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  • 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.

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ARAM logoThe Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) is seeking to expand our trustee board to bring in people from different professional backgrounds. This is the ideal opportunity for someone who wishes to gain experience of serving at board level with an interest in improving health services for people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. We are looking for trustees with a business or fundraising background to complement our existing board’s strengths in health provision and charity management.

ARMA is an umbrella body bringing together 35 member organisations, ranging from specialised support groups for rare diseases to major research charities and national professional bodies. Our vision is of an effective and unified MSK community working together to improve the lives of people with MSK conditions. We do this in partnership with our member organisations, by shaping policy and best practice. We have very strong links with NHS England and Public Health England. Our activities are not aimed at the general public, but we have strong recognition amongst relevant professionals and policy makers.

We seek to diversify the experience of our trustee board by co-opting two trustees. ARMA Trustees are appointed for an initial three-year term and after that are eligible to stand for a further three-year term. This is an unpaid honorary post. Board meetings take place on a quarterly basis and you will be expected to give your time for 4 meetings. Reasonable expenses are reimbursed. You must also be willing to provide advice on an ad hoc basis and serve on sub committees as appropriate.

If you would like to join the ARMA Board and think you have the appropriate skills and expertise, please contact us for more information or for an informal conversation. Please telephone 020 3856 1977 or email projects@arma.uk.net.

See our incumbent trustees on our Governance page.

Physical activity seems to have been the theme for the last few weeks. The latest phase of Public Health England’s ‘One You’ campaign Active 10 aims to get inactive people doing 10 minutes of brisk walking per day. Whilst I have seen some questioning of “shock tactics”, the statistic that 41% of people aged 40 – 60 in the UK do not do 10 minutes of brisk walking in a month certainly helped gain coverage. I’m sure the new Active 10 app will get some people walking on a daily basis. ARMA and a lot of ARMA members supported the campaign.

Physical activity at all ages is important for maintaining good MSK health. The issues are complex, and people with existing MSK conditions will find it more challenging to remain active and to know what is appropriate exercise for them. It is important that they get the right advice and support. The next ARMA/NHS England webinar is on sport, exercise and musculoskeletal training and delivery in the NHS. Do sign up and join us on 8th September, or watch the recording afterwards.

Not all the barriers to being more active are individual. I was interested to see that NICE are developing guidelines on how local councils can make it easier for people with limited mobility to be more active. This is looking at how the design and maintenance of streets and parks can make it easier for people, particularly those with impairments, to access. The guidelines are open for consultation until 2nd October and could be very relevant to people with MSK conditions.

Whatever your role – clinician, patient, policy maker, planner, provider of specialist or general sport or activity – we all need to play our part in promoting physical activity for everyone. ARMA and ARMA members will continue to play our part in this. What will you do?

New RA event in Solihull

NRAS are pleased to announce a FREE Rheumatoid Arthritis event in Solihull taking place on Saturday 16th September. The event takes place at The Village Hotel, Solihull (B90 4JG) and there is plenty of free parking available. Please arrive for refreshments at 13:30 with talks due to start at 13:45 and the event will run until approximately 16:00.
The keynote speaker is Professor Christopher Buckley, DPhil FRCP, Kennedy Professor of Translational Rheumatology, Director of the Birmingham NIHR Wellcome Trust Clinical, Research Facility, Director of Clinical Research, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology. Professor Buckley will present “New Treatments for Arthritis: a team based approach.”

There are limited spaces available so please email groups@nras.org.uk to reserve your place!

Free Training – Rheum 2 Talk

Rheum2Talk is a unique FREE interactive training day for rheumatology nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, consultants, registrars, medical students, GPwSI and anyone involved in care of those living with inflammatory arthritis.
This innovative and interactive workshop is designed to enhance your understanding of the emotional and sexual needs of your patients.

The training will take place at Salterns Harbourside Hotel (38 Salterns Way, Poole BH14 8JR) on Wednesday 11th October from 09:00 – 16:30.

If you would like to register to attend please inform us as soon as possible by calling 01628 823 524 or email gill@nras.org.uk. Please also feel free to let your colleagues know about this training event.

News from the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health regarding – 

  • the transition to Berlin from the United Kingdom;
  • the change in leadership;
  • and the arrangements for the G-MUSC Symposium and Annual General Meeting:
    Venue: Berlin, October 22nd – 23rd 2017

For more details on these items, open the G-MUSC Update in pdf.

Older People’s Day is celebrated on 1 October across the UK to coincide with the United Nations International Day of the Older Person (UNIDOP).

The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance is proud to join people across the world on Older People’s Day in celebrating the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society.

The CSP has assembled a page of Older People’s Day promotional material, presentations for healthcare professionals containing falls data and custom exercises for older people, and resources to help set up your own OPD event.

You can follow Older People’s Day on Twitter via @OlderPeoplesDay and #OlderPeoplesDay.

ARMA Stoke would like to let you know they are having their 3rd meeting of the year for the ARMA/Haywood user group.
This will be on Friday 15th September at 1pm in the lecture room at the Haywood Hospital, Burslem, Stoke -on-Trent.

Refreshments will be available from 12:30pm.

Presentations on the day include Brighter Futures (Mental Health), Osteoarthritis Day for patients, the Blue Iris Project and other updates from the hospital.

 

Bone & Joint Action Week, which runs from 12th-20th October, is our opportunity to highlight the importance of musculoskeletal health and the need to effectively prevent and manage conditions which affect it.

