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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

New dates from the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

03 July 2019 – BMAS House, Northwich (South Manchester)

10 Sept 2019 – NCVO, London N1 9RL

A one-day course on acupuncture as a treatment for osteoarthritis, focussing on the hip, knee and other large joints.  Includes lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions to refresh existing skills to improve your expertise in this field.

This course is for regulated health professionals who use acupuncture in their practice and would like to revise or improve their knowledge and skills in the management of patients with osteoarthritis.

Lecturer: Dr Mike Cummings

Price from £155

Foundation courses in western medical acupuncture are also available.

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

Improving MSK Medicine & Rheumatology

Starts: Thursday, 22 November 2018 – 09:00
Ends: Saturday, 24 November 2018 – 13:00

Special Joint Injection Session (Pre-booked)
with speakers Drs Alan Walker, Arthur Mone, Simon McGraw and Ms Kirsty Smith.

Following the previous interest in injection workshops using cadavers, this year the PCRS is running
workshops on Thursday morning and afternoon, the first day of the Annual Conference.
As well as the traditional formalin preparations, there will also be Thiel-embalmed specimens this time, which give a flexible and more life-like experience. The hand, wrist, and the elbow regions will be featured. Our team of PCRS presenters will be joined by Kirsty Smith, specialist hand physiotherapist, who will add her insights to the subject.

Lectures:
Physical activity – Dr Jean Wong
The new community GPSI MSK Team – Dr Alastair Dickson
John Dickson Memorial Lecture: Chronic pain, surgery and use of opioids – lessons and evidence from low back pain studies – Mr Diarmaid Ferguson

This year’s workshops:
Is pain self-management your first choice, or last resort? – Pete Moore
Osteoporosis – Zoe Paskins, Keele
When does foot pain become arthritis? – Jill Halstead-Rastrick
NICE Guidelines for SpA- Spondyloarthritis -Who to refer to rheumatology: what to look out for and
what to do – Nicky Goodson
Developing the FSEM-PCR diploma. Discussion re the curriculum and developing it further – Jean
Wong & Andrew Jackson
Choosing Wisely – Shared Decision Making – David Pilbury
Gout – experiences developing an MDT, nurse-led clinic approach in primary care – Alastair Dickson
Ultrasound – Lucy Douglas/Tony Mitchell
Chronic pain/fibromyalgia – Mike Horsfield
Orthopaedic examination and case histories – Louise Warburton & Sukhman Kalra

Delegate booking:
Venue: Park Inn Hotel, North Street, York, YO1 6JF
Download this year’s event programme and booking application form (both PDF).
Visit the pcrsociety.org events page for details and enquiries.

Arthritis Research UK has developed the educational package Core Skills in Musculoskeletal Care. It has been created by GPs for GPs and aims to support professionals ‘get the basics right’ in musculoskeletal care and equip GPs with the essential knowledge, skill and confidence needed to manage the most common MSK conditions seen in primary and community care.

The package consists of the popular e-learning module hosted on the RCGP website as well as the new hands-on, interactive workshops.

See a video of the workshop in action.

Workshop dates:

  • Glasgow 25 September 2018
  • Manchester 1 November 2018
  • London 27 November 2018

Places are filling up fast so book today to avoid disappointment: www.coreskillsinmsk.co.uk

13 & 14 October 2018
Hilton Birmingham Metropole

The BCA is delighted to invite you to attend the British Chiropractic Association Autumn Conference 2018, brought to you with a fresh look and feel. The event has been organised and coordinated by a new team and is sure to be the chiropractic event of the year!

The event has speaker presentations and workshops focusing on patient-centred care. The BCA will be welcoming new graduate members to the association and celebrating the new council.

Are you passionate about getting the next generation of chiropractors involved in our association? Why not sponsor a student and help them keep their passion for patient-centred evidence-based practice alive! For more information visit bit.ly/BCAConf2018.

Conference highlights include:

  • The latest in chiropractic research, education and expertise, with inspiring speakers and informative sessions
  • The President’s Lectureto be presented by Alison Dantas
  • Welcome to Conference and Warm up with Kahoot!Catherine Quinn & Bronwen Henley
  • Know Pain:Mike Stewart
  • BCA Annual General Meeting
  • Knowledge Translation:Jørgen Jevne
  • Empower your Patients!Phillippa & Rhiannon Oakley
  • Playing Around:Luke Davies

Workshops to include:

  • Women in Chiropractic Panel:Catherine Quinn, Elisabeth Angier, Polly Hand, and Philippa Oakley
  • EMS DolorClast:Professor Maffulli (Shockwave)
  • Empowering Your Patients/Coaching:Philippa and Rhiannon Oakley
  • Playing Around:Luke Davies
  • Getting to grips with IRMER:Carl Irwin

