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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 33 member organisations ranging from specialised support groups for rare diseases to major research charities and national professional bodies.

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The late Edgar Stene, who had severe ankylosing spondylitis, was a great promoter of co-operation between doctors, patients and community workers. The EULAR Edgar Stene Prize Competition runs yearly in his memory and honour. First prize is € 1,000 and the winner will be invited to attend the EULAR Congress in Frankfurt. Second prize is €700 and third prize is €300.

The 2020 prize will be awarded to the winning essay on the topic:

 “Being a person with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMD) – How my voluntary work benefits me”

The EULAR Edgar Stene Prize 2020 competition is open to people 18 years and over who are living with a rheumatic and musculoskeletal (RMD) disease.

EULAR said, “People with RMDs are invited to write about their personal experiences. We all want to live life to the fullest and independently and work is an essential part of our life. But for many people with RMDs it cannot always be a paid employment or a fulltime job due to the challenges caused by the disease. Voluntary work can be equally fulfilling and being a great opportunity to be contributing to society as essential part of it. Thankfully this has also been noticed by the society in recent years and volunteering has become more positively acknowledged and appreciated in many countries. We would love to hear why people with RMDs are volunteering, their motivation and what they are doing. Also, what experiences they have made in their country, what challenges they face but most of all about the personal benefits related to voluntary work.”

As the UK’s national member organisation of EULAR–PARE, ARMA appoints a judging panel to decide upon the one essay we will submit on behalf of the UK.

You are invited to send in an essay NOT exceeding two pages of A4 in Ariel 12 point. The deadline for the competition is Thursday 5 December 2019.

Competition rules

Please submit all completed essays, along with your name, email address and telephone number to by Thursday 5th December 2019. 

Please see the full competition rules before you apply. Consent forms [Word docx] also need to be completed for each entry.

The Edgar Stene Prize winner, chosen by a EULAR jury, will be announced by 15 March 2020. The Edgar Stene Prize winner will be awarded a prize of € 1,000 and will be invited to attend the Opening Plenary Session of the EULAR Congress in Frankfurt with travel and accommodation for four nights covered and an invitation to the EULAR Congress Gala Dinner.

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with Public Health England and Sport England to launch a new physical activity e-learning programme to help healthcare professionals to champion physical activity with patients.

The e-learning programme, which is aimed at GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals, will familiarise the learner with the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity guidelines.

This e-learning course prepares GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals to champion the benefits of physical activity with their patients and, in doing so, help prevent and manage a range of common physical and mental health conditions.

Among the course resources are a ‘how to’ video on “Motivational Interviewing” and a guide to “Promoting Physical Activity in Primary Care”. Satellite sessions explore people’s changing needs across the life course and the crucial impact of physical activity on children, young people and older adults. This programme also gives a comprehensive guide to the use of physical activity in the clinical management of long-term conditions including: cancer, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, musculoskeletal health and mental health. 

The programme is available on the e-LfH Hub and via AICC links.
For more information about the programme, including access details, visit the website.

The BOA is pleased to launch its newest BOA Standard (BOAST) on ‘Fracture Related Infections’ (FRI).

The BOA Trauma Group has produced this document, which is supported by the Orthopaedic Trauma Society and the British Limb Reconstruction Society.

It is available online here.

The Institute of Osteopathy has published a case study into the use of Patient Reported Outcome Measurement (PROMs) to measure patient outcomes after osteopathic care.

There is a need for osteopaths to collect robust outcome data from their patients about the care provided, to allow reflection and promote good patient management. Patient data will help the osteopathic profession and individual osteopaths understand more about the response patients have to treatment and ultimately improve patient care.

Read the PROMs impact report here.


The new and improved

The new HMSA website is something a lot of people have been working on in the background for quite some time, a process complicated by the collapse of the old site at the worst possible moment. TeamHMSA is bursting at the seams with excitement, not least because of some of the new functionality the site has, including:

  • A brand new dedicated Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) section. 
  • Simple content submission – if you love writing about your experiences/blogging, you will be able to send content directly to us
  • Fundraisers can set up their own pages/events, and anyone can donate directly.
  • Apply to volunteer for the HMSA using a simplified direct process.
  • Dedicated Kids Zone
  • Dedicated video section
  • Dedicated blogs area
  • Become an HMSA member directly, bypassing the separate shop. New payment methods are now available, including an option for automatic membership renewal. 
  • Subscribe to a new ‘occasional news’ email list
  • The new interactive site is much cleaner, tidier and far more user-friendly!

