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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.

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ARMA supports and has been actively involved in producing this new Care and Support Planning Guide from National Voices

For anyone with ongoing health and care needs, it will help you to -
• understand what care and support planning is and how it might help you;
• see how care and support planning works at each of the four stages;
• get started with care and support planning.

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Musculoskeletal and Arthritis News

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Arthritis Watch England continues

Arthritis Watch England continues

The launch of Arthritis Watch England (see recent post) has been published around relevant organisations. Arthritis Watch will gather evidence from people across England of arthritis services in their localities. This will be collated to build up a national picture of the state of arthritis services, including shortfalls in provision. The survey is a live document, will remain available throughout the year and individual responses can be added to, allowing people to respond when they spot changes in services. If organisations ...

Accountable care organisations in the United States and England

Accountable care organisations in the United States and England

This seventeen-page report by the King’s Fund describes the different types of ACOs emerging in the United States; presents some early evidence on their performance; assesses the future for ACOs; and discusses the implication of these developments for integrated care initiatives in England.  

PiF’s Annual Patient Information Conference

PiF’s Annual Patient Information Conference

Thursday, 1st May in Solihull, hosted by the Patient Information Forum (PiF). This event will cover, in just one day, the fundamental components of delivering high quality health information resources and services. With experts from across the NHS and voluntary sector, keynote sessions will bring you up to date with policy, commissioning and individual participation. Visit www.pifonline.org.uk/2014-conference to find out more information or to register. Follow PiF on Twitter at twitter.com/PiFonline.

Arthritis Care is Recruiting

Arthritis Care is Recruiting

To add our Senior Management Team: Director of Fundraising & Development o   We are seeking a Director of Fundraising & Development to take responsibility for developing and delivering a fundraising strategy to maximise Arthritis Care’s income.  We are looking for someone to take overall responsibility for our income-raising relationships and corporate partnerships, and who can explore and implement creative and innovative approaches to better service delivery, resource and asset management and income generation. Director of Nations & Services o   We are seeking a Director ...

Effective Networks for Improvement

Effective Networks for Improvement

This Health Foundation report will help those who want to use networks as a mechanism for change, and guide improvement leaders to ensure their networks are designed and run in line with what works best. Research has confirmed that networks are uniquely positioned to support quality improvement, and can provide a neutral environment where individuals from different organisations, disciplines and constituencies can collaborate on an equal footing, freed from the constraints and competition created by more hierarchical structures.

NOS Dates for Your Diary

NOS Dates for Your Diary

8th May, Falls and Fractures Alliance Executive Board (FFAEB) Meeting The Falls and Fractures Alliance brings together organisations to focus on preventing falls and fractures. The Alliance is steered by an Executive Board which will next meet on Thursday 8th May 2014. For more information about the Alliance visit this page. 11th June, All Party Parliamentary Osteoporosis Group (APPOG) AGM and Drop-in Session On the 11th June the All Party Parliamentary Osteoporosis Group will hold its AGM and a drop in session ...

Guest Blog – How Much Person-Centred Healthcare?

Guest Blog - How Much Person-Centred Healthcare?

by Nick Pahl, CEO of the British Acupuncture Council 2014 is the centenary of the start of the First World War. Certainly I don’t want to suffer what happened to Asquith the then Prime Minister. Allegedly, he used to spend Cabinet meetings translating dispatches from the front into Latin verse, believing there was little else he could do with them ... my lesson from this is that we need to ensure we respond to concerns, particularly from patients and the public. Patients ...

New Vision from Arthritis Care

New Vision from Arthritis Care

Arthritis Care’s vision has always been of a world where people with arthritis can lead full and active lives. Our new Strategic Plan sets out how we can have a greater impact on the lives of people living with arthritis, through our five new impact goals: Impact goal one: To increase the number of people with arthritis who are able to manage their pain on a daily basis. Impact goal two: To improve the health and wellbeing of people with arthritis and ensure ...

Quality Standards for people with Psoriatic arthritis

Quality Standards for people with Psoriatic arthritis

Quality Improvement Scotland, a part of NHS SCOTLAND, have told us they hope to take forward a programme of work on "indicators”, which will be a step on from Sign 121 for skin psoriasis and PSA, and will let us know when this commences. Hopefully these would provide more mandatory standards for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis in Scotland.

Young People and Joint Creativity

Young People and Joint Creativity

New Youth contacts for Arthritis Care Scotland Seven young people with arthritis have recently joined the Arthritis Care Scotland Young People and Families' Services volunteer team, and they attended their weekend induction training in Stirling in March. Two are new Youth Contacts, and the rest have taken on the newly created volunteer roles of either Joint Creativity Support volunteer or Activity Weekend Support volunteer. During the weekend they were introduced to the what? whys? and hows? of Arthritis Care UK and in Scotland. ...

