This high-level international meeting provides a forum for leadership and key opinion leaders from professional, scientific and patient organisations relevant to musculoskeletal health, together with policy makers including from WHO and the EU.
Visit the Summit page for the programme and registration form.
As the UK population ages and the number of people living with multiple long-term conditions grow, the burden of MSK conditions is set to increase. The last six years alone have seen an increase of nearly 300% in hip and knee replacements, for instance. Yet MSK conditions remain chronically under-prioritised in the NHS.
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ARMA is the umbrella body 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.
One of the issues raised by Vasculitis patients is the lack of information provided when they are told of their condition. With little information or further lack of explanation it is little wonder that patients and their families often become very anxious and distraught. Many people search the internet for an explanation of the condition and often find themselves reading articles that leave them more distressed than when they started their search, especially when the information has been written by non-professionals and the information is years out of date.
Knowing this was a common experience for patients and their families, when ...
The BSR Autumn Conference 2014 – ARMA members can enjoy a discounted package
This year’s British Society for Rheumatology Autumn Conference takes place in Brighton from 27 - 28 November and will offer delegates the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the UK and hear from world-leading experts on four topics rheumatoid arthritis, crystal arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and vasculitis.
Over 90% of attendees to the 2013 conference said they would recommend this event to a colleague and ARMA members can ensure they have a presence at this prominent event with discounted charity pod in the exhibition area, plus a full ...
Every year on October 16th, people from around the world join together to raise awareness on World Spine Day (WSD) as part of the Bone and Joint Decade's Action Week.
To raise awareness on World Spine Day and in accordance with the "Straighten Up and Move" theme, the BJD are asking people to take a photo of their spine and share via social media using #worldspineday, #spineselfie. Photo should be tasteful, creative and help to raise awareness for healthy spine habits. Photos can be shared on the World Spine Day Facebook, Twitter (@World_spine_day) page or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spinal disorders, such as ...
The AKU Society will host the 8th International Workshop on AKU on Thursday 16 October at the Hotel Ariadne in Stockholm, Sweden. AKU is an iconic rare form of osteoarthritis, and the days talks will cover basic research explaining new biomarkers for OA, new anatomical structures seen in OA bone, as well as updates on the clinical research investigating new treatments for AKU.
After the talks, there will be a tour of Museum Millesgarden, followed by dinner at Hotel Foresta.
A full list of speakers and programme of talks is available online from the Society's website.
Registration is free. Please contact Anki Kihlberg ...
For the fourth year in a row Chris Deighton, NRAS Medical Advisor and constant supporter, will once again take on the challenge of the Great North Run for NRAS. This year Chris will be running the 13.1 mile route dressed as a pub landlord for the day with Helly Berger (NRAS member) in her wheelchair as his buxom barmaid (last year they donned super hero outfits for the day!). Helly has had JIA from a very early age and has had a number of operations on her joints and yet she shows such courage. Chris will be pushing Helly in ...
27th – 29th Sept Module 1 - Foundation Course
LCOM Boston Place London NW1 6QH
This module will cover the essentials of history taking and systematic physical examination of the musculoskeletal system. You will be introduced to the neurophysiology of pain and the relevance of the dysfunction model to understanding the modern epidemic of back pain. You will learn how to assess posture, gait and function and develop your manual skills in diagnosis of soft tissue dysfunction. Through understanding of joint mechanics and physiology you will begin to learn the principles of mobilisation and manipulation. Demonstration of diagnostic technique on clinic patients ...
LUPUS UK has just finished production of a new 12-page booklet, ‘Lupus and the Kidneys’.
Approximately 1-in-3 people with lupus develop kidney disease, making this an important addition to the range of Information Products offered.
The new booklet is available for free by contacting LUPUS UK National Office or by downloading the new kidneys booklet pdf from our website.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance work together to improve services for patients.
BCU Health Board and the North Wales ARMA have agreed to work together to strengthen the planning and commissioning of services for chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The partnership was launched at an event at Llandudno Hospital on 31st July.
Signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the Health Board and the NW ARMA, Health Board Chairman, Dr. Peter Higson said: “We are delighted to be working with the North Wales Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance to ensure that patients can contribute to the way we design and deliver ...
As you will read in the Portsmouth Osteoporosis Autumn 2014 Newsletter, this has been an exciting year for promoting the National Osteoporosis Society and Queen Alexandra Hospital. Dr Young Min and his team have worked so hard and it is a privilege to be part of this.
The Support Group's Autumn Programme opens on September 11th 2014 in Cosham.
There have been lots of positive developments over the last few months and the members of our local Portsmouth Osteoporosis Support Group deserve to be congratulated for playing such a huge role in making it all possible. The local group have been raising ...
ARMA Network in Portsmouth would like to invite you to 3 upcoming events in October:
4th October 2014
Portsmouth Hospital Open day
Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham
NHS Trust Open Day, Various talks, tours and exhibition stands 10:30am-3:00pm
Download the Programme-Fracture-and-orthopaedic-OPD.
15th October 2014
Day to Day Living with Arthritis
A Patient and Public Conference at Festival Hall- Petersfield, 9am – 4pm.
