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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

ARMA event: Physical activity and musculoskeletal health

Encourage more of your customers with long term conditions to be more active.

Tuesday 3 December 2019

The We are Undefeatable campaign is encouraging people with long term conditions to be more active. Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are the most common long-term conditions, affecting around 10 million people in the UK of all ages. Being more active is beneficial to people with MSK conditions in almost all cases, so these messages will be reinforced by doctors.

  • Do you know how to make your services accessible to people with MSK conditions?
  • Are your staff members confident to support someone in pain to exercise?
  • Do they understand how being more active benefits people’s mobility and can reduce pain?

If the answer to any of the above is ‘no,’ then you may be turning away valuable customers when you could be helping them to improve their health. This event will help you change this. Be part of the solution to improving their health.

You will learn:

  • The different types of MSK conditions and how physical activity can help them
  • Understanding pain, how to support people in pain who want to be active, and why you should.
  • How to create a comfortable environment for people who may struggle to be active and keep them coming back
  • Specialist programmes and activities you could consider including in your offer
  • Social prescribing and engaging with your local NHS

Who should attend?

  • Staff working in gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools, any provider of activity.
  • Companies and voluntary organisations providing activities such as running or cycling clubs, walking groups, etc.
  • Local government leisure services and public health staff.

Register your interest

Complete this form to be informed when bookings open.

Primary Care Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Medicine Society Annual Conference
14-16 November 2019
Park Inn Hotel, York

by Helen Livesley, Primary Care Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Medicine Society

Preparation continues for the Primary Care Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Conference. It’s 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.

It’s a friendly, hands-on conference.



Primary Care Networks – Dr Raj Patel, Deputy National Medical Director of Primary Care for NHS England

Osteoarthritis, what’s new and what’s coming? Professor Philip Conaghan, Director of the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine & Professor of Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Leeds

Temporal arteritis and PMR – Dr Sarah Mackie, Associate Clinical Professor in Vascular Rheumatology at the University of Leeds, and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Not rare, just rarely diagnosed– Dr Emma Reinhold, RCGP Clinical Champion for the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes



  • Joint Injections – using models
  • Core Skills
  • Podiatry
  • Osteoporosis
  • Keele Pain Recorder App and Opioid Withdrawal
  • Ultrasound
  • Promoting improved services for IAPT for Long Term Conditions
  • National Institute for Health Research
  • Health Policy
  • Paediatric Rheumatology
  • Evidence based guidelines for managing MSK conditions

The full programme and application form is available at the events page on the Society website.

British Orthopaedic Association Annual Congress 2019 – One week to go!

10-13 September – ACC Liverpool

The theme for the BOA 2019 Congress is New Horizons in Research, Education and Clinical Leadership, which will be incorporated throughout all of the plenary and breakout sessions. Full Congress registration is now open, register online using the late registration fee, please visit the BOA website for the full rates.

Join Dame Clare Marx on Thursday 12th September for ‘Burn Out… Time to Take Action!’ This session is designed to open a dialogue, increase our understanding and takes some steps towards solutions. As ever explaining the problem is the start, understanding how we can recognise it in ourselves or others takes us further. Knowing how it is seen by the professional bodies and finally the fact that it is not all about us will help us move the dialogue on.

Professor Matthew Costa, on Tuesday 10th September, will be delivering a session on ‘Proving that what we do makes a difference: Trauma and Orthopaedics now and in the future’, this will discuss the basic principles of clinical and cost-effectiveness in a way that is accessible to surgeons, which is set to be very popular. Read more on the confirmed speakers, full registration rates, programme updates, venue and more on the BOA website here.

Primary Care Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Medicine Society Annual Conference
14-16th November 2019
Park Inn Hotel, York

PCRMM supports GPs and Allied Health Professionals to deliver excellent MSK care within Primary Care. The annual conference has something to appeal to everyone with hands-on injection workshops and small group sessions discussing chronic problems such as osteoporosis. The conference programme consists of expert speakers who use the latest evidence-based guidelines in their day-to-day practice. The conference aims to support GP registrars and clinicians in training in a friendly atmosphere with lots of practical experience.

This is a friendly hands-on conference for GPs, trainees and all members of the practice team.

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.

Programme of lectures:
Temporal arteritis and PMR – Dr Sarah Mackie
Osteoarthritis what’s new and what’s coming? – Professor Philip Conaghan
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – Dr Emma Reinhold
Primary Care Networks – Dr Raj Patel

Visit the events page on the Society website for full programme and application form.
Discounts are available for trainees and registrars.

This week (3-7 June) is Dietitians Week, and the British Dietetic Association and its members are using the week to promote the breadth and depth of dietetic practice using the tagline “What Dietitians Do”. Dietitians will be sharing their own personal experiences and highlighting some of the lesser known aspects of the profession, as well as taking part in activities such as sharing their favourite recipes and tagging in other healthcare professionals or patients who are real champions for the profession.

Everyone who works with or uses the services of dietitians is invited to join in with the celebrations as well!
Find out more:

#whatdietitiansdo #dietitiansweek

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.

BOA members’ early bird registration closes Tuesday 4 June at 23:59. Full Congress registration will open Wednesday 5 June; please visit the BOA website for full registration rates.

The Robert Jones Lecturer is now confirmed as Professor John Skinner. John is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.

The bi-annual Sir Walter Mercer lecture will be delivered by James Hunter. James is a Paediatric Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where he has been a consultant since 1995.

This year will also see sessions on global health and machine learning. Read more on the confirmed speakers, full registration rates, programme updates and more on the BOA website here.

Integrating Health Systems and Paradigms to Drive Culture Change

Tuesday 25 June 2019 at 18:00 – 20:00

Join the RSA Health, Care and Wellbeing Network for a conversation about the integration of health systems and paradigms to support sustainable health, hosted by Paul Hitchcock FRSA.

This event will be an opportunity to explore how the two approaches might be mutually supportive in driving the sort of culture change that we need.

This is a participative event: after an introduction from Paul there will be time to discuss the issues raised, and time for informal networking as well. There will also be an opportunity for anyone wishing to hold a similar event for the Health, Care and Wellbeing Network to discuss this, so please bring along your ideas.

This event is free to attend and open to Fellows, friends, and colleagues interested in supporting the work of the RSA. 
Visit the RSA website for more details.

Location: Dr Cross Room, Rawthmells, RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ.

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.
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