Musculoskeletal conditions affect nearly everyone at some point in their life; they are the biggest cause of disability in the UK, impacting more individuals than any other disease group. Musculoskeletal conditions can affect people of all ages, including children. If not treated appropriately, musculoskeletal conditions can hinder daily activities such as working, walking, climbing stairs, cooking and personal hygiene.

Taking action to improve the way we deal with the health of bones, joints and muscles is important at a national, local and individual level so that we can tackle the enormous impact of musculoskeletal conditions on people and society. Doing so helps people live well, independently and actively.

During this annually occurring event there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions.

12 October: World Arthritis Day

16 October: World Spine Day

17 October: World Trauma Day

19 October: World Paediatric Bone & Joint Day

20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

Bone and Joint Week 2017 is part of an international campaign.
Follow the campaign on twitter at @WeAreARMA and #BoneandJointWeek2017.

NASS are delighted to launch the second in their series of three videos explaining what Ankylosing Spondylitis is and how it affects people.

The animation ‘Ankylosing Spondylitis – Not just Back Pain’ describes how AS can affect other joints, tendons and ligaments, along with other areas including the eyes, bowels and skin.

We hope you find the video interesting.

Please do share it to raise awareness of how AS affects 200,000 people in the UK.

The British Society for Rheumatology is delighted to have won the contract to deliver a three year national arthritis audit, which will be instrumental in improving patient care in England and Wales. This is one of the largest projects that they will undertake over the next few years, and involve over 200 hospitals across England and Wales.

Read the full news here.

 

Autumn Conference 2017

This event brings together the entire rheumatological profession, giving you a rare opportunity to discuss complex cases in an informal setting.

Whether you are a consultant, trainee, nurse or a rheumatology related health professional, this is a great chance to share and exchange clinical best practice in-depth, as well as add to your CPD points. Book your ticket now!

 

Paediatric Annual Conference 2017

This high-quality educational and networking event is the 2017 must-attend conference for health professionals working with children and young people in the field of rheumatology.

Sheffield
4th – 6th October 2017
www.rheumatology.org.uk/BSPARconference

 

Annual Conference 2018

Abstract submission is now open for the Annual Conference 2018 – this is an opportunity to showcase the advances you’ve made in clinical science and patient care. Please view instructions on our website for how to submit abstracts for this flagship rheumatology event.

 

Core Skills for Nurses and Health Professionals Course

A two-day intensive course for allied health professionals and nurses with a specialty in rheumatology.

15 – 16 November 2017
Keele University
Details and booking via this link.

 

The British Society of Rheumatology has recently launched Rheumatology Advances in Practice, which is a new online open-access rheumatology journal.
Find out more via this link to the Oxford University Press website.

 

LUPUS UK has recently launched its campaign in build up to Lupus Awareness Month 2017 in October. The #THISISLUPUS campaign is encouraging people affected by lupus to share their experiences of the disease and the impact it has on their lives. By opening up about lupus more, we hope to show people something that they may not usually see – we aim to make the invisible visible.

We have decided to re-use a design for our campaign poster because it ties very well with our aims and generated a lot of conversation when we first used it five years ago. The ‘zip’ poster was designed by a lupus patient, Karen Fox, to highlight that lupus is often an invisible disease and that you cannot always know what is going on beneath the surface.

Click here to see the full poster.

The main focus of our campaign is on social media where we are encouraging people to share photos and videos about their experiences with lupus. We will be sharing these throughout October. We will also be using contributions to create a few videos which we hope will raise awareness of the impact lupus can have. You can learn more about this project and how to get involved at http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/thisislupus-video/.

 

East Midlands Lupus Information Day – Nottingham – Saturday 7th October 2017

The next LUPUS UK information day is taking place at De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre, Nottingham University, NG8 1BB on Saturday 7th October 2017. We have a number of expert medical speakers including:

  • Dr Frances Rees
    Consultant Rheumatologist, Nottingham
  • Dr Ian Todd
    Associate Professor and Reader, University of Nottingham
  • Alice Muir
    Lupus Nurse Specialist, Nottingham
  • Mandy McCartney
    Lupus Nurse Specialist, Leicester
  • Mr Dharminder Singh
    Pharmacist, Keyworth Pharmacy

Tickets are free of charge and can be requested online at www.lupusuk.org.uk/east-midlands-info-day-2017.

BASEM is excited to launch its new partnership with OrthoEvidence (OE).

OE is the global source for summarized, high quality orthopaedic research from around the globe and the service will provide BASEM members with premium access to summaries and critical appraisals of high quality orthopaedic research making them part of a growing community of more than 37,000 practitioners who rely on the highest-quality orthopaedic research to help improve their practice. 60% of OE members surveyed last year even stated that they had changed their practice as a result of reading OE reports.

For further information of this new membership benefit, read more from the OrthoEvidence page on the BASEM website.

Join our webinar on Friday the 8th September at 12pm to find out.

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK will be hosting a webinar Sport, Exercise and Musculoskeletal Training and Delivery in the NHS on the 8th September at 12pm in conjunction with ARMA and NHS England.

Speakers Dr Natasha Jones FFSEM, Vice President of the Faculty and Dr Mike Rossiter FFSEM will be detailing the scope of work a Sport & Exercise (SEM) Consultant covers, both within and outside of the NHS. There will be an example of how an NHS MSK service has been set up and run successfully and the positive impact it has on investigations and interventions.

Sign up for the webinar here.