New poster for World Lupus Day

New poster for World Lupus Day

LUPUS UK released their new poster for World Lupus Day (May 10th) earlier this month. The poster has done very well on Facebook. It has been shared over 2,700 times and has been seen by over 108,000 people so far. A copy of the poster was sent to all LUPUS UK members with the Spring Edition of our magazine and it can also be downloaded from our website. To coincide with the launch of the new poster and to help raise ...

Check Your Gout Risk – New Tool

Check Your Gout Risk - New Tool

The UK Gout Society is inviting people to check their gout risk following recent national publicity about the condition: www.ukgoutsociety.org/check Gout now affects one in 40 people in the UK1 and is the commonest form of inflammatory arthritis worldwide.  It is caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream, which if present for long enough, can form into needle-like crystals which attack the joints and result in excruciating pain and swelling. One in ten of all new cases of gout are in ...

ARMA discount for Rheumatology 2014

ARMA discount for Rheumatology 2014

ARMA members who book online at www.rheumatology2014.org using the reference code RHEUM2014ARMA can claim a 5% discount off the price of the conference ticket. Please spread the word within your organisations. This three-day conference, at ACC Liverpool from 29 April – 1 May, has eight streams, including science paediatric rheumatology rheumatology in primary care allied health professionals worldwide challenges in healthcare delivery With cutting-edge educational opportunities, the exhibition gives you a chance to learn about the latest products and services available. The exhibitors range from pharmaceutical companies, ...

Ministers Pledge for AS it is Campaign

Ministers Pledge for AS it is Campaign

NASS would like to highlight the successful outcomes of the 'AS it is' campaign, launched at the Senedd in March, to raise awareness of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and its impact on patients in Wales. Janice Gregory AM hosted the reception, with speakers including Health Minister, Professor Mark Drakeford, Dr Zoe McLaren, consultant rheumatologist at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Debbie Cook, NASS Director, Grant Poiner, NASS Trustee, and Tudur Philips, S4C presenter and AS patient. A short film made by Huw Irranca-Davies MP, ...

British Acupuncture Accreditation

British Acupuncture Accreditation

The latest list of accredited Acupuncture courses is published on the BAAB website. Graduates of these programmes are eligible for acceptance as BAcC members. These are courses that “substantially meet the requirements of BAAB. Scrutiny of the developed programme has been through documentation, discussion with the course team, students and graduates of the programme, evidence of external examiner reports and students' assessed work and observation of teaching both in the classroom and the clinic.”   BAcC Accreditation In March 2014, we were pleased to ...

Marathon Places Available with Team A

Marathon Places Available with Team A

Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2014 – 24th & 25th May 2014 Join Team A and help support our life-changing research to stop arthritis from stealing the quality of people’s lives. We have guaranteed charity places still available. But you will need to be quick because registration for the marathon closes on the 2nd April and all other distances close on the 30th April. Take part in the 5k, 10k, team relay, half marathon or full marathon and be part of Team A! For more details ...

Vision 2043 Competition

Vision 2043 Competition

What is the one thing that would transform your future?  Enter the Vision 2043 competition to make the world more inclusive for people with RMDs and have the opportunity to win a great prize! It’s easy to enter – share one idea to transform the lives of people with rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMDs) by the year 2043. The ideas can either be entered as an image, video, or soundtrack with a brief description in English, or as a written entry ...

A Fresh Approach in Practice

A Fresh Approach in Practice

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK has published A Fresh Approach in Practice, the second publication in a series of guides to Sport and Exercise Medicine Services for both Primary and Secondary care in the NHS. This edition has particular reference to the burden of physical inactivity and musculoskeletal problems. Aimed at CCGs, Trusts, Health Boards and connected organisations, this document outlines practical examples of how effective SEM MSK services can be within communities and the NHS. Visit the FSEM ...

Arthritis Care Awareness Week 2014

Arthritis Care Awareness Week 2014

  Arthritis Care Awareness Week 2014 Mon 19th May - Sun 25th May 2014 United Kingdom Arthritis Care Awareness Week is a UK based event which raises awareness about arthritis, gathers support for people with this condition, and highlights the work of Arthritis Care    

TLC for LTC

TLC for LTC

Arthritis Care Scotland’s “TLC for LTC” self-management programme proving popular. ‘TLC for LTC’ is a self-management project for people with long-term conditions (LTC) and their carers – who might be family, friends or neighbours. A recent recruit said:“… my self esteem and confidence has soared beyond my wildest dreams. I feel good that I can help educate and assist others with long term conditions to best manage their condition and improve their quality of life.” What makes this project so appealing to local ...

Arthritis Watch England survey launched!

Arthritis Watch England survey launched!

