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.

Arthritis Care’s response to the Budget

Budget 2017 Arthritis Care’s response to the Budget welcomed the announcement of £2 billion of additional funding for social care in England as a step in the right direction, but argued that it falls far short of what is needed. …Read More

Providing physical activity for people with musculoskeletal conditions

This month Arthritis Research UK launched the new report ‘Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions’ at the Local Government Association/Associated Directors of Public Health conference on the 9th of March, where we also ran a policy session outlining the work in …Read More

World Federation of Chiropractic Assembly

ARMA trustee, Matthew Bennett, attended the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Assembly in Washington, a meeting of the leaders of the worlds’ chiropractic associations. A common theme was the growth of the profession. In the Republic of Congo, with just …Read More

World Spine Care

At a recent meeting of the World Federation of Chiropractic in Washington, founder of World Spine Care, Scott Haldeman MD, DC, reported on the latest developments. The WSC is a collaboration of people working in MSK care, a charity dedicated …Read More

NRAS – RA Awareness Week 2017

RA Awareness Week is coming soon…19-25 June 2017. Awareness packs will be sent out in early April and you can request your copy by emailing today. Over 30 charity CEOs write to DWP about changes to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) …Read More

NICE has published a Guideline for Spondyloarthritis

Debbie Cook, Chief Executive at NASS, has been a member of the Guideline Development Group working with NICE for over two years, particularly giving the patients’ perspective. The NICE Guideline for Spondyloarthritis was issued at the end of February 2017.  NASS welcome …Read More

BMAS Courses upcoming in 2017

FOUNDATION COURSES IN WESTERN MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE Venues:   London, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester Four-day course for regulated health professionals Experienced, medically trained lecturers Comprehensive course notes 100 Free needles Visit this page on our website for dates and venues.   British Medical …Read More


There have been reports in the media recently about a new study highlighting that patients taking drugs like alendronate for osteoporosis might weaken rather than strengthen bones. The National Osteoporosis Society, with our expert clinical advisers, has produced a response to this so that people …Read More

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is Friday 12th May

Organise a coffee and cake morning on Friday 12th May for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day! The 12th May is recognised as the international fibromyalgia awareness day. Charities and groups around the world will be organising events to increase awareness of the condition. Why not …Read More

PIER showcases good practice to NHS delegation

A group of senior delegates from the NHS Health Literacy Collaborative Group visited the Haywood Hospital in late February to look at the Patient Information and Resource Centre, (PIER) and see what effect its presence has had on the health …Read More

SEM services can deliver much needed MSK cost savings to the NHS

Disease Risk Reduction via Regular Physical Activity Heart Disease 40% Stroke 27% Colon Cancer 25% Breast Cancer 24% Type 2 Diabetes 30% Hypertension 50% Source:  A Fresh Approach in Practice – NHS North West and the FSEM UK 2011 The …Read More

A Message to My Younger Self

The National Osteoporosis Society is launching “A Message to My Younger Self” – an awareness campaign about keeping bones strong and health. It begins on 12th April 2017 and runs through to World Osteoporosis Day on 20th October. NOS want …Read More