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.”
Watch recordings of past webinars from the MSK series.
- 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
The MSK Webinar Series
Sport, Exercise and Musculoskeletal Training and Delivery in the NHS
Webinar recording available now
The Faculty of Sport, Exercise and Musculoskeletal Medicine presents
the scope of work of a Sport & Exercise (SEM) Consultant, and an example of how to set up and run a successful NHS Musculoskeletal (MSK) service.
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.
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.