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 40 member organisations ranging from specialised support groups for rare diseases to major research charities and national professional bodies.

Events & Meetings

Arthritis Action will be holding a new two-day Self-Management Event on 2-3 July 2018 between 2pm–4.30pm at Millennium Third Age Centre, 11 Cranbury Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0LH.

The aim is to help attendees take control of the symptoms of their arthritis, covering topics such as:

  • The impact of physical therapies
  • How you can best manage your pain
  • The benefits of exercise and a healthy diet
  • Ways to work in partnership with healthcare professionals

This event will be free of charge and refreshments will be provided, and is open to all.

For more information, please contact info@arthritisaction.org.uk or 020 3781 7120 and Arthritis Action will be able to provide you with further details.

Alternatively, please register via this Eventbrite link.

June 4 – 8 2018 is Dietitians Week 2018, where the British Dietetic Association and its members and allies celebrate the work of dietitians. This year’s theme is “Dietitians Do Prevention”, which highlights the important role that dietitians have to play in prevention and public health.

We know nutrition and hydration underpin so much of our health and getting it right can reduce the impact of illness, aid recovery, or prevent some diseases and conditions altogether.

The theme is timely. Across the UK, prevention and public health are increasingly recognised as vital to improving health, and perhaps more critically, reducing pressures on our health and care services. It features prominently in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, in the most recent frameworks from NHS Scotland and the Northern Irish Health and Social Care Service and is embodied in the principles of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act. It has been made clear by everyone from Marmot to the NHS Confederation that we need to strengthen prevention and that it should be everybody’s business.

Musculoskeletal problems are one of the many conditions which can be prevented or at least alleviated with effective dietetic intervention. That might be helping people to lose weight so they place less strain on their joints or working with older people at risk of osteoporosis to ensure they get the calcium and vitamin D they need. Of course, prevention is more effective when done as part of a multidisciplinary team, and many of the examples that the BDA will be sharing throughout Dietitians Week don’t just involve dietitians, but include doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and others.

Prevention takes many forms and goes by many names, and it is not just those working in public health that do it. Whether you’re having a healthy conversation or making every contact count, supporting rehabilitation or reducing hospital admissions, celebrate the way that you do prevention. We can’t let the terminology get in the way of sharing best practice or spreading good ideas. We’d love you to tell us about it as part of Dietitians Week! Get in touch via dietitiansweek@bda.uk.com

AACP 2018 Leeds Conference

Open to all with an interest and passion for Acupuncture in Physiotherapy, this conference provides a full-day schedule packed with distinguished speakers educating you in the latest in acupuncture research and techniques.

The event takes place on Saturday 13 October 2018 at the Principal Met Hotel, Leeds.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

2018 Scotland Study Day

The Scotland Study Day sees speakers from a variety of professional backgrounds presenting on a range of acupuncture research and practice. Learn new techniques in western medical acupuncture that can be applied in your workplace the next day.

The event takes place on Saturday 3 November at the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Arthritis Action will be holding a new two-day Self-Management Event on 2-3 May 2018 between 2pm–4.30pm at Blackpool Central Library, Queen Street, FY1 1PX

The aim is to help attendees take control of the symptoms of their arthritis, covering topics such as:

  • The impact of physical therapies
  • How you can best manage your pain
  • The benefits of exercise and a healthy diet
  • Ways to work in partnership with healthcare professionals

This event will be free of charge and refreshments will be provided, and is open to all.

For more information, please contact info@arthritisaction.org.uk or 020 3781 7120 and Arthritis Action will be able to provide you with further details.

Alternatively, please register via this Eventbrite link.

The Hypermobility Syndromes Association, in partnership with Stickman Communications, hosted a Hypermobility Management Workshop on Saturday 25 February, with sections on exercise, pacing, flare-up plans, pain, and communicating about hidden disabilities.
The lecture-format sessions were in Hannah Ensor’s typical style – straightforward, with a dose of humour. The group discussions then provided a valuable opportunity to discuss and apply the information to daily life, sharing and exploring different solutions to the challenges we face.

Of course, being about pacing, what better opportunity to practice what we preach? Each ‘lecture’ was a maximum of 30 minutes, with wiggle breaks in between, and it was great to see the ‘beanbag corner’ being used as well as people standing up, moving and stretching when they needed to.

We asked Hannah Ensor, what was her favourite part of the day?

“Well, first I apologise for forgetting to put out plates with the snacks! But for me, there were two stand-out highlights: First, it was being reminded how incredibly useful discussing solutions with other bendies can be. During a discussion someone shared how their health care professional had recommended that they ‘pace’ their nutrition – so they don’t end up constantly having to rest after full meals, and instead eat little and often, which enabled them to avoid the post-meal crash. I am definitely going to look at whether this will help me too!

The second highlight was that every single person who handed in a completed feedback forms said they felt the workshop had improved their understanding of how to manage a hypermobility syndrome, and would be making changes as a result of the workshop. Which is totally awesome!”

Here are a few comments from the delegates:

  • “The formal sessions were excellent, but the opportunity to talk to others was the icing on the cake.”
  • “The session was fantastic, so useful and funny too! I learned so much.”
  • “[The most useful part was] the pacing info and being able to talk to others with HMS.”
  • “Very well presented in manageable chunks, delivered in a way that was very listenable to and easy to understand.”

