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.

MSK Commissioning Project

After a half-day meeting with the commissioning leads earlier in March, NRAS, BSR and Arthritis Care (in partnership as the Rheumatology Commissioning Support Alliance) have had confirmation that Wiltshire CCG have agreed to be the pilot area for development of …Read More

Report from BIMM

Report from Dr John Tanner (BIMM President) There are some developments I would like ARMA membership organisations to be aware of: The first is the credentialing pilot commissioned by the GMC 2 years ago to see if there was a …Read More

Essay with Honorable Mention

Following on from the announcement of the Edgar Stene Prize results, ARMA is happy to to pass on EULAR’s honourable mention for the UK entry by Caroline Howson. The judges “convey their warmest regards to Ms. Caroline Howson for having …Read More

Stene Prize Competition Results – EULAR

Today we’d like to share the final results of the EULAR Edgar Stene Prize Competition. The results are introduced in a letter from Maria Batziou, Chairperson of the EULAR Standing Committee of People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe (PARE) and Neil …Read More

PIER Review Room

Message from Stephen Tatton of ARMA Stoke: In the January Newsletter I mentioned that we were given the go ahead for a project that we have been working on for quite a number of years. We have been working on …Read More

Launch of “Save our Joints” campaign

The British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) has launched a SKY Sports campaign which will run at leading rugby and cricket sports events in 2013 to raise awareness that musculoskeletal (MSK) disease is the second greatest cause of disability in the …Read More

Pain and pain management at BSR conference

A number of presentations at Rheumatology2013, the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) conference, will cover the important topic of pain. Leading experts will discuss how people think about pain, and how fear of pain affects their lives and their conditions1, …Read More

Rheumatology 2013 keynote speakers announced

Mr Bob Ricketts, CBE, Director of NHS Provider Transition (Department of Health) and Director of Commissioning support strategy and Market Development (NHS Commissioning Board) will deliver a keynote address at this year’s Rheumatology 2013 conference in Birmingham. Bob has held …Read More

Scot PHN report on Rheumatoid Arthritis

In spite of severe weather ARMA Scotland had a very constructive meeting in Edinburgh which was addressed by Dr Philip Mackie of the Scottish Public Network. The Scot PHN report identifies key issues, including the need to shift practice towards …Read More

NRAS inform ATOS and Social Care Policy

NRAS Report on RA for Atos NRAS has recently authored a short report on rheumatoid arthritis for Atos to help improve their assessor’s knowledge about the disease when they undertake face-to-face Personal Independence Payment assessments. The disease is one of …Read More

Falls and Fractures Alliance Board meet

The FFAEB (Falls and Fractures Alliance Executive Board) held its second meeting on 19 March 2013.  It was agreed at the meeting that the Board would accept the invitation to become a stakeholder advisory group to the Falls and Fragility …Read More

NASS publications on exercise and best practice

In the past month NASS were asked to write an opinion piece for the CSP magazine “Frontline” which goes out to 50,000 physiotherapists. In the article NASS highlights the importance of exercise for ankylosing spondylitis and the challenges of making …Read More