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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

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) wishes to inform you about their autumn conference which is taking place on the 12 and 13 October 2019 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, with speaker presentations and workshops focusing on Chiropractic: Across the Ages.

There will be the President’s Lecture again this year, as well as talks and workshops from Dr Steve Williams, Jake Cooke, Aurelie Marchand, Jesper Dahl – plus much more!

Programme Highlights:

  • Welcome to Conference and Warm up with Kahoot! Catherine Quinn & Bronwen Henley
  • President’s Lecture
  • How to make your clinic a trusted centre in your community – Simple principles to build a good reputation in your area without using selling techniques: Tone Tellefsen Hughes
  • The hip OA continuum – balance between force and form: Jesper Dahl
  • British Chiropractic Association Annual General Meeting – taking place Friday 11 October
  • Bad balance, bad back: Dr Jake Cooke
  • Clinical gems for the older child – this is a provisional title which may change: Dr Steve Williams
  • And more!

Workshop Highlights:

  • ChiroConnect workshop – A hands on session where we will help you to start creating the building blocks for your outreach programme in your community for people of all ages: Tone Tellefsen Hughes & Jennifer Hudson
  • Don’t skip the hip! Jesper Dahl
  • Assessing balance and preventing falls: Dr Jake Cooke
  • Receptionists & Assistants Training: Celia Champion
  • A Royal College of Chiropractors workshop on Evidence-Based Management of Acute Onset Cervical Radiculopathy: Mr Stuart Smellie & Dr Jonathon Field
  • And more!

Student sponsorship

Are you passionate about getting the next generation of chiropractors involved in our association? Why not sponsor a student and help them keep their passion for patient-centred evidence-based practice alive! You can do this whilst you are registering your own place at conference or if you are unable to attend conference but still wish to sponsor a student place please do so via this page.


Free poster presentations form an integral part of the conference and are a fantastic way for those working within the chiropractic field to share best practice, research and network with colleagues. Successful submissions will have their research displayed at the conference. Submitting an abstract is an easy online process – all submissions should be made before the closing date of 16 August 2019.

Social Evening and Awards Ceremony

Join the BCA on Saturday 12 October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole for their Social Evening and Awards Ceremony.
Drinks reception begins at 7.30pm and the night will end at 1am.

The night will include:

  • A welcome reception
  • 2 course dinner with circus themed dessert station
  • BCA Award Ceremony
  • Live music from Audible Release and Double Take

Register now at

The Early Bird price is valid until 30 August 2019.

For further information email or phone 0118 950 5950.
Follow @BCAConferences and use #BCAConf19.
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Register for a new webinar

The next ARMA webinar is on ‘Addressing the burden of rheumatic and musculoskeletal foot and ankle pain.’

You can sign-up for free to this NHS England and ARMA webinar, to watch live or get a link to replay the recording when it suits your schedule.

Although foot and ankle pain affects an estimated 20% of the general population and this figure rises to around 90% in people with rheumatoid arthritis, they are frequently trivialised and overlooked. Podiatry and foot health services should, therefore, be a vital part of all MSK and rheumatology services but all too often that’s not the case.

This webinar will explore the role of podiatry in multidisciplinary rheumatology and MSK teams and provide examples of how foot health needs can be provided within clinical pathways.

The first presentation by Dr Mike Backhouse (University of York) will summarise the latest evidence regarding access to foot care services, update attendees on the latest guidelines, and provide examples of different models for delivering foot health services. Professor Cathy Bowen (University of Southampton) will then look at the early findings from a systematic review of guidelines for the management of foot health. She will discuss her recent analysis of the UK GP database of encounters and referrals for foot pain and arthritis. She will also present common themes emerging from interviews with GPs and commissioners, patients, and podiatrists and consider how foot health can be addressed in MSK pathways.


Dr Mike Backhouse has a background in podiatry having qualified from the University of Southampton, and over a decade of experience in applied clinical research. His research is highly multidisciplinary and ranges from large pragmatic clinical trials to imaging and mechanism of action studies, all of which aim to improve the lives of people with musculoskeletal disease and other long term conditions.