‘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.

The LUPUS UK North Wales Lupus Information Day will take place on Saturday, 12 May 2018, in Llandudno.

The afternoon will feature a number of medical experts speaking, including:

“WHAT MEDICATION DO I NEED FOR LUPUS AND WHY?”
Dr Yasmeen Ahmad
Consultant Rheumatologist, Peter Maddison Rheumatology Centre, Llandudno Hospital

“FATIGUE – THE INVISIBLE BURDEN OF LIVING WITH SLE”
Anne Breslin
Rheumatology Specialist Nurse, Peter Maddison Rheumatology Centre, Llandudno Hospital

“CHALLENGES IN THE TREATMENT OF JUVENILE SLE (JSLE)”
Dr Eve Smith & Professor Christian Hedrich
NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, University of Liverpool, Paediatric Trainee Alder Hey Children’s Hospital & Paediatric Rheumatologist Professor of Child Health at University of Liverpool

“MINDFULNESS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH LONG TERM HEALTH CHALLENGES? A TASTER SESSION”
Trish Bartley
Senior Teacher and Trainer at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University


The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Venue: The Imperial Hotel Conference Centre, The Promenade, Vaughan St, Llandudno, LL30 1AP.

Tickets are available free of charge and can be requested online here.

The Primary Care Rheumatology Society Annual Conference will take place in November.

Start Time: Thursday, 22 November 2018 – 9:00am
End Time: Saturday, 24 November 2018 – 1:00pm

Venue:
Park Inn Hotel, North Street, York, YO1 6JF

More details to follow soon.

ASone wins European Award

NASS is delighted to announce our ASone website is the inaugural winner of the EULAR Young PARE Youth Award.

In summer 2017 NASS launched ASone, a platform aimed at young people with AS. It’s a community where young people can share their thoughts, feelings and experiences. ASone covers a range of issues including studying, relationships, managing AS and exercising.

Read more about ASone from the NASS website.

 

Axial Spondyloarthritis Seminar

NASS welcomed 40 osteopaths and chiropractors to our inaugural Axial Spondyloarthritis Seminar on 21 February.

Hosted by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the programme included talks from Dr Karl Gaffney (Consultant Rheumatologist), Mandy Rush and Andrea Lucchetti (Chiropractors), Zoe Clark (Osteopath) and Sally Dickinson from NASS.

All of the talks were met with enthusiasm and Dr Gaffney led a lively discussion around the most recent developments in AS and the issues that the groups of healthcare professionals face in referring people with suspected AS to a rheumatologist.

Read more about the event here.

Taking stock: Planning the future
25 – 28 September 2018, ICC Birmingham

Join the British Orthopaedic Association in Birmingham this September to celebrate its 100 year anniversary!

The BOA is delighted to be hosting its Centenary Congress at the ICC Birmingham.

The theme for this year’s Congress is ‘Taking stock: Planning the future’ and they are currently building an exciting programme which will be a dedication to the growth and success of the BOA since 1918.

Registering for BOA membership before 16th March to qualify for free registration to the BOA Congress.
Member registration will open on Monday 2 April and close on Friday 1 June 2018.

Please visit congress.boa.ac.uk to find out more.

 

At the end of January, I had the pleasure of experiencing an ARMA lecture for the first time. The lecture itself was excellent. No surprises there as it was delivered by Dame Carol Black speaking on musculoskeletal conditions, disability and employment. If you missed it, you can see the slides and video on the ARMA website. Twitter discussion using #MSKatwork continued into the following days. Between this and the follow-up articles on the talk (such as this one by the CSP), the audience for our message was huge. Thanks to Arthritis Action for supporting a fantastic evening.

What can’t be shared online is the amazing atmosphere at the drinks reception. We had a diverse audience of ARMA members and key stakeholders: policy makers, NHS England, Public Health England, voluntary organisations, clinicians and commissioners. Discussion was lively and animated. Many people meeting each other for the first time, realising they had common ground and could work together. I overheard plans to work on joint projects and I have no doubt that some exciting work will result. I’m looking forward to future ARMA webinars on initiatives whose seeds were sown that evening.

You can see a gallery of photos from the event here, as part of the lecture page.

This is ARMA at its best – bringing together a diverse range of people and finding the common ground. It’s at the heart of what we do, and a key part of our plans for 2018.

Our new knowledge hub will be launched soon and include an on-line forum allowing collaboration between different stakeholders. Look out for news on how you can use this. Our STP networks project is about to begin and will connect people at a local level to enable local collaboration and improvement. Let us know if you would like to get involved.

Whether locally, online or at an event like the ARMA lecture, it’s when people with a different take on the same issue get together that magic happens.

Musculoskeletal conditions, disability and employment

Dame Carol Black is the outstanding expert advisor on health and work and principal of Newnham College Cambridge. Her lecture, delivered in London as part of the ARMA Annual Lecture series, was on progress to date by government, health professionals and employers on musculoskeletal conditions and their impact on employment and a person’s wellbeing.

The lecture and reception was well attended with an interesting Q&A session and lively twitter dialog using #MSKatWork.

You can watch the lecture on this page, where you can also find the accompanying slides for the presentation and photos from the event, or see the video directly via our YouTube channel.

Presented in 2018 with the generous support of Arthritis Action.