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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

In 2018 NASS held two community engagement conferences called NASS Voices, in Scotland and Northern Ireland, aiming to bring together people with axial SpA (AS), their families and friends, local rheumatologists, nurses, physiotherapists and others interested in the condition. The team wanted people to come with questions and leave with answers.

Feedback indicated that these events truly delivered on their promise, so NASS is excited to be running four more events in 2019.

Cardiff: Saturday 13 April 2019
Southampton: Saturday 11 May 2019
Leeds: Saturday 7 September 2019
London: Saturday 16 November 2019

These events will feature practical talks and activities delivered by rheumatologists, physiotherapists, branch representatives and members of the NASS team. “We hope that delegates enjoy sharing personal experiences and leave with new friendships, a full complement of self-care techniques and a greater ability to support others across the axial SpA (AS) community,” says Head of Communications and Marketing, Maxine Napal.

The new ASone Social will be held the evening before each event: a free, informal meet up where local people with an interest in axial SpA (AS) can connect. Interested parties don’t need to be NASS members, and need not have booked a place in the NASS Voices conference to attend this gathering.

The cost to attend NASS Voices is £10, which includes refreshments and lunch. Learn more on the NASS website or contact Lavinia on 020 8741 1515.


FFN UK hip fracture review meeting at Wolfson College, Oxford on 8 May 2019.

This multidisciplinary meeting, supported by the BOA, will bring together the leading experts from orthopaedics, geriatrics, anaesthesia, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation and secondary fracture prevention. However, the emphasis is on discussion and shared-learning, so please bring along your own experiences, suggestions and questions.

The number of places is limited to 120, so please book early by contacting:

Priority will be given to ‘teams’ of attendees i.e. a multidisciplinary team from each hospital is preferred to a single representative.

Confirmed speakers:
Paul Dixon – Introduction
Nick Welch – FFN UK: the patient’s view
Matt Costa – FFN UK
Xavier Griffin – World Hip Trauma Evaluation
James Golding – standardised protocol for hip fracture anaesthesia
Dave Keene – Hip fracture rehabilitation
Karen Hertz – Next steps for nursing patients with fragility fracture
Dom Inman – NHFD update
Faye Wilson – Next steps for Orthogeriatrics
Tim Briggs/Bob Handley – GIRFT update
Paul Dixon – The ‘Frailty’ BOAST

Friday 29 March 2019, 3:00pm

The importance of integrating psychosocial care into the treatment of long term musculoskeletal conditions is well established. What would this look like in practice? Using the example of the 3 Dimensions for Long Term Conditions service at King’s Health Partners this webinar will cover why and how to provide and effective integrated service which benefits patients and works for clinicians. The 3 dimensions service is not an MSK service, but the approach would work equally well in supporting people with MSK conditions.

Depression is the most common co-morbidity among people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and the presence of depression can lead to a person’s pain and overall disability being worse. Yet in a recent survey of people with RA, 2 in 5 had never been asked by a healthcare professional about their emotional or psychological wellbeing. Twenty two percent had a diagnosis of depression, but 37% of these were not receiving treatment for that depression.

The webinar will cover why we need to integrate mental and physical healthcare, common psychological reactions and symptoms. It will describe an example of psychosocial integration using a stepped care approach and explore the challenges and successes of joint working.

Presenter: Dr. Lindsay Ip, Principal Clinical Psychologist at King’s Health Partners (KHP)

Who should attend: This webinar is for anyone involved in providing or commissioning services for people with long term musculoskeletal conditions.

Register for this webinar:

The 7th World Congress on Controversies, Debates & Consensus in Bone, Muscle & Joint Diseases (BMJD) will take place October 17-19, 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan.

This is your chance to interact with international experts from all areas of rheumatology in one place.

The BMJD aims to reach consensus on controversial issues through debates and expert opinion, and provide updates on major topics of interest for your practice.

BMJD is a comprehensive Congress fully devoted to clinical controversies in bone, muscle and joint Diseases.

The BOA Annual Congress will take place at the ACC Liverpool from Tuesday 10 September to Friday 13 September.
The theme for this year is “New Horizons” and will look closely at Research, Education and Clinical Leadership.

Abstract submissions are now open and will close on Wednesday 6 March. Submissions for medical student abstracts will follow directly, opening on Thursday 7 March and closing on Friday 26 April.