Read the full programme of events for the Living with Arthritis day.
31st October 2014
Moving On - Arthritis Update
Pain and Arthritis- Patient and Public Conference for the Gosport and surrounding area.
Please book early to avoid disappointment.
You can see details and the full programme of the day's events here.
Date set for AAW 2015
Our next annual Acupuncture Awareness Week is set for 2-8 March 2015.
Please mark this date in your calendar and look out for further details to follow.
A British Journal of General Practice article in June 2014 on “managing chronic pain in the non-specialist setting” recommended acupuncture for short term relief of pain in patients with chronic low back pain or osteoarthritis.
The Parliamentary Health Committee long term conditions report also stated that there is “good evidence that good acupuncture will take away pain in a variety of different conditions”.
On behalf of Diana Skingle, Chair of the EULAR Standing Committee of People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe (PARE) and Marios Kouloumas, EULAR Vice President, representing PARE, as well as of the Edgar Stene Prize Jury, we are delighted to send you the call for entries for the Edgar Stene Prize 2015!
As in the previous years we are delighted to accept the national winning essays in their native language to the EULAR secretariat, and we will take care of translating the essays into English.
The topic is:
“Taking control of my life: working together with health professionals to achieve my personal goals"
Please read ...
Arthritis Care Scotland’s Joint Working Project coordinator Maureen McAllister was part of a working group to develop a training resource which promotes the benefits of work on health and wellbeing
‘Just The Job’, a new animation launched by NHS Education, highlights the important relationship between work and health and wellbeing.
The animation, sponsored by the Scottish Government, is relevant to a diverse range of staff in NHS Scotland, the third sector (not for profit, non-governmental) and other settings. It explains in a nutshell the links between work, health and wellbeing, encourages everyone to be proactive in supporting people with health conditions to ...
This month LUPUS UK has finished reviewing and updating two of our factsheets, ‘Lupus – Incidence within the Community’ and ‘Lupus and Associated Conditions’. Both of these leaflets have now been brought within the requirements of the Information Standard.
The two factsheets are available to view and download, along with the rest of the range at lupusuk.org.uk/factsheets1.
Alternatively, physical copies can be requested from LUPUS UK National Office.
Module 1 - Foundation Course
27th – 29th Sept
LCOM Boston Place London NW1 6QH
This module will cover the essentials of history taking and systematic physical examination of the musculoskeletal system. You will be introduced to the neurophysiology of pain and the relevance of the dysfunction model to understanding the modern epidemic of back pain. You will learn how to assess posture, gait and function and develop your manual skills in diagnosis of soft tissue dysfunction. Through understanding of joint mechanics and physiology you will begin to learn the principles of mobilisation and manipulation. Demonstration of diagnostic technique on clinic ...
Launch of NRAS Welsh Campaigns Network
NRAS has launched a Welsh Campaigns Network. The network consists of six Welsh Ambassadors from across the country who have been trained up to undertake campaigning work. The new recruits underwent a three-day training programme in Cardiff and Maidenhead in order to prepare for the role.
In addition to this, Welsh Ambassadors attended a ‘Meet the Patients’ constituents drop-in event in the Welsh Assembly in June to coincide with RA Awareness Week. The event was kindly sponsored by Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee, David Rees AM. The event was very successful and in ...
RA Awareness Week 2014
We were blown away by the support we received in raising the profile of RA during this year’s awareness week which took place on 16th – 22nd June. Thank you so much to our supporters for their efforts to make RA better understood by the general public, we can’t make a difference without you! We received 78 pieces of media coverage and our poster was published in the Metro on the first day of the week. We had celebrity support from Claire King, Jenny Agutter, Jo Whiley, Craig Revel Horwood, Hazel O’Connor and political support from David ...
by Maurice Cheng, Chief Executive of The Institute of Osteopathy
I’m sitting here on a Sunday morning writing this blog post, having missed the deadline, wondering what I could reflect on that would be interesting for ARMA colleagues.
The reason I’m late with this is because we’ve just relaunched the British Osteopathic Association as the Institute of Osteopathy; finally got our phase one new website and branding up this week (dead links, typos and all); finalised our annual convention programme in October and embedded it on an event microsite; published a new format members’ journal; and signed off on an extraordinarily long ...
The British Society for Rheumatology shows support for the Sustainable Healthcare report
A new Sustainable Healthcare report led by the College of Medicine, with the support of the British Society for Rheumatology, was launched on Tuesday 17 June. Attended by BSR CEO Laura Guest, the launch took place at the House of Commons.
The report makes recommendations on how NHS care can be made more sustainable and help improve outcomes for people living with long-term conditions, including rheumatic conditions. You can read the report online.
The British Society for Rheumatology supports Health Committee report to provide effective care to those with long-term ...
The NHS Procurement Atlas of Variation shows differences in the amount hospitals pay for everyday items including catheters, gloves and needles. The Atlas aims to help hospitals compare prices and identify where they need to drive down costs, so they can invest instead in frontline care.
You can read more Atlases of Variation on the Right Care website.
