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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

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

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 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.

The spring edition of the Portsmouth Hospitals’ Department of Rheumatology newsletter is out.

It contains dates and details of a number of upcoming events, groups and meetings, including:

  • Funky Knit Day, a knitting event to raise awareness of Raynauds, 07 Feb 2018 – see the poster
  • Portsmouth Cream Tea & Light Music event, 4 March 2018 – see the poster
  • Portsmouth Easter Tea Dance, 24 March 2018 – see the poster

For more, open and save the spring newsletter (in PDF) here.

The Royal College of Nursing is putting the final preparations in place for the RCN Rheumatology Nursing workshop 2018.

12 Jan 2018
from 11:00 – 15:00

This event will enable specialist nurses to continue to deliver excellent care, follow best practice and inspire colleagues despite continued NHS barriers and difficulties.

The workshop is based on the results of a forum survey which asked you to identify issues relating to the management of rheumatological disease, interventions, treatment and support. The aim is to address these issues as well as develop the unmet need for clinical leadership skills and personal and professional resilience.

Venue: RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN

For more reasons to attend, see with details on topics, booking and contacts.

Get Dynamic: Hormones, Health and Human Performance

What are the key Endocrine and Metabolic considerations for elite athletes to reluctant exercisers?

Discussion, led by experienced clinicians and researchers will cover:

  • Key role of Sports Endocrinology in health and performance
  • Effects of exercise modalities on body composition and bone health
  • Machine learning in interpreting biochemical & metabolic patterns
  • Endocrine & metabolic markers in assessing health & training status
  • Gut metabolism in supporting health and performance
  • Exercise as crucial lifestyle factor in pre-existing metabolic dysfunction

22 March 2018
The Keepmoat Stadium

See more details, including the programme and list of speakers at:


Arthritis Action will be holding a new two-day Self-Management Event (SME) on Friday 9 February at 6pm–8.30pm and Saturday 10 February at 2pm–4.30pm.

For the first time we are holding our SME outside our usual daytime schedule, to attract a younger audience of attendees who may be in employment or otherwise unavailable during the week.

We aim to help our delegates 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 but places must be booked, via this link.
It is open to all, and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact us by email at or phone 020 3781 7120.

“Back to Back”
Back pain in Rheumatology
Friday 20th April 2018
Venue: Village Hotel, Lakeshore Drive, Portsmouth PO6 3FR

Join the Portsmouth Department of Rheumatology for the “Back to Back” Conference, where local and national experts will discuss the latest developments in rheumatological disorders with an emphasis on the use of radiological imaging to support diagnosis and management, in line with current best practice for Inflammatory Back Pain and Vertebral Fractures.
The conference is open to radiographers, nurse specialists and members of the multidisciplinary team involved in the management of patients with inflammatory back pain and vertebral fractures.

For more details, see the conference programme and delegate application form.

Flare Roller Coaster for People Living with Arthritis and Connective Tissue Diseases

The Next Rheumatology Flare Roller Coaster workshop will be held on Saturday 3rd February 2018, from 09:30 -13:00.
Venue: Fracture Clinic – C Level, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham PO6 3LY

Places are limited so please register early.

To book your place or receive more information, email: or telephone 02392286935

For frequently asked questions about our Flare Rollercoaster workshop, please see our leaflet [PDF].

If you have arthritis or a connective tissue disease, the festive period can be tough. For starters, the months of December and January come at the coldest time of year, which can cause more problems, and although cold weather doesn’t cause arthritis or connective tissue diseases, it may increase joint pain and possible flares.

Colin Beevor, Matron: “Sometimes flare-ups can’t be avoided, no matter how hard you try. If you start to feel increased pain or joint stiffness, take action.”

There are many self-management treatments that can help reduce joint pain:-

  • Hot/warm packs and even warm baths can soothe painful joints and relieve stiffness;
  • Ice packs can relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and cool down joints during flare-ups. Remember: do not apply heat or ice packs directly to the skin or for more than 20 minutes at a time;
  • Topical cream or gel that contains the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID. Ask your local pharmacist before using a topical treatment that contains NSAIDs particularly if you already take over-the-counter or prescription NSAID tablets.
  • TENS Machines – Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation machine administers mild electrical currents through the skin to the nerve fibers which can help to block or suppress pain messages.


Keeping Active

Although arthritis and connective tissue diseases and exercise may not seem like a natural match, staying active can definitely help your joint pain.

Getting out in the fresh air has proven benefits to your health, from strengthening your muscles to improving your blood pressure and helping with a good night’s sleep, spending time in the open is good for your health.

Swimming is a form of exercise suitable for all age groups. Even if you are not a strong swimmer or have non-swimmers in your family it is a great way of spending time together and getting fit whilst doing it. Swimming is a great low-impact activity that helps burn calories, strengthen muscle mass, and improve cardiac endurance.  The water allows your body to exercise without impacting too much on the joints; this makes it an ideal exercise for those with stiff joints, sore muscles. If you find going to the swimming pool very cold, a tip is to wrap your towel and clothing in a hot water bottle.

The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) is delighted to announce that their 2018 Annual Conference will be taking place at the Hilton, Reading on Saturday 19th May 2018.

Overview: 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. There will be time for you to ask questions directly to the experts and further discuss areas of interest to you.

Watch and get involved in the practical session, bringing the days learning to life. This conference has been designed to ensure every delegate learns and develops new techniques in western medical acupuncture that can be practically applied in their workplace.


  • £110.00 – AACP Members
  • £140.00 – Non AACP Members

For further information on our line-up of speakers and their subjects, please click here.