The site is not ‘complete’, in the sense that it doesn’t have all the content on it yet, but all key information has been transferred and we’ll be adding the remaining information along with new material over the coming weeks and months. We hope you’ll love it as much as we do. We’d like to say a massive thank you to our volunteers for pulling this together while keeping up with their ‘normal’ volunteering positions too!

Our members are the reason we do what we do, thank you so much for your patience while we’ve been beavering away on the invisible technical back-end of things. We are spoiled by the generosity of the members and supporters we have; it’s a genuine pleasure to work for you and make a difference, however small, to so many people simply by sharing our experience, tips, short cuts and sympathy. We remain committed to our core values: that quality information is vital for everyone; that there’s always something that can be done; that no-one should ever feel alone and that we really are all better off together. These last few months you’ve proved that back to us and we’re profoundly grateful for your patience and encouragement.

You can find the new site at We have heard a few people are having issues getting past cached versions of the old website on some mobile devices. If that is you, please visit (our old shop), and use the ‘click here’ link to reach the new site. This should refresh your browser and get you to the shiny new site with all its bells and whistles!

The team are now catching their breath while we settle into our new surroundings and iron out any little bumps that pop up, so please bear with us, more exciting new changes are ahead and we simply can’t wait to share them; but first, we are (in the most ‘on brand’ way possible) pacing ourselves!

All the best,
Flick McLuckie



Arthritis Action has launched a new webpage featuring arthritis-friendly exercises using animated images (GIFs). These chair-based strength and conditioning exercises were developed in partnership with wellbeing organisation Oomph!,  mobilising different parts of the body.

The exercises were designed with the aim to recondition and build mobility and confidence in people who have not been keeping active. The can be viewed on the Arthritis Action website.

This Bone and Joint Week, 12-20 October 2019, what can you do to promote MSK health? Whether you’re a commissioner, transformation lead, GP or health professional, find resources on this page for improving musculoskeletal health.

Everyone –
Sign up to our free, monthly e-newsletter; check out the recordings of our webinars; See the documents, Musculoskeletal health: 5 year prevention strategic framework, Musculoskeletal health: Applying All our Health, and Public Health England’s website for infographics.

If you work for a CCG, STP, ICS, PCN –
Ensure you commission the ARMA core offer to meet the requirements of the long term plan for MSK. Watch the ARMA/NHSE Good practice webinars. See the National Back Pain Pathway.

MSK healthcare professionals –
Support good self-management by asking about psychological wellbeing at every appointment and making sure patients know about peer support from patient groups.

GPs and other non MSK specialist healthcare professionals –
Ask about bone and joint health, reinforce preventative messages and know the signs of less common MSK conditions. See the resources e.g. RCGP e-learning modules, and toolkits for less common MSK conditions.

If you work in Public Health – make MSK health a priority in what you do. See the document Musculoskeletal health: 5 year prevention strategic framework and Public Health England’s website for infographics.

Business in the community/Public Health England/ARMA toolkit.

Physical activity and musculoskeletal health event

Supporting customers with musculoskeletal conditions

3 December, 10.30 am – 4 pm
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road,
London NW1 7AY

Encourage your customers with long term musculoskeletal conditions to be more active. Be part of the solution to improving their health.

The We are Undefeatable campaign is encouraging people with long term conditions to be more active. Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are the most common long-term conditions, affecting around 18 million people in the UK of all ages. Being more active is beneficial to people with MSK conditions in almost all cases, so these messages will be reinforced by doctors.

  • Do you know how to make your services accessible to people with MSK conditions?
  • Are your staff members confident to support someone in pain to exercise?
  • Do they understand how being more active benefits people’s mobility and can reduce pain?

You will learn:

  • The different types of MSK conditions and how physical activity can help them
  • Understanding pain, how to support people in pain who want to be active, and why you should.
  • How to create a comfortable environment for people who may struggle to be active and keep them coming back
  • Specialist programmes and activities you could consider including in your offer
  • Social prescribing and engaging with your local NHS

Who should attend?

  • Managers in in gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools; any provider of activity.
  • Companies and voluntary organisations providing activities such as running or cycling clubs, walking groups, etc.
  • Local government leisure services and public health staff.

Register for the event via this link.

Sponsors and supporters

Speakers include:

  • David Vaux, Therapies manager and Exercise project lead Arthritis Action, Registered Osteopath, conditioning coach & occupational health advisor with over 20 years’ experience of working with the fitness/human performance industry.
  • Benjamin Ellis, Senior Clinical Policy Advisor, Versus Arthritis
  • Rebecca Jones, National Partnerships Lead Health and Inactivity, Sport England
  • Simon Chapman, Deputy Director Personalised Care Group, NHS England
  • Ben Wilkins, CEO, Good Boost

Download this page as a flyer [PDF].