• 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.

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Commissioning musculoskeletal services in England

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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.

Selected findings:

  • Lack of understanding within primary care – GPs had limited knowledge of conditions and the impact of MSK conditions on people’s lives
  • Lack of referrals to specialists. This is especially important for people diagnosed with Inflammatory Arthritis who should receive specialist treatment within 3 months.
  • Inconsistent services across England, with some areas having no facilities such as Hydrotherapy pools or pain clinics available.

Selected recommendations:

  • All Health Care Professionals treating people with MSK conditions should be sufficiently equipped to offer quality care and refer as appropriate.
  • People with chronic conditions to have continuity and coordination of care
  • People living with MSK condition should be signposted to patient-led voluntary organisations for information and support

Full findings and recommendations

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To stay healthy, it’s recommended to do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity every week. ‘One You’ provides practical tools and encouragement for adults to reappraise their lifestyle.

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ARMA has a new telephone number: 0203 856 1978

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Musculoskeletal and Arthritis News

Restrictions to Treatments and Services, ARMA Survey 2015-16

ARMA carried out a survey between 12th November 2015 and 15th January 2016 on whether people with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions had experienced any restrictions on accessing treatment and/or services. The survey was conducted using Survey Monkey and was distributed via the ARMA newsletter and through our membership. Open and download the survey infographic as a pdf. Key findings: Lack of understanding within primary care - GPs had limited knowledge of conditions and the impact of MSK conditions on people’s lives Lack of referrals to specialists. This is especially important for people diagnosed with Inflammatory Arthritis who should receive specialist treatment within 3 months. Inconsistent services ...

For the NHS, multidisciplinary working is the way forward

It’s hard to describe a month like the one we’ve just had, which has been characterised by many positive things for our community, but overshadowed by external events. Like me, many of you will feel worried and dismayed at the result of the EU referendum. There is no denying that whatever the practical implications of it – politically, for the NHS, for our respective areas of work – and whatever actually ends up happening at the end of what could well turn out to be a long and winding road, this result casts tremendous uncertainty over the UK, and Europe, ...

Job vacancy - Professional Engagement Manager - Arthritis Research UK

Arthritis Research UK are looking for a Professional Engagement Manager who will operate as part of a growing Professional Engagement team. The team are shaping and delivering a programme of impactful work to engage, inspire and educate professionals to deliver high quality care and support to people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.Location: Chesterfield or LondonHours: Full-time, 35 hours per week Salary: £35,000 - £38,000 + BenefitsContract type: 12 months maternity cover Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 31 July 2016See the job description and person specification on the arthritisresearchuk.org Work for Us page.

BIMM Diary of Courses & Events, July 2016

The latest diary of coming courses and events from the British Instutute of Musculoskeletal Medicine. Details include the a Fluoroscopic Injection course, and the Injection RoadShow.The current BIMM Diary is available to download in PDF form, or alternatively check ARMA’s Events Calendar.

Day to Day Living with Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases conference 2016

Wednesday 21st September 201609:00 am - 4:00 pmMountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, PortsmouthPortshosps 10th Birthday Conference“Taking Control of Your Arthritis and Connective Tissue Disease for the Future”You are invited to attend the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Department of Rheumatology 10th annual patient and public conference. The day will include a series of talks given by consultants, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapist, podiatrists, occupational therapists and dieticians. The programme is designed to be informative and educational; it gives you the opportunity to ask questions (or just listen if you prefer) and be around like-minded people who understand the challenges of living with arthritis and connective ...


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.