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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.

Courses Classes & Study

The RCN Rheumatology Forum would like to report that in September 2017 the 4th edition of the RCN Biologics guidance document for Rheumatology Practitioners went live: “Assessing, managing and monitoring Biologic therapies for Inflammatory Arthritis

It is available online now as a downloadable PDF via our link: my.rcn.org.uk/RCNguidance.

Strategy Day

On the 17th Nov 2017 the RCN Rheumatology Forum are planning to meet for a (self-funded) Strategy Day where future projects and final details of the forthcoming RCN Rheumatology Nursing Workshop will be discussed.

The RCN Rheumatology Nursing Workshop 2018

This best-practice event is to be held at the RCN HQ on the 12th January 2018, starting at 11am and finishing around 3pm.

Topics include:

  • patient fatigue
  • pain
  • leadership and resilience training
  • psychological impact of chronic disease
  • Biosimilars update and how they impact on practice
  • Rheumatology Specialist Nursing Competency frameworks.

This workshop has been developed and based on the results of a forum survey which asked you to identify issues relating to the management of rheumatological disease, interventions, treatment and support.

The aim of the workshop is to address these issue as well as developing the unmet need of clinical leadership skills and personal and professional resilience. This event will enable specialist nurses to continue to deliver excellent care, follow best practice and inspire colleagues despite continued NHS barriers and difficulties.

The BSR is delighted to have launched a mentoring scheme exclusively for all our members, whether you are a newly qualified or experienced professional. The mentoring scheme is a flexible and open platform that matches developing professionals to trusted mentors with relevant skills and knowledge. This brand new service is open exclusively for members – and completely free!

Find out more to sign up as a mentor or mentee: www.rheumatology.org.uk/Professional-Development/Mentoring

2018 Annual Conference

Register interest to attend our flagship event, the 2018 Annual Conference, by emailing the events team – events@rhuematology.org.uk.

‘Rheumatology in Northern Ireland – the State of Play’ report

We recently published our new report with Arthritis Care Northern Ireland, which presents rheumatology services in Northern Ireland from clinical and patient perspectives. View it here: bit.ly/2yuAdcu.

Myositis Masterclass is back!

Book now for this popular masterclass aimed at consultants and trainees. The course provides attendees with a comprehensive myositis training package, covering neuromuscular assessment and how to improve overall quality of care for patients.

Date: 7-8 December 2017
Location: Manchester
Book here: www.rheumatology.org.uk/Education-Courses/Myositis-Masterclass

Best practice awards deadline is approaching

The deadline for BSR members to apply for the Best Practice Awards is Monday 30 October 2017 – promote best practice in rheumatology and innovation by submitting an application.

Apply here: www.rheumatology.org.uk/Knowledge/Best-Practice

Event name: Primary Care Rheumatology Society Annual Conference
Date: 16-18th November 2017
Location: Park Inn Hotel, York

Timings: Thursday 16th November 12 noon – Saturday 18th November 12.30pm

The annual PCR Conference in York features a highly respected hands-on, friendly educational conference for GPSIs in MSK + Rheumatology and members of the practice team where you can learn from, build contacts and mix with your peers.

This year’s lectures include:

  • Nice guidelines on Back Pain, implications for treatment
  • Musculoskeletal Evidence Update
  • Pain self-management. Is it your first choice or last resort?
  • “Sarcopenia- a new look at the muscles in musculoskeletal medicine”

For details of the workshops and a link to the programme, please see the conference flyer.

For booking, visit this link: www.pcrsociety.org/events/124

The Health Professions Acupuncture Group (HePAG) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the AACP, providing Acupuncture Foundation Courses to Osteopaths, Sports Therapists and Chiropractors.

For practitioners wanting to increase their earning opportunities and scope of practice, add acupuncture to your skill set by registering on one of our acupuncture foundation courses.

For more information, visit www.hepag.org.uk/events/foundation.

The annual PCRS Conference in York features a highly respected hands-on, friendly educational conference for GPSIs in MSK + Rheumatology where you can learn from, build contacts and mix with your peers.

Start Time           Thursday, 16th of November 2017 – 12:00
End Time             Saturday, 18th of November 2017 – 13:00

There are still places available and you can now see the full conference programme with expanded details of the Workshop sessions, and download the delegate application form here.

For details of the venue, visit the event’s page on the PCR Society website.

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.

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.

 

The UK’s largest acupuncture association is taking its conferences on the road to Bristol and Edinburgh.

The AACP conferences provide a full day packed with distinguished speakers to educate you in the latest acupuncture research and techniques. All AACP conferences are designed to ensure every delegate learns and develops new techniques in western medical acupuncture that can be applied in their workplace.