Arthritis Research UK is seeking to transform the conversation about musculoskeletal conditions. For too long, the focus has been on the end stages of musculoskeletal disease – treating them when they're at their most severe. We'd like to see a change: promotion of lifelong healthy bones, muscles and joints.
We must address how we reduce the risk of developing a musculoskeletal condition, alongside how we reduce the impact of these painful conditions once they've developed.
Awareness of the link between healthy lifestyles and musculoskeletal health is low, particularly for people already living with the pain and disability of arthritis or back pain.
Being involved as a trustee of Vasculitis UK brings a diverse range of experiences. Vasculitis UK has fantastic fundraisers and fundraising support. This support comes in all forms; as well as all the wonderful fundraisers who take part in walks, marathons and cycling events, there are other more "unusual" events. We are sometimes asked to take part in these events and it has involved dressing as pirates for a nautically-themed charity ball, or as witch and wizard for a fundraising Halloween party. The most unusual was a recent invitation to attend the "Film and Comic Convention" in London - a ...
National Osteoporosis Society Conference 2014
The Osteoporosis Conference early bird deadline is Friday 29th August 2014.
Register now to take advantage of the discounted rates. www.nos.org.uk/conference
With expertise gained over 25 years, the Conference has evolved to offer a high-quality and diverse scientific programme of interest to clinicians, health professionals and basic scientists in the area of bone health.
We look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham ICC from 30 Nov – 02 Dec 2014.
FREE osteoporosis study session for health professionals
Date: Tuesday 9th September 2014
Time: 12:00 - 17:00
Venue: The Conference Room, The Clare Charity Centre (The Clare Foundation) Wycombe Road, Saunderton Buckinghamshire HP14 4HU
Confronting the challenge of UK workforce health
The UK’s population is living and working longer. But these increased working years are not necessarily ones of good health.
Research shows that around 17 million people of working-age – roughly half of the workforce – will have at least one long-term health condition by 2030. Already the annual costs of sickness absence and worklessness associated with ill health are over £100 billion in the UK. Action is urgently needed.
The Fit For Work UK coalition believes that all parties must respond to this challenge and make health and work a priority. Improving the health and ...
In July, NASS have continued to work hard to raise awareness of ankylosing spondylitis.
Huw Irranca-Davies, MP, kindly shared his ankylosing spondylitis story with the Daily Mail. He hopes the story of his delayed diagnosis will encourage others to get their back pain checked out by their GP
The AbbVie Don’t Turn Your Back on it campaign is a global campaign which aims to raise awareness among the general public of inflammatory back pain. It was successfully launched in Reading on Saturday 19 with the support of NASS and Dr Antoni Chan, consultant rheumatologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
NASS are also working ...
AS you may be aware, Sue Wakefield, the BCA's Executive Director will be retiring in September following 20 year's service with the British Chiropractic Association.
Sue's successor, Satjit Singh has been appointed and will take up post on 21st July and work with Sue to ensure a good handover. Satjit is best know to us for his time as interim CEO at the GCC following the departure of Margaret Coats. He has extensive experience leading membership and regulatory bodies and was the outstanding candidate from the six shortlisted applicants who were interviewed for the position.
Arthritis Research UK Manifesto: Our manifesto has now been published, and we are meeting MPs to ask them to become arthritis champions. So far we have a 100% success rate, with politicians really keen to engage.We will continue to meet with MPs and candidates at party conferences, before making the manifesto the theme of our parliamentary reception on 15 October. For more information please contact Michael: email@example.com
M-PROM – Second phase: We are delighted to announce that we are working in partnership with NHS England to co-fund the piloting of the M-PROM within the NHS. As people with musculoskeletal conditions are ...
"While sharing resources across the NHS and local government is a step in the right direction, expectations of what the Better Care Fund could achieve, and how quickly, seemed heroic. The £3.8 billion fund is not new money, the national conditions for its use were stringent and plans had to be assembled very quickly, with insufficient time to engage properly with acute providers whose buy-in is essential for the plans to work.
"What began as a well-intentioned agreement between the Department of Health, NHS England and the Local Government Association is fast becoming a Faustian pact – the devil truly will ...
ARMA’s Standards of Care
Arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions affect one in 5 people in the UK, causing pain and disability.
They can strike at any age, from infancy onwards. They cost society billions each year in health and social costs, lost employment, benefits; and they cost many individuals their independence and quality of life. There are many myths about these conditions, but the most damaging of all is the myth that nothing can be done.
Something can always be done, be it providing details of a local support group, or designing a service which means that people see the right specialist at the right time.
As part of ARMA’s Standards of Care project, a group of people with a range of musculoskeletal conditions has come together to identify what needs to happen in health services to enable them to minimise the pain and disability of arthritis, and to help people remain independent. They have suggested reasonable expectations of care and services for all people with musculoskeletal conditions.
We believe people have a right to:
Access to appropriate services for all people with musculoskeletal conditions
Timely diagnosis and treatment
Services which are centered on the needs of users
Independence and self-determination
Read more about our overarching principles for the standards of care for people with musculoskeletal conditions.