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EULAR

The Annual European Congress of Rheumatology will take place in Amsterdam, 13-16 June 2018.

Building on a record of 4,850 abstracts submitted in 2017, EULAR 2018 is expected to achieve more success than ever before. Submit your abstract and join EULAR in its endeavour to improve the availability of information and the ability to diagnose and treat all areas of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).

Submit your abstract

Abstract submission deadline: 31 January 2018 23:59 CET

 

Deadline is Friday 21st December. Please submit your completed essays entry to projects@arma.uk.net.

The Edgar Stene Prize 2018 competition is open to people 18 years and over who are living with a Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal (RMD) disease. The 2018 prize will be awarded to the winning essay on the topic:

“My personal champion – supporting my everyday life with a rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMD)”

For many people with RMDs it can be a long journey to receive the right diagnosis and appropriate treatment for their condition. The competition invites entrants to write about their personal experience. As the UK’s national member organisation of EULAR–PARE, ARMA will appoint a judging panel to decide upon the one essay we will submit to the competition on behalf of the UK.

Each entry should not exceed 2 pages (A4) and be submitted along with information about the author. Please see the full competition rules and letter to member organisations with further details on the essay theme.

The overall Stene Prize winner, chosen by a EULAR jury, will be announced by 15th March 2018. The 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 Amsterdam (13th June 2018) with travel and accommodation covered. The runner up will be awarded €700 and third place awarded €300.

If you would like to take part of the judging panel, please email ARMA at projects@arma.uk.net by Friday 1st December 2017.  

Bone and Joint Week 2017 runs from 12th-20th October

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

19 October: World Paediatric Bone & Joint Day

20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

Follow the campaign on twitter at @WeAreARMA and #BoneandJointWeek2017.

The Bone & Joint Decade, the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, gives an overarching theme for the week as well as encouraging active support of the individual days.

NHS England and ARMA published a blog from Professor Anthony Woolf, ARMA chairman to mark the start of Bone and Joint Week.

ARMA published a series of press releases about bone and joint week.

Bone and Joint Week 2017 is part of an international campaign to improve musculoskeletal health.

Round-up of campaigns during Bone and Joint Week 2017

A number of ARMA members are running campaigns during the week:

Arthritis Action: Arthritis Action are celebrating World Arthritis Day 2017 https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/wad17/

Arthritis Action’s Activity on World Arthritis Day https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/arthritis-actions-activity-on-world-arthritis-day/

You can read about Charlotte’s Story https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/living-with-arthritis/charlotte/

Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists:        

  • Sent out a press release including information on musculoskeletal health and its impact nationally, locally and individually and how acupuncture with physiotherapy can help treat and manage these conditions.
  • they included information about Bone and Joint Week within their October E-Newsletter, distributed to 6,000 members and are using social media to publicise the campaign.     

Arthritis Research UK:Nation’s joint problem’ campaign raises awareness of the true impact of arthritis on the individual and society.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy: The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is launching a Rehab Matters campaign this autumn. Community rehabilitation transforms lives and enables recovery for millions each year, reducing the number of people becoming needlessly disabled and prevented from leading active lives – from stroke survivors and people living with and beyond cancer, to hip fracture patients and people with long- term conditions like arthritis, coronary and lung disease. Currently too many patients have long waits for rehabilitation after leaving hospital, 50% of people who have had a hip fracture are not offered rehab when they leave hospital and if they are, most wait for over four weeks. Find out more from the CSP’s physiotherapy primary care summary briefing page.

College of Podiatry: The Patient’s Perspective – Ten Podiatry and Patient Stories, making a difference to the lives of podiatry patients.

EULAR: The World Arthritis Day is supported by EULAR, and their theme is “Don’t Delay, Connect Today!”. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis in preventing further damage to those living with RMDs, and to encourage timely access to evidence-based treatment. 
You can get involved by liking and sharing posts on our FacebookInstagram and Twitter (#ConnectToday).

Find out more at www.worldarthritisday.org/get-involved.

Fibromyalgia UK: See Fibromyalgia awareness week.

LUPUS UK:

“LUPUS: The Joints and Muscles” Factsheet
“LUPUS: Bone Health & Osteoporosis” Factsheet
“Exercising with Lupus” Blog Article
“Pain Management” Blog Article
“Exercising with Lupus” Video

NASS is delighted to launch the third in their series of videos about ankylosing spondylitis Managing Your AS. The video focuses on the importance of exercise for AS and the use of medication in managing the condition. This follows on from their two previous releases What is AS? and Ankylosing Spondylitis – Not just back pain.
NASS is asking that supporters share these videos with family and friends to help them to understand how AS affects their lives, and to generally raise awareness.

National Osteoporosis Society: See their campaign: A message to my younger self.

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: See www.nras.org.uk

NHS England: A blog from ARMA Chair Anthony Woolf was published, and they are supporting ARMA on social media.

