ARMA’s Policy Positions
ARMA published two policy position papers in 2016:
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.
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.
Read our policy position statement on rationing joint replacement surgery.
Click here to access the document.
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Date for South East event coming soon.
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.
The MSK Webinar Series
- Physiotherapy in Primary Care
- The Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire
- New models of MSK Masterclass
- Work & Health MSK Webinar
Visit the webinar page.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ARMA has a new telephone number: 0203 856 1978
Please note our new Skype-for-Business office number.