Expected CPD Hours: 7.5 (subject to verification)
To view the full conference programme visit: bit.ly/BCAConf2018

Friday Evening Seminar
There will be an evening seminar on Friday 12 October 2018 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole entitled “A Practical Guide for Persistent Pain Therapy”. This seminar, presented by Mike Stewart MCSP SRP MSc PG Cert (Clin Ed), will help develop your communication and teaching skills and help people make sense of pain.
Seminar cost: £40
CPD Hours: 3 (subject to verification)
To book your place, please email mike@knowpain.co.uk or admin@knowpain.co.uk

Abstracts
Free poster presentations form an integral part of the conference and are a fantastic way for those working within the chiropractic field to share best practice, research and network with colleagues. Successful submissions will have their research displayed at conference.

Social Evening and Awards Ceremony
The evening of Saturday 13 October will include: street-style food, festival-style events, a live band and DJ, a gin bar, and the British Chiropractic Association Award Ceremony. So, let’s take it to the streets and celebrate!

The BCA looks forward to seeing you this October in Birmingham!

REGISTER NOW at bit.ly/BCAConf2018 
Early bird price valid until 31 August 2018

For further information email events@fitwise.co.uk or phone 01506 292 045
Follow @BCAConferences and use #BCAConf18
Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/bcaconference.

BMAS have scheduled a one-day course on acupuncture as a treatment for osteoarthritis, focussing on the hip, knee and other large joints. The course is comprised of lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions to refresh existing skills to improve your expertise in this field.

Thursday 27 September 2018

Venue: NCVO, London N1 9RL
Price from £155
Lecturer: Dr Mike Cummings

This course is for regulated health professionals who use acupuncture in their practice and would like to revise or improve their knowledge and skills in the management of patients with osteoarthritis.

Book online at: www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk

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

Time is running out to become a Champion of Musculoskeletal Care. The deadline for this unique opportunity is 17 June 2018.

Arthritis Research UK, together with Ashridge Executive Education, have created a bespoke leadership initiative with the aim of driving forward tangible improvements in MSK services within the local health systems of each Champion.

We are looking for individuals who are involved in the design, commissioning and/or delivery of musculoskeletal care, including front-line clinicians, public health practitioners, commissioners and service managers.

The Programme:
Duration of 18-20 months and involves:

  • 5 x residential learning modules at Ashridge Executive Education.
  • Development and delivery of a work-based MSK service improvement project.
  • 4 x Action Learning Sets.
  • Access to Virtual Ashridge – an online learning tool to complement your learning.
  • Ongoing support and connection with Arthritis Research UK and your fellow Champions.
  • Support from a network of mentors; eminent leaders within the MSK sector.
  • Support from a panel of patient insight partners.

Arthritis Research UK are committed to representing the communities within the system that we aim to affect, and so the cohorts of champions will be multidisciplinary and diverse and instead of hierarchical position, we will focus on the potential to lead, adapt to change and deliver impact.

The deadline for applications is 17 June 2018. The interviews will take place between 16 – 23 July, and the programme starts in October 2018.

To find out more, please visit the MSK Champion page.

Are you passionate about leading changes in musculoskeletal care?

Arthritis Research UK are delighted to announce the launch of the MSK Champions programme; a prestigious leadership development opportunity.

Together with Ashridge Executive Education, we have created a bespoke leadership initiative, which will support you through a unique development programme to become a Champion of musculoskeletal care.  If your application to this programme is successful, you will be supported and coached to drive improvements in musculoskeletal care within your local health system.

We are looking for individuals who are involved in the design, commissioning and/or delivery of musculoskeletal care, including front line clinicians, public health practitioners, commissioners and service managers.

We are committed to representing the communities within the system that we aim to affect, and so the cohorts of champions will be multidisciplinary and diverse and instead of hierarchical position, we will focus on the potential to lead, adapt to change and deliver impact.

 

The programme will be tailored to you, ensuring we fully meet your leadership development needs, and crucially support you to make the changes needed in your local area.

It will last for 18-20 months and involve:

  • 5 x residential learning modules at Ashridge Executive Education.
  • Development and delivery of a work-based MSK service improvement project.
  • 4 x Action Learning Sets.
  • Access to Virtual Ashridge – an online learning tool to complement your learning.
  • Ongoing support and connection with Arthritis Research UK and your fellow Champions.
  • Support from a network of mentors; eminent leaders within the MSK sector.
  • Support from a panel of patient insight partners.

 

If you would like to find out more about this amazing opportunity and how to apply, please contact us at champions@arthritisresearchuk.org

Guest blog by Satjit Singh, Chief Executive, Society for Promoting Chiropractic Education

It is great that most of us will live to an age that our parents could never imagine. Better living standards, improved public health and an NHS accessible to all, have all helped.

