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

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.


NICE launched a bursary scheme for voluntary and community sector organisations for the 2019 NICE Annual Conference which is taking place at the Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester on 9 May 2019.

The bursary offer

This year’s bursary package consists of a full day delegate pass to the conference worth £149 plus VAT. The bursary scheme is open to national voluntary and community sector organisations, local and regional Healthwatches, and can be applied for by completing and returning the application form. Further details of the bursary scheme and the application form are available on the NICE website bursary page.

The closing date for submitted applications is Friday 25 January 2019

NICE 2019 packs 12 hours of content into just one day:

  • Renowned keynote speakers, including conference host, clinician and broadcaster Dr Phil Hammond
  • Pills or prevention? Discuss whether transformative medicines or public health programmes will ensure the sustainability of the NHS
  • Case studies from the frontline on quality improvement
  • Future-focused parallel sessions exploring how the health and care landscape will be shaped by factors from genomics to Brexit in the coming years
  • Troubleshoot local implementation challenges with the NICE Field Team

View the 2019 NICE Annual Conference agenda for full programme of events.

The subsidised rate for the Health and Wellbeing at Work conference on 5-6 March 2019 at the NEC is available until 15 January 2019 at £40 (plus VAT) for both days.

The conference is all about improving the health and wellbeing of work-aged people and aims to provide new ideas and resources to help ensure employees are engaged and motivated, healthy, return to work quickly following absence and stay in work. Profiling national developments, service innovations, examples of best practice and the latest research, it provides an unrivalled learning platform that is designed to energise and inspire.

Booking is available on

The RCN Rheumatology Forum will hold their annual Rheumatology Nursing Workshop in London at the RCN HQ, on 28 June 2019.

Title and topics:
“RCN Rheumatology Nursing Workshop: Advances, innovations and challenges in rheumatology nursing”

20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0R
10:30 – 15:15

Are you an experienced or aspiring rheumatology nurse specialist, wanting to stay ahead of the curve? This clinically focused workshop is an opportunity to get the latest updates and developments to advance professional practice and deliver excellent patient care.

• Hear from leading experts on a range of topics including:

  • Emerging drug therapies – Understanding the JAK pathway,
  • Understanding vasculitis and the impact on patients with inflammatory arthritis,
  • What’s new in managing telephone advice lines
  • As well as strategies to demonstrate your value as a rheumatology nurse specialist.
  • Demystifying the BSR DMARD guidelines

• Attending the one day workshop will provide those all-important updates to support professional development, as well as an opportunity to network and share best practice with like-minded professionals.

• By attending this workshop attendees will:

  • hear from leading experts on current issues and challenges facing rheumatology practitioners
  • gain an in-depth understanding of emerging drug therapies and the importance of drug monitoring
  • advance knowledge and skills to deliver and promote excellence in care.

For further information, to view the programme and book, visit

The workshop has been developed based on the results of a survey monkey sent to all its members. The event will enable specialist nurses to continue to deliver excellent care, follow best practice and inspire colleagues despite continued NHS barriers and difficulties.

NASS was delighted to welcome 200 guests, including 30 MPs, to a reception at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 3 December to launch their Every Patient Every Time campaign and hold their Patients’ Choice Awards.

Announcements included the new All-Party Parliamentary Group for Axial Spondyloarthritis, which will oversee the implementation of the NICE Guideline and Quality Standard for Spondyloarthritis, and the Aspiring to Excellence programme which will encourage rheumatology departments around the country to share best practice and improve services in a collaborative manner.

The event culminated in honouring recipients of the 2018 Patients’ Choice Awards – given to health care professionals who had been nominated by their patients for their outstanding care during the year. Click here to learn more about Every Patient, Every Time and here to see who’s been honoured in the awards.

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:

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.