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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 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 www.rcn.org.uk/Rheumatology18 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
Doncaster

See more details, including the programme and list of speakers at:
http://www.basem.co.uk/education/basem-spring-conference-2018/

 

Arthritis Action will be holding a new two-day Self-Management Event (SME) on Friday 09 February at 6 pm – 8.30 pm and Saturday 10 February at 2 pm – 4.30 pm.

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 and is open to all, and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact us by email at info@arthritisaction.org.uk  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: rheumatology.conference@porthosp.nhs.uk 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.

Cost

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

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

The 6th World Congress on Controversies, Debates & Consensus in Bone, Muscle & Joint Diseases (BMJD) will take place November 8-10, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. bmjd-congress.org

The 6th BMJD Congress will address the most burning questions in the field of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Spondyloarthropathy, Lupus, and more. Through debates of controversial issues and discussions on clinically relevant updates, the Congress will help provide practical management solutions to a number of challenging issues encountered in daily practice.

 

ARMA is delighted to announce that Dame Carol Black will present the ARMA annual lecture on 29th January 2018.

Musculoskeletal conditions cause physical and mental distress and disability. They often distance sufferers from the labour market with associated financial consequences; they narrow social interactions; and they reduce individual wellbeing. This should not be so. Carol Black, having worked for more than ten years in this area, first as National Director for Health and Work and then as adviser to DH, PHE and NHSE, will review progress to date by government, health professionals and employers. Carol will consider the recent Government paper Improving Lives: the future of work, health and disability, and the other actions, tools and guidance needed to make progress.

The event takes place in London. Tickets are available at eventbrite.

The Institute of Osteopathy is proud to be the professional membership organisation for UK osteopaths. Our mission is to unite, support, promote and develop the profession of osteopathy for the improvement of public health and care.

Each year we run a three-day, multi-streamed conference for the profession. The event is the biggest opportunity in the UK for osteopaths to come together to network with like-minded healthcare colleagues and to take part in high quality training. There are also opportunities to sponsor the awards and exhibit at the event as a way for external organisations to raise the awareness of what they do.

The call for presentations for iO Convention 2018 is now live.
Proposals are being accepted at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2018iopresentations

The dates for Convention 2018 will be 12th – 14th October 2018 and it will be held at the Grange St. Pauls Hotel, London.
To discuss your submission further, please contact matthew@iOsteopathy.org.

The Annual European Congress of Rheumatology will take place in Amsterdam, 13-16 June 2018.

Building on a record of 4,850 abstracts submitted in 2017, EULAR 2018 is expected to achieve more success than ever before. Submit your abstract and join EULAR in its endeavour to improve the availability of information and the ability to diagnose and treat all areas of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).

Submit your abstract

Abstract submission deadline: 31 January 2018 23:59 CET

 

The RCN Rheumatology Forum would like to report that in September 2017 the 4th edition of the RCN Biologics guidance document for Rheumatology Practitioners went live: “Assessing, managing and monitoring Biologic therapies for Inflammatory Arthritis

It is available online now as a downloadable PDF via our link: my.rcn.org.uk/RCNguidance.

Strategy Day

On the 17th Nov 2017 the RCN Rheumatology Forum are planning to meet for a (self-funded) Strategy Day where future projects and final details of the forthcoming RCN Rheumatology Nursing Workshop will be discussed.

The RCN Rheumatology Nursing Workshop 2018

This best-practice event is to be held at the RCN HQ on the 12th January 2018, starting at 11am and finishing around 3pm.

Topics include:

  • patient fatigue
  • pain
  • leadership and resilience training
  • psychological impact of chronic disease
  • Biosimilars update and how they impact on practice
  • Rheumatology Specialist Nursing Competency frameworks.

This workshop has been developed and 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 of the workshop is to address these issue as well as developing the unmet need of clinical leadership skills and personal and professional resilience. This event will enable specialist nurses to continue to deliver excellent care, follow best practice and inspire colleagues despite continued NHS barriers and difficulties.

BackCare would like to make you aware of their Carol Concert coming up on 19th December 2017: a special performance of the Brandenburg Singers with conductor Robert Porter.

19th December 2017 at 6:30pm

www.brandenburg.org.uk/christmas

Tickets £18

Click to open the full-size event poster.

The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy
Savoy Hill
Strand
London
WC2A 0DA