Keep an eye on the Congress website for further programme and speaker information.


Versus Arthritis are delighted to announce that they’re now open for applications for the second round of the MSK Champions programme, a prestigious leadership development opportunity. 

Together with international business school Ashridge Executive Education, they created a bespoke leadership initiative, which will support you to become a Champion of musculoskeletal care. You’ll join a galvanized community of role models and ambassadors who champion change and work together to improve musculoskeletal care.

Are you passionate about leading change in MSK care?

If so, applications for the second cohort are now live and the programme will start in June 2019.

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity and how to apply please visit: or email

Key dates:

  • Monday 14th January – open for applications
  • Sunday 3rd March – deadline for applications
  • 29 March, 4 April, 5 April, 9 April, 12 April- interviews at our London office

Programme dates:

  • Online induction 23rd May at 10:00 am
  • Module 1 (residential at Ashridge) – 26-28 June 2019
  • Module 2 (residential at Ashridge) – 25-27 September 2019
  • Module 3 (residential at Ashridge) – 22-24 January 2020
  • Module 4 (residential at Ashridge) – 13-15 May 2020
  • Module 5 (residential at Ashridge) – 23-25 September 2020

How to implement the National Back and Radicular Pain Pathway (NBRPP)

12.30 – 1.30pm Friday 8 March 2019

The webinar aims to support the implementation of the National Back and Radicular Pain Pathway. It will initially explain the pathway and present data from early implementers to help make the case for change in your local area. The physiotherapist who led the implementation of the NBRPP across Cheshire and Merseyside as part of the Walton Centre Vanguard Project will talk about her experiences, common barriers to implementation and strategies to overcome them.

Back pain is the largest single cause of disability in the UK, with lower back pain alone accounting for 11% of the total disability of the UK population as well as the largest cause of sickness absence.

The NBRPP is the product of a unanimous consensus of 29 stakeholders based on best evidence. Its objectives are to provide a streamlined care pathway for radicular pain and an effective, managed pathway for patients with low back pain. Value impact analysis has indicated substantial cost savings in early implementation in the North East. The Pathway is demonstrating improved clinical results in patient clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Who should attend: All professionals involved in the commissioning and delivery of spinal care.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Stephen Hodges, NHS RightCare
Samantha Davies, The Walton Centre

Physio UK Conference

As part of the 50th Anniversary of the MACP, the Executive Committee made the decision to partner with Physio UK 2018 and work to deliver the MSK stream across the 2 day conference.

Labelled by CSP’s Karen Middleton as “the best Physio UK ever,” the conference attracted double the delegates of the last few years with a significant increase in abstract submissions from 84 to 328, with the majority aligned with the MSK stream.

Prof David Oliver, Clinical Vice-President of the Royal College of Physicians, delivered the Founders’ Lecture, and he was joined on stage by Jonathon Kruger, Chief Executive of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy.

NHS England’s Chief Transformation Officer, Helen Bevan, closed the event on 20th October, and in-between there were more than 30 sessions covering four specially selected themes with over 250 poster presentations. The MSK proved to be the most popular sessions attracting large number of delegates to hear clinically focused research and clinically focused debate presented by experts in their field.

PowerPoint presentations and poster abstracts are available free on the CSP website and the MACP are sharing some of the key note lectures from the MACP stream on the MACP website in the News section.


Nicola Heneghan, in her role of IFOMPT Member Organisation Delegate, has recently travelled to Reno, Nevada for meetings prior to the AAOMPT Conference (US equivalent to MACP). MO meetings are held ahead of the main conference with presentations from Advisory groups (Finance, Research, Branding, RIG Development). Advisory Groups were formed in 2016 with membership coming from MO Delegates and Executive Committee members to feed into and support the work of the IFOMPT Executive Committee. A number of key notes from IFOMPT EC and Standards Committee form part of the AAOMPT Conference with Ali Rushton and Laura Finucane both speaking.

There is much talk about IFOMPT2020 which will be held in Melbourne in October 2020, so we look forward to sharing with you the timeline for registration and abstract submissions in due course. The MACP will be offering mentorship to members thinking of or wishing to submit abstracts. Would be great to have a strong MACP presence down-under….. so watch this space for updates.