common Musculoskeletal Diseases 25 – 29 July
ARMA members representing patients with a range of musculoskeletal conditions have come together to highlight the impact of delays in diagnosis.
Find out more about the campaign and some of the resources which can help primary care staff be part of the solution.
Follow the campaign on social media at #ThinkRheum.
The MSK Webinar Series:
Focus on Musculoskeletal Health: developing and implementing a JSNA chapter – Watch the video of this webinar
As a group musculoskeletal conditions cause 31.3% of all years lived with disability, and their incidence is rising as the population ages. Understanding this at a local level is therefore crucial in public health, prevention and health and care provision. With an ageing population this becomes increasingly important for a healthy workforce and a strong economy.
Watch recordings of past webinars from the MSK series.
- Sport, Exercise, Training and Delivery in the NHS
- Self-care workforce skills
- Joint Pain Advisor Webinar
- Getting It Right First Time Masterclass
- Clinical Networks: Transforming MSK Care
- Physiotherapy in Primary Care
- The Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire
- New models of MSK Masterclass
- Work & Health MSK Webinar
ARMA welcomes Government roadmap for work and health, but emphasises need for rapid progress
The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance welcomed the announcement today of Improving Lives: the future of work, health and disability, but emphasises the need for fast progress for people with musculoskeletal conditions. Improving Lives sets out plans to transform employment prospects for disabled people and those with long term health conditions over the next 10 years.
Conditions of the bones, joints muscles – musculoskeletal conditions – are the leading cause of people’s inability to work and disability in the UK. Less than two-thirds of working age people with a musculoskeletal condition are in work.
Sue Brown, chief executive of ARMA said, “I very much welcome the Government’s firm recognition of the need to address musculoskeletal conditions and work. We look forward to working closely with Government to ensure the details are right, but it’s vital that there is rapid progress if we are to curb the growing impact of musculoskeletal conditions on people’s working lives.
“The specific proposals in the document for a Challenge Fund need to ensure that musculoskeletal conditions are a high priority in their activity.”
Public Health England’s Active 10
Over 6.3 million adults aged 40 to 60 do not achieve 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking over the course of a month and are missing out on important health benefits. The new One You physical activity campaign is encouraging adults to build 10 minutes continuous brisk walking into their day as a simple way to improve their health, which could save the NHS over £0.9 billion per year.
Policy Position Paper on Prevention
of Musculoskeletal Conditions
ARMA highlights a need for transformation so that Care and Public Health systems go beyond merely tackling musculoskeletal conditions when they arise, to promoting good, lifelong musculoskeletal health.
Policy Position Paper on Joint Replacement Surgery
The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance is extremely concerned about increasing restrictions to access NHS services for joint replacements and the impact on people with musculoskeletal conditions.
Musculoskeletal toolkit launched to help employers support people with musculoskeletal conditions
ARMA worked with Public Health England and Business in the Community to develop a new toolkit for employers in the workplace, which launched at the Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference in the NEC today (7 March 2017). Musculoskeletal conditions are an important consideration for businesses as they are a leading cause of pain and disability in the UK, affecting many employees.
The toolkit draws together information for employers to support staff in the prevention, early identification, management and adaptation for people affected by musculoskeletal conditions. The musculoskeletal toolkit is a simple step-by-step guide dealing with back, neck, muscle and joint pain at work. It will help employers access the best free resources that are available for their organisation and employees.
You can access the toolkit from the Business in the Community website.
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.
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.