This is excellent, but living longer means that we are likely to be working longer. It also means that for us to enjoy that longevity, we need to live active, fulfilling lives. Too many of the population are afflicted by ‘aches and pains’, mainly back and neck, i.e. musculoskeletal. This not only has physical implications, but like so many chronic problems, has effects on mental health too.

Musculoskeletal problems are responsible for 30% of visits to a GP 1 and have an enormous impact on the quality of life of millions of people in the UK; 10.8 million working days are lost as a consequence of musculoskeletal conditions1. Our healthcare sector, already under so much strain, has to cope with the burden of an increasing number of people presenting with MSK issues; our economy certainly cannot afford to lose so many man-days.

Not only are we faced with an increasing MSK burden, we also lack the healthcare resources to deal with it. NICE recommends manipulation as part of the package of care to deal with this; however, regulated manipulative therapists, comprising mainly chiropractors, osteopaths and some physiotherapists, are nowhere near what the country needs. We only have 3,000 chiropractors, 5,000 osteopaths and some 1,100 physiotherapists who are members of the MACP 2, trained to undertake manipulation. We need more, many more. Not only do we have an ageing population, our health workforce is ageing too. We have seen the consequences of that amongst GPs; other professions are also not immune! The ability to access a ready pool of healthcare professionals from Europe, will reduce significantly, post-Brexit.

Looking around at the chiropractic profession, I saw that there were only three universities in the UK offering chiropractic degrees. Many schools in the country were not even aware of the profession, to make it available as a choice to their A-level students. Given the current rates of growth in the UK profession, it would take over a century to achieve current rates of chiropractor access in Canada or Denmark.

That is why The Society for Promoting Chiropractic Education was established last year. Launched by George Freeman MP, former Life Sciences Minister and Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board, it aims to encourage school leavers to consider a career in chiropractic; whilst simultaneously working with universities to offer chiropractic degree programmes.

London South Bank University has launched a new four-year masters course in chiropractic and students will start their course in Autumn 2018. What is especially important, is that students will learn in multi-professional settings alongside others studying physiotherapy, nursing and occupational health. This will ensure that future graduates understand how they fit into the wider health landscape. Other programmes are planned in poorly served geographical locations.

Our aim is to work towards a situation where healthcare professionals practising manipulation become part of direct access arrangements within GP practices. For that to happen, we need more of them.

References

  1. https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/ltc-op-eolc/ltc-eolc/our-work-on-long-term-conditions/si-areas/musculoskeletal/
  2. https://macpweb.org/home/index.php?p=366

7th Podiatric Sports Medicine Conference
in Association with European College of Sports and Exercise Physicians

Conference by The College of Podiatry Special Advisory Groups

The Podiatric Sports Medicine Conference is back in 2018 and will take place at the Hallam Conference Centre, London on Thursday 13 – Friday 14 September 2018. 

This two-day conference will include lectures, workshops and informal discussions delivered by experts from across Europe. Topics include: an update on aetiology, treatment and pathomechanics of achilles tendinopathy and plantar heel pain, regenerative medicine, extra-corporeal shock wave therapy and many more. 

Click here for fees and booking.

‘Lessons Learnt’
23 May 2018, Birmingham

 

This event is for orthopaedic consultants, nurses, orthogeriatricians, physiotherapists and anaesthetists involved in hip fracture care to attend. The day will be led by Orthopaedic Consultant and Chairman for the Trauma Group Committee, Paul Dixon.

The full programme has now been published and this promises to be an interesting and informative day for surgeons and multi-disciplinary colleagues. For further information please visit the BOA website here.

Please pass on to any of your colleagues who might be interested in attending as the BOA is keen to have a wide range of participants.

Training from the British Medical Acupuncture Society

Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis course
Wednesday 4 July 2018
Venue: BMAS House, South Manchester
Priced from £155
Lecturer: Dr Mike Cummings

Foundation Courses in Western Medical Acupuncture
for regulated healthcare professionals

Venues: London, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester

  • Four-day course for regulated health professionals
  • Experienced, medically trained lecturers
  • Comprehensive course notes
  • 100 Free needles

Further details & to register for courses: www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk
Tel: 01606 786782
email: admin@thebmas.com

Online booking is currently open for this year’s BASEM Foundation Skills Course on 10-13 June 2018 at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Shropshire. This three-and-a-half day residential course is aimed at providing a thorough grounding in the areas that make up Sports Medicine.

Hands-on and practical, it will cover anatomy, pathologies and practical examinations of the foot, ankle, knee, shoulder and spine; exercise physiology; nutrition in sport; sport and doping; practical rehab and event medicine.

Further information and an online booking facility are available on the BASEM web site www.basem.co.uk or by clicking on the following link: www.basem.co.uk/education/basem-foundation-skills-course/.