Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

Arthritis News - Members' Updates

This is where we post the latest Musculoskeletal and Arthritis news provided by ARMA's member bodies, including reports on policy meetings, healthcare best practice, disease research, fundraising events, patient studies and much more related to musculoskeletal disorders and arthritis. News items posted here are also distrubuted to our subscribers via our ARMA newsletter. If you are interested in receiving updates via email, sign up here.

  • 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.

Back to school – Educators Guide to the Hypermobile Student

September always kicks off with a huge surge in requests to the Hypermobility Syndromes Association for assistance with children struggling with school. The HMSA produces a booklet called ‘The Educators Guide to the Hypermobile Student‘. This booklet, beneficial for parents …Read More

Bone and Joint Week 2018 preview

Bone and Joint Week 2018 runs from 12-20 October 2018, highlighting the reality that musculoskeletal conditions are a big problem in the UK: they affect nearly everyone at some point in their life; they are the biggest cause of disability in the …Read More

Adopting the holistic approach

Guest blog by Professor Anthony Woolf, Chair, ARMA [Republished from the NHS England blog] Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions have a huge negative impact on the health of the population.  People with MSK problems making a first approach to health services can find it difficult …Read More

September 2018 is International Pain Awareness Month

September 2018 has been declared International Pain Awareness Month by the International Association of Patient organizations (IAPO). Pain Alliance Europe is trying to organize an event in Brussels, end-September, which would involve all bodies who have organized a pain awareness …Read More

Consultation on proposals to amend the ABPI Code and the PMCPA Constitution and Procedure

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry has been working on changes to the ABPI Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry and the PMCPA Constitution and Procedure. The proposed changes follow work done by a group chaired by Hugo Fry, …Read More

NICE consultation: PRP injections for osteoarthritis of the knee

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will be consulting on the safety and efficacy of platelet-rich plasma injections for osteoarthritis of the knee as part of its Interventional Procedures Programme (IPP). Public consultation is for four weeks and runs …Read More

Improving Patient Safety & Care 2019

Continuous Learning, Measurement & Improvement 6 February 2019 Royal Society of Medicine, London This event is part of GovConnect’s ongoing series aimed at delivering key information and evidence-based solutions in order to assist the communication and delivery of the NHS …Read More

Free webinar on effective communications between patients and physicians

Please join United Patients on 18 September 2018 for an important discussion on how patients and their physicians can work together to communicate more efficiently and effectively. Dr. James Galloway (Rheumatologist, King’s College London) and Clare Jacklin (National Rheumatoid Arthritis …Read More

Primary Care Rheumatology Society Conference 2018

“Improving MSK Medicine & Rheumatology“ Starts: Thursday, 22 November 2018 – 09:00 Ends: Saturday, 24 November 2018 – 13:00 Special Joint Injection Session (Pre-booked) with speakers Drs Alan Walker, Arthur Mone, Simon McGraw and Ms Kirsty Smith. Following the previous …Read More

Rising up the agenda

Musculoskeletal conditions are common – we all know that. But it hadn’t struck me until recently just how common compared to other long term conditions. 17 million people in the UK have an MSK condition. Compare that with the 850,000 …Read More

NASS Northern Ireland Community Engagement

NASS will be returning to Northern Ireland for a Community Engagement Conference on 27 October 2018. This is a new style event for NASS, bringing together healthcare professionals, people with AS, other organisations and researchers. There are some fantastic speakers …Read More

Sense checking draft knee arthroscopy policy

As you are hopefully already aware, a clinically-led programme called London Choosing Wisely is underway to develop pan-London policies for eight treatment areas, to ensure patients across London have consistent access to treatment that improves their health, based on the …Read More