The Edgar Stene Prize 2018 competition is open to people 18 years and over who are living with a Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal (RMD) disease. The 2018 prize will be awarded to the winning essay on the topic:

 “My personal champion – supporting my everyday life with a rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMD)”

For many people with RMDs it can be a long journey to receive the right diagnosis and appropriate treatment for their condition. The competition invites entrants to write about their personal experience. As the UK’s national member organisation of EULAR–PARE, ARMA will appoint a judging panel to decide upon the one essay we will submit to the competition on behalf of the UK.

Please let us know if you would like to be part of the judging panel by emailing Maristela at projects@arma.uk.net 

Please submit all completed essays to Maristela at projects@arma.uk.net by Friday 21st December 2017. Each entry should not exceed 2 pages (A4) and be submitted along with information about the author. Please see the full competition rules and letter to member organisations with further details on the essay theme.

The overall Stene Prize winner, chosen by a EULAR jury, will be announced in March 2018. The 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 Amsterdam (13th June 2018) with travel and accommodation covered. The runner up will be awarded €700 and third place awarded €300

The Edgar Stene Prize 2018 competition is open to people 18 years and over who are living with a Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal (RMD) disease. The 2018 prize will be awarded to the winning essay on the topic:

 “My personal champion – supporting my everyday life with a rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMD)”

For many people with RMDs it can be a long journey to receive the right diagnosis and appropriate treatment for their condition. The competition invites entrants to write about their personal experience. As the UK’s national member organisation of EULAR–PARE, ARMA will appoint a judging panel to decide upon the one essay we will submit to the competition on behalf of the UK. Please let us know if you would like to be part of the judging panel by emailing Maristela at projects@arma.uk.net by Friday 1st December 2017.  

Please submit all completed essays to Maristela at projects@arma.uk.net by Friday 21st December 2017. Each entry should not exceed 2 pages (A4) and be submitted along with information about the author. Please see the full competition rules and letter to member organisations with further details on the essay theme.

The overall Stene Prize winner, chosen by a EULAR jury, will be announced by 15th March 2018. The 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 Amsterdam (13th June 2018) with travel and accommodation covered. The runner up will be awarded €700 and third place awarded €300.

15-18 February 2018
Brussels

EULAR’s 2018 Annual European Conference of PARE will be addressing important topics in the area of early diagnosis, access to treatments and rheumatologists and prevention. Again we will be aiming to inspire, educate and empower delegates and their national organisations by providing expert keynote speakers, sharing best practices and a platform for exchange.

Venue:
Thon hotel EU,
Rue de la Loi 75,
1040 Bruxelles,
Belgium

In the coming months we will be sending you more information about the nomination and registration process. In the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Maria and Birte by email (maria.batziou@eular.org, birte.gluesing@eular.org)

In April 2017, EULAR released Issue 15 of their eBreakthrough magazine.

This edition of News from the Standing Committee of People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe includes:

  • An introduction to the new EULAR Executive Director, Dr Julia Rautenstrauch;
  • “Looking to the future” by Dieter Wiek, PARE Chairperson;
  • a report on online self-management in Ireland;
  • What do patients think about their care?


Click here to open or download e-Breakthrough
via the eular.org website, in PDF format.

EULAR has decided to organise a webinar every 3-4 months which will be run by one of the member organisations of EULAR PARE and which will highlight and introduce some of their activities.

You and your colleagues are kindly invited to join us for our second webinar. Everyone is welcome so please spread this information in your organisation!

This second session will be led by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society which is a member of ARMA, EULAR’s British member organisation. Ailsa Bosworth, CEO of the organisation, and her colleagues Clare Jacklin and Conn O`Neill will share information around two successful projects:

‘Behind the Smile’

This is a project we did in collaboration with Lilly. It started with a survey entitled ‘RA Matters’ which Lilly wanted to go out to a number of European countries. We worked with Lilly to develop the survey and key results were presented to an audience of NRAS members and volunteers in the UK parliament. As a consequence of this, a further piece of work was done to create a suite of 3 videos under the banner ‘Behind the Smile’ which comprised the story of a woman with RA (Jane) who kept saying ‘I’m fine’, a piece to camera by Prof. Iain McInnes to encourage patients to be open with their team and an NRAS volunteer who commented on Jane’s experience. Jane’s story to date has had over 55,000 views.

HealthCare Champions Awards

At the end of 2016, we held our 5th HealthCare Champions Awards. These awards are to celebrate rheumatology health professions who go ‘above and beyond’ what might be considered ‘normal’ care for their patients. It is open to all our members across the UK to nominate health professionals. After a process of screening the nominations, 13 winning individuals and/or teams (10 in RA and 3 in JIA) were selected by our judging panel and they were invited to an Awards Event in London in the UK parliament along with their nominating patients, to receive their Award from the Prime Minister. There are many layers of benefit in an event like this which we will explain.

The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, 29 March, 15.00 – 16.00 CET.

The webinar will be held via WEBEX and you will have to register in advance, with the EULAR secretariat to receive your details for joining in advance.

Please let Birte Glüsing (birte.gluesing@eular.org) know by 27 March 2017 at the latest if you would like to participate.