National physiotherapy lead Senga Cree gave the ARMA Scotland committee an update on the MSK Programme at its meeting in Edinburgh on November 27th. The programme is soon to be extended to take in Dundee, with Lanark, Lothian and Argyll and Bute already functioning, and having initially been focused on point of entry triage it was increasingly looking at the whole range of patient pathways. Senga stressed that the programme board wanted to work with the voluntary sector and draw on its knowledge.
MSK Cross Party Group
The Cross Party Group on MSK in the Scottish Parliament met in Holyrood on November 27th, with transitions for young people the main theme. The group heard presentations from the medical teams at Lanark and Yorkhill, but the highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the presentation by Arthritis Care’s Family and Youth Officer, Gillian Means, supported by youth volunteer Laura, speaking on AC’s work with young people with arthritis. Arthritis Care’s work with young people focuses on the physco-social dimension and helps to give young people the confidence to deal with their conditions through sharing experiences at activity weekends and other events. Gillian’s presentation was very well received.
The Cross Party MSK group at Holyrood met in the sad aftermath of the passing of the group’s long time Chair, Helen Eadie MSP, who died after a short illness. Tributes were paid to Helen’s work and consistent support for people with MSK and other conditions.
Arthritis Care Scotland announces first professional lecture
Arthritis Care Scotland’s first professional lecture will be held on February 5th 2014 in the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood. Key speakers will be Duncan Porter on recent developments in rheumatology, Martin Perry on the ScotsPHN Needs Assessment on RA, and Professor Martijn Steultjens on “Turning back the tide of MSK pain”. AC Scotland director Angela Donaldson will provide a patient perspective. For further information contact Arthritis Care Scotland.