aruk-logo-2015·         Work policy and musculoskeletal conditions: Our policy symposium, on 16 June, brought together people with musculoskeletal conditions, policy leads, members of the academic community and employers to discuss current initiatives and identify opportunities which can support people with musculoskeletal conditions to remain, or return to work. We are producing a report of this event. We have learned that the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions have set up a work and health joint unit. We have been invited to take part in a roundtable with leads from this unit, together with Mind, in August. We are also following the progress of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill. For more information please contact Laura: l.boothman@arthritisresearchuk.org.

·         Spending review campaign:  Building on our Arthritis champions campaign will engage our supporters and use them to motivate MPs to champion our issues in the run up to the spending review. Our three key areas of focus will be science spending, public health and welfare reform. For further information contact Jon: j.havens@arthritisresearchuk.org.

·         Arthritis Research UK has entered into a new policy project with the Richmond Group: Arthritis Research UK has entered into a new policy project ‘Doing the Right Thing’ with a key group of long term conditions charities known as the Richmond Group of Charities. This group has been working in partnership for a number of years on issues such as prevention, coordinated care and ensuring that patients are engaged in decisions about their care. Arthritis Research UK is keen to ensure that the needs of people living with arthritis are included in their thinking and are delighted to be working on a new policy project with them.  This standalone project will look at new models of care underway in health and social care. It will be an opportunity to ensure that the needs of people with arthritis and relevant health interventions are championed throughout the health service. For further information contact Tracey: t.loftis@arthritisresearchuk.org.

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