Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance
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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.

Events & Meetings

A new way of delivering MSK pain service: Integrated Pain Assessment and Spinal Service

Tuesday 20 November 12.30

The webinar will describe the Integrated Pain Assessment and Spinal Service (IPASS) which started in 2016 in Berkshire West. It will describe the previous state of pain management in Berkshire West and the reasons for coming together as a system to develop IPASS. It will cover how joint working with a strong patient focus can improve outcomes, and outline the positive outcomes post IPASS which has been recognised by the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) for a Best Practice Award in 2016.

Dr. Antoni Chan
Consultant Rheumatologist and Associate Medical Director, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Rupert Woolley
GP and CCG clinical lead for Planned Care

Anna Wylie
Operational service manager and Extended Scope Physiotherapist, Integrated Pain and Spinal Service

Register in advance for this webinar:

Supporting people with musculoskeletal conditions to be more active

Friday 30 November, 11.00am

The benefits of physical activity for musculoskeletal health are well known. Despite this, many people are less active than recommended levels. People with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions have additional barriers caused by their condition, particularly pain. What can be done to support people to be more active?

Three different initiatives attempt to do just this. Moving Medicine and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Love Activity campaign both aim to help supportive conversations with patients about increasing physical activity. parkrun MSK ambassadors aim to provide a safe environment to encourage and support people to walk or run or volunteer at their local parkruns. The webinar will look at how clinicians can encourage and support physical activity and how activity providers can better understand the needs of people with MSK conditions and how to make them feel included.

Who should attend? Anyone who works with people with MSK conditions, providers of physical activity and those working in public health.

Dr Ai Lyn Tan
Associate Professor, Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, UK University of Leeds, Leeds teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and parkrun Outreach Ambassador Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Conditions, for parkun

Hamish Reid
Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Sara Hazard
Assistant Director Strategic Communications, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists

Register in advance for this webinar:

The future of community MSK and social prescribing

22-24 November 2018
Park Inn Hotel, York

An educational programme of lectures and workshops for GPs, trainees and other members of the practice team to help develop core skills in musculoskeletal care.

This year we will also be running the ever-popular Joint Injection Sessions using Thiel-embalmed specimens of the hand, wrist, and the elbow.


  • Physical Activity
  • Sports Medicine
  • Chronic Pain Surgery and use of Opioids
  • The new community GPSI MSK Team


  • Is pain self-management your first choice, or last resort?
  • When does foot pain become arthritis?
  • NICE Guidelines for SpA – Spondyloarthritis
  • Gout – experiences developing an MDT, nurse-led clinic approach in primary care
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ultrasound
  • Choosing Wisely – Shared Decision Making
  • Orthopaedic examination and case histories
  • Chronic Pain

A friendly hands-on conference for GPs, Trainees and all members of the practice team.

Full programme and application form at:

Helen Livesley
PCR Society
PO Box 42, Northallerton
North Yorkshire DL7 8YG
Telephone: 01609 774794

As this newsletter goes out, the International Symposium on the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes will be under way in Ghent, Belgium. Philip Bull, HMSA Trustee and medical advisor will be there, and is one of the speakers on the patient day; and the HMSA medical advisor, Alan Hakim, will be there too.

Dr Philip Bull has been incredibly busy recently and over the past few weeks has trained over 300 GPs in Kent on the basics of recognising and managing hypermobility syndromes. Of course there are still 1000s of GPs we need to reach across the country, but as the saying goes ‘every little helps’ and we are really pleased that progress is being made.

The HMSA helpline is getting busier after the summer lull. School is back, so questions are coming in about hands, and the strain they’re under from writing. Talk to the teacher or the SEN co-ordinator (SENCO) if you think your child needs extra help.

Launch Event at Horizon Leeds, 3rd Floor, 2 Brewery Wharf, Leeds, LS10 1JR

23 October 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm

The Northern Musculoskeletal Collaborative Programme (#MSKnorth) is a regional approach to transformation in elective MSK care.

  • Do you want to improve musculoskeletal services?
  • Do you know what the priorities and opportunities are to improve musculoskeletal care?

The programme launch will be opened by Professor Peter Kay, National Clinical Director for MSK and will feature frontline clinicians who are leading change and transforming MSK services.

To learn more about the size of the MSK challenge and to hear about the potential solutions, reserve your free place via the event page on NHS England website.


The ARMA annual lecture will be on 21 November on the theme of physical activity. Three speakers will discuss three different perspectives on how to get more people, more active, more often. The event will discuss the roles of statutory, voluntary, private sectors and communities in addressing this important challenge.

  • the CEO of parkrun
  • the physical activity programme manager from Public Health England
  • a musculoskeletal specialist physiotherapist.

Look out for booking details coming soon.

The Primary Care Rheumatology Society’s annual conference is due to be held 22-24 November 2018 at the Park Inn Hotel in York.

They have put together a poster summarizing the event. Open it here.

Applications are now open and the Programme and Application Form are available via their event page.

The PCRS hope you decide to join them on the day and they look forward to hearing from you.

Bone and Joint Week 2018 runs from 12-20 October 2018, highlighting the reality that musculoskeletal conditions are a big problem in the UK: they affect nearly everyone at some point in their life; they are the biggest cause of disability in the UK.

Musculoskeletal conditions can affect people of all ages, including children. If not treated appropriately, musculoskeletal conditions can impact daily activities such as working, walking, climbing stairs, cooking, personal hygiene and mental health.

During Bone and Joint Week 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 and Joint Day
20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

Support and follow the campaign on twitter at @WeAreARMA by retweeting and look out for more information on