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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

13 & 14 October 2018
Hilton Birmingham Metropole

The BCA is delighted to invite you to attend the British Chiropractic Association Autumn Conference 2018, brought to you with a fresh look and feel. The event has been organised and coordinated by a new team and is sure to be the chiropractic event of the year!

The event has speaker presentations and workshops focusing on patient-centred care. The BCA will be welcoming new graduate members to the association and celebrating the new council.

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! For more information visit

Conference Highlights include:

  • The latest in chiropractic research, education and expertise, with inspiring speakers and informative sessions
  • The President’s Lectureto be presented by Alison Dantas
  • Welcome to Conference and Warm up with Kahoot!Catherine Quinn & Bronwen Henley
  • Know Pain:Mike Stewart
  • BCA Annual General Meeting
  • Knowledge Translation:Jørgen Jevne
  • Empower your Patients!Phillippa & Rhiannon Oakley
  • Playing Around:Luke Davies

Workshops to include:

  • Women in Chiropractic Panel:Catherine Quinn, Elisabeth Angier, Polly Hand, and Philippa Oakley
  • EMS DolorClast:Professor Maffulli (Shockwave)
  • Empowering Your Patients/Coaching:Philippa and Rhiannon Oakley
  • Playing Around:Luke Davies
  • Getting to grips with IRMER:Carl Irwin

Expected CPD Hours: 7.5 (subject to verification)
To view the full conference programme visit:

Friday Evening Seminar
There will be an evening seminar on Friday 12 October 2018 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole entitled “A Practical Guide for Persistent Pain Therapy”. This seminar, presented by Mike Stewart MCSP SRP MSc PG Cert (Clin Ed), will help develop your communication and teaching skills and help people make sense of pain.
Seminar cost: £40
CPD Hours: 3 (subject to verification)
To book your place, please email or

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 conference. Submitting an abstract is an easy online process and we ask that all submissions are made before the closing date on Friday 17 August 2018.

Social Evening and Awards Ceremony
The evening of Saturday 13 October will include: street-style food, festival-style events, a live band and DJ, a gin Bar, and the British Chiropractic Association Award Ceremony. So, let’s take it to the streets and celebrate!

The BCA looks forward to seeing you this October in Birmingham!

Early bird price valid until 31st August 2018

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The HMSA has been out and about quite a bit this month, last week attending the “Optimising Patient Relevant Outcome Measures for sustainable healthcare systems and strong economies” meeting at the European Parliament.

On Wednesday 20 June, Hannah Ensor (HMSA trustee) and Lisa Renaut (HMSA volunteer) visited the European Parliament for this important meeting of the Brain Mind Pain interest group (thanks to Pain Alliance Europe for funding travel expenses.) The talks were both informative and interesting.

Cathalijne van Doorne, from Euro Ataxia, spoke about the practical importance of clinical research and interventions focusing on what would most benefit the patient – which is a big shift from what the clinical priorities might be. The example she gave was of focusing treatments on improving distance walked when the main problem for the individual is actually the ability to talk and communicate. I could really relate to this – being able to prepare food was a far higher priority for me than walking, but clinicians always seemed to focus on getting me to walk! So it was great to see this highlighted at such a high-profile event that helps inform policy.

Laure Delbecque, from Pharmerit International, expanded on this need to move from just ‘patient-centred outcomes’ to actual ‘patient-prioritised outcomes’. This was something that Christopher Bidad (Pfizer) also picked up on, and by the end of the day, he had changed his references of ‘patient-centred outcomes’ to ‘patient-prioritised outcomes’.

Research is now under way to create validated measures for the treatment outcomes that patients consider a high priority. It’s a huge piece of research but will in the long term make getting appropriate treatment much easier for hypermobile people. It’s a long way down the line still, but it’s exciting to see that the process is under way.

Another newly completed piece of research, undertaken by Pain Alliance Europe, was on the effect of pain. Many of the results won’t be a surprise, but a validated, European-wide research survey will actually really help the HMSA to decide how best to help address the issues we all face.

Some preliminary results:

  • 51% patients had to leave work
  • 44% had a drop in income
  • 66% got no help to stay in work on get back in to work

This data is very useful to have: research-based evidence, not just ‘we know it because we’ve lived it’ testimony.

Hannah Ensor commented: “Although it was hard work and used up a lot of brain power, this event was well worth the effort: raising the profile of the HMSA and hypermobility syndromes; building useful links with other organisations; and learning things that will help the HMSA improve.”

