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Events & Meetings

Arthritis Action invites you to a webinar dedicated to addressing coronavirus concerns for people with arthritis.

“COVID-19 and Arthritis: Live Q&A” will take place on Thursday 18 June 2020, 11am – 12pm

The webinar will be presented by Arthritis Action CEO, Shantel Irwin, who will be asking their Medical Advisor, Dr Wendy Holden, Consultant Rheumatologist at North Hampshire Hospitals, patients’ most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and Arthritis.

Anyone interested can register here. Attendees are invited to submit questions relating to this topic on or before Friday 5 June 2020, by emailing


First ever ARMA multi-disciplinary MSK health conference

Working Together to change the face of MSK

30 November 2020

Venue: Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London

ARMA holds its first ever multi-disciplinary MSK health conference – Working Together to change the face of MSK.

This one-day conference is a multi-disciplinary event covering some of the latest trends and practical examples on working together/integrated care for musculoskeletal health, transcending disciplines and boundaries.

The conference will support the delivery of high quality MSK services through a focus on excellent services, from prevention at a population level to excellent specialist services in orthopaedics, rheumatology and pain.

Topics will include:

  • The future direction of MSK health from the National Clinical Director for MSK
  • Patient involvement and co-production
  • MSK services building relationships with rheumatology
  • System-wide transformation of MSK services
  • Pain services, including an international example of MDT support
  • Workforce needs of an ageing population with multiple conditions

Confirmed speakers are:

  • National Clinical Director for MSK, Andrew Bennett
  • Camden MSK Patient Director and NHSE Lived Experience Ambassador, Cristina Serrao
  • Dr. Andrea Furlan, Project ECHO Chronic Pain/Opioid Stewardship, Ontario, Canada
  • Natalie Beswetherick, Director of Practice & Development, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
  • Lynsey Hetherington, ESP Podiatrist and MSK Service Lead North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • Carl Davies, Director of MSK, Berkshire West ICP, Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust and Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

The event will be in London, but can be moved online, should the coronavirus situation continue.

The event is aimed at MSK clinicians, managers and commissioners who want to align their working with current trends in the NHS towards integration, development of primary care networks and personalisation.

Book here with a special early bird fee.

The PCRMM Society is holding their annual conference in York at the Park Hotel, 12-14 November 2020. This year’s theme is “First contact practitioners” and there is a dedicated FCP stream running on Friday 13 November with workshops on interpreting blood requests, requesting musculoskeletal imaging and when to refer for inflammatory arthritis assessments. There will be a talk from Amanda Hensman-Crook who leads on the FCP programme for Health Education England.

In addition, cadaveric shoulder injection workshops are running at the University of York for delegates. As usual, there will be lectures and workshops on a variety of other subjects such as osteoporosis, the latest developments in Rheumatology, Pain and Fibromyalgia for other medical and AHP delegates.

Free CPD Webinar: Virtual Consultations with Mike James
Wednesday 1 April, 19:00

Join BASRaT live on Zoom to discuss all things virtual! The discussion will focus on the clinical considerations when conducting a virtual consult, including how to adapt assessments and rehab with the lack of face-to-face contact.

Mike will also share his thoughts on creating the perfect patient journey, and what you can do to attract new patients to your virtual clinic.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Mr Jones is 72 today. A few years ago, he would have celebrated with friends in the pub, but now the pain in his back makes is hard to go out and he gets tired quickly. So, he’s at home watching TV while his wife cooks a meal. He spends a lot of time watching TV and his back seems to be getting worse, but his GP says there is nothing she can do for him but being more active will help. That’s easy for her to say, he thinks, it’s not her back that’s in agony every time she stands up.

This is a common story in the UK, where musculoskeletal conditions such as chronic back pain are the biggest cause of years lived with disability. Social prescribing has enormous potential to help people like Mr Jones. Here are three things it has to offer:

  • You are not alone – one of the single most effective things that will help is peer support. To know that others are in the same situation can reduce the feelings of isolation and provide a source of hints and tips for coping form those who know what they are talking about. A link worker can sign post to the local groups, national helplines and sources of peer support run by our members.
  • Keep active – Mr Jones’ GP is right. Even when moving hurts, it can often be the best thing for conditions such as arthritis or back pain. Some people will benefit from a specialist programme such as Good Boost or Escape Pain. Others just need to find a local gym or activity group that is welcoming and encouraging. ARMA has two webinars explaining how fitness and activity providers can help people with MSK conditions be more active. The first of these would also help link workers understand pain and activity so they can better help people in this position.
  • Stay connected – Many people lose their social connections when an MSK condition makes keeping in touch more difficult. This can lead to isolation, loneliness and anxiety or depression – all of which make pain feel worse. A link worker supporting someone who has become lonely or isolated needs to ask about problems with pain or mobility. Not everyone will mention this without being asked. A link worker who understands how MSK can impact on the ability to stay engaged can help a person reconnect.

So, on Social Prescribing Day 2020, I would encourage everyone to “think MSK” and find out how social prescribing and community support can make a difference.

Resources to help:

Webinars on activity and fitness:

Patient organisations offering helplines, information, groups and support:

Arthritis Action
Arthritis Action offers members healthy eating advice, clinical appointments, exercise tips and pain management techniques.

Ehlers Danlos Support UK
Ehlers Danlos Support UK run the only helpline in the UK specifically to help anybody touched by EDS and at a local level, our network of volunteers run local support groups and regional facebook pages to help families, friends and patients.

Fibromyalgia Action UK
Fibromyalgia Action UK offers national helplines on fibromyalgia and benefits issues, an online support forum that is available 24/7 and a UK wide system of support groups.

Hypermobility Syndrome Association
Hypermobility Syndrome Association provides a helpline for support and advice, local support groups, and locally run Facebook groups for peer support.

National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society
NASS provides support and advice on exercising, medication and living with axial SpA (AS) including local groups and an online community forum.

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
NRAS provides a freephone helpline, NRAS local groups around the UK, and an online community.

Scleroderma and Raynaud’s UK
SRUK provides a helpline, local support contacts, support groups and an online forum.

UK Gout Society
UK Gout Society provides basic information to people living with gout, their families, friends and carers.

Versus Arthritis
Versus Arthritis provides a helpline, 24/7 arthritis virtual assistant, online community and local groups.

The last few places are remaining for the Escape-Pain 2020 conference on 24 March in London.

Speakers include the new MSK Director from NHSE, Andrew Bennett, Professor Mike Hurley and Sue Brown, ARMA CEO.

See the flyer for more information.

Word Day, March 18 #wordday2020

World Young Rheumatic Diseases Day is on 18 March aiming to raise the awareness and knowledge level of parents, doctors, primary practitioners, teachers, and the general public to help in early diagnoses, and a quick referral. It aims to improve the level of treatment children receive and their prognosis worldwide.

Find out more at the Word Day website.

Registration is now open for the second joint conference organised by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM). This year’s theme is ‘From Science to Services’, and the various speakers and workshops will aim to explore how cutting-edge sport, exercise and physical activity research is driving improvements in healthcare.

The conference will be held at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre in Sheffield on Thursday, 30 April 2020.

To find out more, or to book your place, visit the FSEM website.