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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 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 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.

4th – 6th October 2017


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


  • 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


  • 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


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

Visit 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

Tel: 01606 786782 Email:
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 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.


On Friday 22nd September 2017, the British Acupuncture Council are holding their AGM for BAcC members. This is a free event that includes a lecture and drinks reception. The AGM is first in the weekend’s schedule of conference events taking place at Wokefield Park, Reading.

The British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
22 – 24 September 2017

Full details of conference speakers, workshops and prices can be found on