Continuous Learning, Measurement & Improvement
6 February 2019
Royal Society of Medicine, London

The inaugural Improving Patient Safety & Care 2018 conference will assess how the NHS are currently making a difference in regards to improved safety and care and how it intends to do so in the future through a transparent, constantly evolving patient-centred system. It is therefore a must attend in the conference calendar for anyone involved in the provision of patient-centred services across the NHS, be that frontline, clinical or board level personnel.

The conference will seek to positively disrupt the sector and provide a platform for both success and failures to be analysed. It will facilitate the sharing of ideas and plans for 2018/19 and beyond whilst promoting new and innovative concepts, fresh thinking and strategic collaboration. With all post-conference insight leading to stimulated action, it is hoped this conference will enable all NHS employees to better manage safety and care across the system and adopt a whole-system approach to achieving excellence in this regard.


Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Professor Gillian Leng CBE, Deputy Chief Executive, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
  • Professor Ted Baker, Chief Inspector of Hospitals, CQC
  • Elizabeth Beech, National Project Lead – Healthcare Associated Infections, NHS Improvement
  • Radhika Rangaraju, e-RS Senior Programme lead, NHS England


Pre- and post-conference communications will highlight the new pivotal role the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, who will provide safety improvement along with greater understandings of the established investigative methods, which they will apply for the use of appropriate learning rather than for apportioning blame.

ARMA members can receive a 50% discount on all places at this conference; to take advantage of this offer, please contact ARMA ahead of your online registration process.

HiAP 2019
Delivering Health Equity Tackling Inequalities
1 May 2019
Royal Society of Medicine, London

Due to the huge amounts of positive feedback received during and following the HIAP 2018 – A Strategy for Improving Population Health conference from our speakers, delegates and partners, GovConnect are proud to announce the launch of Health in All Policies 2019: Delivering Health Equity, Tackling Inequalities.

HiAP 2019 will seek to maintain this positive momentum and identify the progress made throughout the course of 2018/19, whilst providing continuous insight on a range of approaches and solutions during the lead up to event.

The HiAP 2019 conference will provide help for local authority and NHS decision makers, sharing insight on how best to collate evidence, identify impacts, take action and prioritise interventions. It will provide all delegates with a number of pre-conference toolkits and practical solutions which can help them deliver immediate steps towards rebalancing the many societal and health related challenges they may face.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Dr Piroska Ostlin, Director for Health and Well-being, World Health Organisation
  • Sarah Pickup OBE, Deputy Chief Executive, Local Government Association
  • Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health
  • Cllr Izzi Seccombe OBE, Leader, Warwickshire County Council

ARMA members can receive a 50% discount on all places at this conference; to take advantage of this offer, please contact ARMA ahead of your online registration process.

On 22 September 2018, NASS will be in Stirling, Scotland for the first in a series of regional Community Engagement Conferences. In a new style event for NASS, we will be bringing together healthcare professionals, people with AS, other patient organisations and researchers.

Find more event details here including the event programme.

Arthritis Action will be holding a new two-day Self-Management Event on 2-3 July 2018 between 2pm–4.30pm at Millennium Third Age Centre, 11 Cranbury Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0LH.

The aim is to help attendees 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 refreshments will be provided, and is open to all.

For more information, please contact or 020 3781 7120 and Arthritis Action will be able to provide you with further details.

Alternatively, please register via this Eventbrite link.

June 4 – 8 2018 is Dietitians Week 2018, where the British Dietetic Association and its members and allies celebrate the work of dietitians. This year’s theme is “Dietitians Do Prevention”, which highlights the important role that dietitians have to play in prevention and public health.

We know nutrition and hydration underpin so much of our health and getting it right can reduce the impact of illness, aid recovery, or prevent some diseases and conditions altogether.

The theme is timely. Across the UK, prevention and public health are increasingly recognised as vital to improving health, and perhaps more critically, reducing pressures on our health and care services. It features prominently in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, in the most recent frameworks from NHS Scotland and the Northern Irish Health and Social Care Service and is embodied in the principles of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act. It has been made clear by everyone from Marmot to the NHS Confederation that we need to strengthen prevention and that it should be everybody’s business.

Musculoskeletal problems are one of the many conditions which can be prevented or at least alleviated with effective dietetic intervention. That might be helping people to lose weight so they place less strain on their joints or working with older people at risk of osteoporosis to ensure they get the calcium and vitamin D they need. Of course, prevention is more effective when done as part of a multidisciplinary team, and many of the examples that the BDA will be sharing throughout Dietitians Week don’t just involve dietitians, but include doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and others.