Bristol Conference

Date: 23rd September 2017

Location: Holiday Inn Bristol – Filton, Filton Road, Bristol, BS16 1QX

Speakers:

  • Sinead McCarthy – Acupuncture in men’s health
  • Val Hopwood – UK Acupuncture from a political and historical perspective
  • Tianjun Wang – Scalp Acupuncture
  • Lesley Pattenden – Low Back Pain
  • Tom van Calster – The role and importance of Acupuncture in Musculoskeletal problems – practical demonstration: Treatment of Neck pain.
  • Dr Elisa Rossi, MD. – Acupuncture in Paediatrics

 

Edinburgh Conference

Date: 21st October 2017

Location: Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW

Speakers:

  • Cheryl Mason – Acupuncture in Womens Health
  • Amos Ziv – Meridian Wave Acupuncture Theory (with practical)
  • Marjolijn Visser – Acupuncture as part of western medical treatment
  • John R. Cross – Acupressure for Neurological Conditions
  • Johnny Wilson – subject TBC

Price:

  • £110.00 AACP Members (please log in to apply the members discount)
  • £140.00 Non-AACP Members

Visit www.aacp.org.uk/events/conferences to find out more and book your place today!

Venue: Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE
Price from £140

Saturday 28 October 2017

Update yourself on the latest research into acupuncture, catch up with news, network with colleagues and earn CPD hours. Speakers to include:

  • Geoffrey Burnstock: Purinergic signalling and its involvement in pain and acupuncture
  • Berthold Henkel: Acupuncture for pain control after caesarean section
  • Taras Usichenko: Analgesic effects of auricular acupuncture
  • Catharina Klausenitz: Auricular acupuncture for exam anxiety in medical students

For further details and to register for courses, visit www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk/event-registration.

Tel: 01606 786782 Email: admin@thebmas.com
BMAS House, 2/3 Winnington Court, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 1AQ

 

Foundation Courses in Western Medical Acupuncture

Courses for regulated healthcare professionals at venues in London, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester.
A four-day course for regulated health professionals:

  • Experienced, medically trained lecturers
  • Comprehensive course notes
  • 100 Free needles

 

Bookings are now open for the RCN rheumatology study day being held on 12th January 2018.

RCN Rheumatology Nursing workshop 2018
‘Rheum with a view’

Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London W1G 0RN
13:00 – 15:00

More information can be found here, including the event programme.

 

New Inflammatory Arthritis Publication

The newly updated guidance “Assessing, managing and monitoring biologic therapies for inflammatory arthritis” will soon be available to access from the www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/publications page.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has now published its new guidance and cost effectiveness appraisal on the use of bisphosphonates for preventing bone fractures in people at increased risk. The new guidance links a person’s risk of having a bone fracture with the point at which treatment should be started, based on cost effectiveness – this is called a multi technology appraisal.

It recommends treatment with the bisphosphonate drugs alendronic acid, ibandronic acid and risedronate sodium as options for people who have at least a 1% risk of a bone fracture within the next 10 years. The guidance says that the 10-year probability of having a bone fracture should be estimated using the FRAX or QFracture risk tools, in line with NICE’s existing guideline on osteoporosis, but also based on clinical judgement.

The National Osteoporosis Society’s Clinical Director Fizz Thompson said: “Anything which removes barriers for people getting treatment for osteoporosis is a welcome step forwards. We will continue to work with NICE and other professional bodies to make sure there is clarity and understanding on prescribing osteoporosis medications.”


Bone Densitometry Course 2018 – Booking now open!

The National Osteoporosis Society is working to improve standards in bone densitometry practice in the UK and we want you to join us!

If you’re a Health Professional with an interest in osteoporosis and bone health, you’ll know how important this is.

Our Bone Densitometry Course only takes place once every two years, and fills up very quickly. That’s because it’s the only course in the UK that offers a Certification in Bone Densitometry.

Booking for our 2018 course  – which takes place in Birmingham next March – is now open.  The course is suitable for all healthcare professionals or clinical scientist bone densitometry operators.

Be one of the first to book. You’ll receive 12 CPD points over two days and have the option to gain a Certification in Bone Densitometry following the course.

Spaces are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment.

 

Chiropractic: It’s not what I do, it’s who I am
(also commemorating 20 years of the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic)

30th September – 1st October 2017
University of South Wales

Speakers include: Josh Wagner, John M Ventura, Richard Brown, Ulrik Sandstrøm and Michael Stone

Harnessing and improving a practitioner’s skills to be the ‘Gold standard’ in spine care.
Includes a look at the impact of Chiropractic on Public Health.
Practical workshops to enhance clinical skills in an interdisciplinary setting.

Read more from the chiropractic website.