People with arthritis have been telling Arthritis Care that services are being cut, waiting times are going up and they are finding it harder to access services. We think it is vital to find out how widespread these problems are. Arthritis Watch is the new project to gather evidence from people across England of arthritis services in their localities, (i.e. their local Clinical Commissioning Group areas). This will be collated to build up a national picture of the state of arthritis services, ...

Care and Support Planning Guide

Care and Support Planning Guide

The Care and Support Planning Guide from National Voices is a document designed for anyone with health and care needs. It explains the proper role and aims of a care and support planner, and as you move through the interactive pages, links you to the support resources relevant to you. It will help you to: understand what care and support planning is and how it might help you see how care and support planning works at each of the four stages find out about ...

‘AS it is’ in Wales, NASS Launch

‘AS it is’ in Wales, NASS Launch

NASS is launching its ‘AS it is’ campaign in Wales on Wednesday 12th March at the Sennedd, the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff. The aim of 'AS it is' is to get a higher standard of care for people with AS in Wales, and to change status quos on important factors of AS treatment. It's a campaign for an urgent reduction in the time it takes to make a diagnosis; to improve patient access to physiotherapy; to secure proper employment support; and ...

Guest Blog – Can we please talk about early diagnosis?

Guest Blog - Can we please talk about early diagnosis?

By Ailsa Bosworth, CEO of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society In November 2011 the then Minister for Long Term Conditions, Paul Burstow MP, commissioned health officials to conduct a scoping exercise into early diagnosis across the health service to understand the extent of delayed diagnosis and its impact on patients. At around the same time the Coalition Government launched a national dementia awareness campaign to encourage people to spot the early signs of the disease and earmarked £10 million for dementia ...

1000 delegates and counting for Rheumatology 2014

1000 delegates and counting for Rheumatology 2014

Join the 1,000 delegates who have registered for Rheumatology 2014 The British Society for Rheumatology are delighted that so many delegates will join them for Rheumatology 2014’s cutting-edge educational opportunities, specialist sessions and invaluable networking opportunities. The conference offers eight topic streams over three days with leading experts in Sjorgen's syndrome, RA, OA, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia, and there will be a number of ARMA members exhibiting. Places for the conference are still available, please book online.   Rheum-mate wanted: tweet at Rheumatology 2014 Apply ...

British Back Pain Epidemic Study

British Back Pain Epidemic Study

A new study shows Britain is risking a back pain epidemic caused by unhealthy habits and sedentary lifestyles. The findings from a study by the British Acupuncture Council to mark 'Acupuncture Awareness Week' (3rd-10th March 2014) show that almost 80 per cent of people suffer with back pain, yet also admit to behaviours that put their backs under unnecessary strain. The study of 5,000 adults found that almost half of the nation admits to eating on their lap, 40 per cent ...

NRAS Super Hero Run & Roadshow

NRAS Super Hero Run & Roadshow

Calling all super hero fans! Join us in Regent’s Park to take part in a 5/10km race and raise much-needed funds for NRAS. We have secured places in the run which takes place on Sunday 18th May, and the spirit of this event is about ‘taking part’ not ‘winning’ so walk, jog or run – you choose! This is a great race if you are a massive super hero fan! Entry is £22 and we ask that you pledge to raise a ...

PSALV, Psoriasis Scotland Activities

PSALV, Psoriasis Scotland Activities

PSALV, Psoriasis Scotland has been lobbying for the inclusion of quality indicators for psoriasis and PsA in the Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) 2014/15 Local Delivery Plan and has just received confirmation that the proposal has been accepted onto the HIS work programme. In 2008, the charity e-petitioned the Scottish Parliament for NHS Clinical Guidelines for Skin and Joint Psoriasis and subsequently, was invited to join the working group as patient representatives. SIGN NHS Clinical Guideline 121 for Psoriasis/PsA in Scotland was ...

ACS’s First Professional Lecture at Scottish Parliament

ACS’s First Professional Lecture at Scottish Parliament

Arthritis Care Scotland held their first Professional Lecture at the Scottish Parliament on February 5th. The event was very well attended, with a wide range of professionals, policy makers, and people with arthritis present to hear the presentations and take part in the lively discussion. Bill Kidd MSP was the Parliamentary sponsor for the event, with Dr Alan Macdonald, President of the Scottish Society of Rheumatology, as chair. Guest speakers were: Dr Duncan Porter, on the importance of early intervention in rheumatoid ...

MoveMore Plan for Sheffield

MoveMore Plan for Sheffield

The recently completed MoveMore plan is a 5 year strategy for physical activity and a recipe for culture change, working towards an active and 'activated' city. It will be fully achieved by engaging the population in it's delivery. In the attached pdf plan the “one page visual summary” (p8) is helpful, and the introduction guides you through the key aspects. There was extensive consultation on this project, and the document captures the current best evidence nationally and internationally.

 

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
  • Information
  • 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.

 

 

 

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