Prevention takes many forms and goes by many names, and it is not just those working in public health that do it. Whether you’re having a healthy conversation or making every contact count, supporting rehabilitation or reducing hospital admissions, celebrate the way that you do prevention. We can’t let the terminology get in the way of sharing best practice or spreading good ideas. We’d love you to tell us about it as part of Dietitians Week! Get in touch via

AACP 2018 Leeds Conference

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.

The event takes place on Saturday 13 October 2018 at the Principal Met Hotel, Leeds.


2018 Scotland Study Day

The Scotland Study Day sees speakers from a variety of professional backgrounds presenting on a range of acupuncture research and practice. Learn new techniques in western medical acupuncture that can be applied in your workplace the next day.

The event takes place on Saturday 3 November at the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Arthritis Action will be holding a new two-day Self-Management Event on 2-3 May 2018 between 2pm–4.30pm at Blackpool Central Library, Queen Street, FY1 1PX

The aim is to help attendees 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 refreshments will be provided, and is open to all.

For more information, please contact or 020 3781 7120 and Arthritis Action will be able to provide you with further details.

Alternatively, please register via this Eventbrite link.

The Hypermobility Syndromes Association, in partnership with Stickman Communications, hosted a Hypermobility Management Workshop on Saturday 25 February, with sections on exercise, pacing, flare-up plans, pain, and communicating about hidden disabilities.
The lecture-format sessions were in Hannah Ensor’s typical style – straightforward, with a dose of humour. The group discussions then provided a valuable opportunity to discuss and apply the information to daily life, sharing and exploring different solutions to the challenges we face.

Of course, being about pacing, what better opportunity to practice what we preach? Each ‘lecture’ was a maximum of 30 minutes, with wiggle breaks in between, and it was great to see the ‘beanbag corner’ being used as well as people standing up, moving and stretching when they needed to.

We asked Hannah Ensor, what was her favourite part of the day?

“Well, first I apologise for forgetting to put out plates with the snacks! But for me, there were two stand-out highlights: First, it was being reminded how incredibly useful discussing solutions with other bendies can be. During a discussion someone shared how their health care professional had recommended that they ‘pace’ their nutrition – so they don’t end up constantly having to rest after full meals, and instead eat little and often, which enabled them to avoid the post-meal crash. I am definitely going to look at whether this will help me too!

The second highlight was that every single person who handed in a completed feedback forms said they felt the workshop had improved their understanding of how to manage a hypermobility syndrome, and would be making changes as a result of the workshop. Which is totally awesome!”

Here are a few comments from the delegates:

  • “The formal sessions were excellent, but the opportunity to talk to others was the icing on the cake.”
  • “The session was fantastic, so useful and funny too! I learned so much.”
  • “[The most useful part was] the pacing info and being able to talk to others with HMS.”
  • “Very well presented in manageable chunks, delivered in a way that was very listenable to and easy to understand.”

‘Lessons Learnt’
23 May 2018, Birmingham


This event is for orthopaedic consultants, nurses, orthogeriatricians, physiotherapists and anaesthetists involved in hip fracture care to attend. The day will be led by Orthopaedic Consultant and Chairman for the Trauma Group Committee, Paul Dixon.

The full programme has now been published and this promises to be an interesting and informative day for surgeons and multi-disciplinary colleagues. For further information please visit the BOA website here.

Please pass on to any of your colleagues who might be interested in attending as the BOA is keen to have a wide range of participants.

The LUPUS UK North Wales Lupus Information Day will take place on Saturday, 12 May 2018, in Llandudno.

The afternoon will feature a number of medical experts speaking, including:

Dr Yasmeen Ahmad
Consultant Rheumatologist, Peter Maddison Rheumatology Centre, Llandudno Hospital

Anne Breslin
Rheumatology Specialist Nurse, Peter Maddison Rheumatology Centre, Llandudno Hospital

Dr Eve Smith & Professor Christian Hedrich
NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, University of Liverpool, Paediatric Trainee Alder Hey Children’s Hospital & Paediatric Rheumatologist Professor of Child Health at University of Liverpool

Trish Bartley
Senior Teacher and Trainer at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University

The presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Venue: The Imperial Hotel Conference Centre, The Promenade, Vaughan St, Llandudno, LL30 1AP.

Tickets are available free of charge and can be requested online here.