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

      Launch of ArthritisWatch                                             As you all know, the NHS in England is going through significant changes, whilst needing to find £20bn of “efficiency savings” by 2015. Over the past months, people with arthritis throughout England have been telling …Read More

Scleroderma Society

   The Federation of European Scleroderma Associations   The Scleroderma Society is an active member of FESCA, the Federation of European Scleroderma Associations. If you would like to find out more about FESCA, please click on this link: If …Read More

Policy Update – A framework for technology enhanced learning

    Guidance to help commissioners and providers of health and social care deliver high quality, cost effective education, training and continuous development to the workforce through the use of technology is published today. Department of Health -11.11.11     …Read More

   NICE Draft guidance The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) had previously recommended the medication, but said new evidence had come to light about its effectiveness as a second-line treatment option and there were doubts about its …Read More

NICE to lose powers to decide on new drugs

     The medicines watchdog, NICE, is to lose its power to turn down new medicines for use on the NHS.    By Helen Briggs Health reporter, BBC News, September 27, 2011           Changes are planned to the …Read More

PMR and GCA Scotland reorganise database

     PMR and GCA Scotland reorganise database We have recently had to reorganise our database, in order to maximise its use, and the statistics that have emerged have surprised us. We have 707 names with PMR or GCA. 422 …Read More

    Recruitment of Chief Executive We are currently looking to recruit a full-time Chief Executive responsible for managing the Society and ensuring it fulfills its charitable objectives. The person chosen will be responsible for implementing the Society’s 5-year business …Read More

Gut Bacteria may influence immune system

    Learning How Gut Bacteria Influence Health:   Scientists Crack Sparse Genome of Microbe Linked to Autoimmunity ScienceDaily (Sep. 14, 2011) Scientists have deciphered the genome of a bacterium implicated as a key player in regulating the immune system …Read More

ARMA – welcomes NICE announcement

  ARMA welcomes NICE announcement to develop quality standards for musculoskeletal conditions…   The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) and its 37 member organisations welcomes the announcement by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to include rheumatoid arthritis, low …Read More

Patient Campain User

    New Patient Campain Blog A new blog has been added to the new ARMA website for news and progress relating to Patient focused campains. The initial campain is a public awarness campain for Inflammatory Arthritis. Inflammatory Arthritis public …Read More

The third Annual Fit for Work Europe Conference

      The third Annual Fit for Work Europe Conference   The third Annual Fit for Work Europe Conference took place on Wednesday 19 October 2011 in Brussels, endorsed by the Polish Presidency of the EU.    Attracting over 170 …Read More

News Release from National Voices

    30 Charities call on David Nicholson to endorse the  New Principles for Integrated Care.   To read the report   Summary   MORE than 30 national charities have written to Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS in …Read More