Professor Catherine Bowen has a specific education and research focus related to investigation and management of inflammatory and non-inflammatory arthritic manifestations within the foot and ankle. Catherine currently holds a UK NIHR Fellowship award investigating optimal models of foot care for individuals who have osteoarthritis (OA). As Professor in Podiatry at the University of Southampton and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Oxford, Catherine leads a multi-professional research partnership with a focus on MSK foot and ankle pathology.

Who should attend:

The webinar is aimed at commissioners and managers of MSK services and everyone involved in treating patients with MSK conditions affecting foot health.

Time for live webinar

10 May 2019, 12:30-1.30 pm

If you can’t join live, sign-up to get a link to replay the webinar recording at a convenient time.

Registration link:

King’s Health Partners Inter-Disciplinary Autoimmune Diseases Training Day
13 April 2019
Presented by Dr. James Galloway, Christian Pankhurst, Matthew Collison & Rebecca Roopnarine.

This free study day is open to all medical, nursing and AHP staff involved in managing patients with autoimmune conditions and will focus on the identification and management of musculoskeletal complications.

For more details and the programme for the day, please visit the event page.

BOA Annual Congress, 10–13 September 2019 – Members’ early bird registration opens next week!

The theme for the 2019 Congress is New Horizons in Research, Education and Clinical Leadership, which will be incorporated throughout all of the plenary and breakout sessions. Early bird registration for BOA members will open on Wednesday 10 April and will close on Tuesday 4 June at 23:59.

This year’s Presidential Guest Lecturer has now been confirmed as Per Kjaersgaard-Andersen, MD, Ass. Professor, EFORT President. Read more on Per Kjaersgaard-Andersen and other confirmed speakers, full registration rates, programme updates and more on the BOA website.

Unfortunately, owing to a planned strike by security staff at Westminster, the Versus Arthritis parliamentary drop-in on aids and adaptations on Wednesday 20 March was cancelled.

This is obviously very disappointing, for Versus Arthritis and campaigners, as we know how important it is for MPs to recognise the impact that aids and adaptations can have for people with arthritis. MPs have been informed and Versus Arthritis is currently working to reschedule the event. VA has also been in touch with the hundreds of supporters who contacted their MPs.

Keep an eye on our social media, where the new action to email MPs will be shared when there is more information.

In the meantime, supporters can still send the Room to Manoeuvre report to their MPs by clicking here.

You can find out more about Versus Arthritis’ Room to Manoeuvre campaign on aids and adaptations here.

NASS Voices are new community events for both NASS members and non-members, bringing together people with axial SpA (AS), their families and friends, local rheumatologists, nurses, physiotherapists and others interested in the condition.

NASS are holding four events in 2019:

Cardiff 12-13 April 2019 Book via this link
Southampton 10-11 May 2019 Book via this link
Leeds 6-7 September 2019 Booking opens soon
London 15-16 November 2019 Booking opens soon

Read more about the events and learn what services are available near you via the NASS community engagement events page.

Last week saw a momentous event for people living with axial SpA (AS) in the UK, when NASS held the inaugural meeting of the first ever all-party parliamentary group (APPG) specifically for Axial Spondyloarthritis. Parliamentarians, policy makers, clinicians, healthcare commissioners and NASS members and staff came together to identify and address concerns about AS care.

You can read NASS CEO Dr Dale Webb’s reflections on the meeting and more of what’s to come from NASS’ Every Patient, Every Time campaign.

Advances, innovations and challenges in rheumatology nursing

Friday 28 June 2019, RCN HQ, London

The RCN Rheumatology Nursing Workshop 2019 event includes talks on ‘Understanding vasculitis and impact on inflammatory arthritis patients’ and ‘Understanding the JAK pathway – a new mode of action for rheumatology’.

By attending this workshop you will:

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

Click here for the delegate booking form.