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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.


The 7th World Congress on Controversies, Debates & Consensus in Bone, Muscle & Joint Diseases (BMJD) will take place October 17-19, 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan.

This is your chance to interact with international experts from all areas of rheumatology in one place.

The BMJD aims to reach consensus on controversial issues through debates and expert opinion, and provide updates on major topics of interest for your practice.

BMJD is a comprehensive Congress fully devoted to clinical controversies in bone, muscle and joint Diseases.

The first ever annual WORD Day, “WOrld Young Rheumatic Disease Day” takes place on the 18 March in 2019.

Jointly inaugurated by PReS (www.PRES.EU) and the parent/patient association ENCA (, the objectives of this day are to raise parental and professional awareness of these illnesses. Raising awareness of paediatric rheumatic diseases among health care providers will help speed up diagnosis, especially of rarer diseases.

WORD pediatric day is also directed at the wider public, since it is important to raise social awareness to the needs of children with rheumatic illnesses.

Local face-to-face awareness events, hospital websites and educational programs will be aired on both the local and international stage in a range of different countries. Diverse local events will be designed and implemented by local organizing committees in each country, to be run in hospital, universities and public areas (e.g. schools, museums, town centres). These are anticipated to include information stalls, talks and performances given by patients, information and training events for healthcare professionals, ‘peer education’ workshops involving medical student organisations. In particular, WORD day will target doctors who are the first clinicians to come into contact with these patients (e.g. general paediatricians), parents, other health practitioners, educators.

A number of assertive social media campaigns including the patient voice, patient organisations and charities, promotional educational videos, radio and TV interviews with patients and doctors will accompany these events, each directed at a specific audience.

Social media accounts were launched in December 2018 and so far have reached 16,800 Facebook users, and made 15,700 Twitter impressions.

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Leaflets and booklets on WORD Day will soon be available through the PRES website.

For more information and to share your ideas please get in touch through the WORD Day email account –

Physio UK Conference

As part of the 50th Anniversary of the MACP, the Executive Committee made the decision to partner with Physio UK 2018 and work to deliver the MSK stream across the 2 day conference.

Labelled by CSP’s Karen Middleton as “the best Physio UK ever,” the conference attracted double the delegates of the last few years with a significant increase in abstract submissions from 84 to 328, with the majority aligned with the MSK stream.

Prof David Oliver, Clinical Vice-President of the Royal College of Physicians, delivered the Founders’ Lecture, and he was joined on stage by Jonathon Kruger, Chief Executive of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy.

NHS England’s Chief Transformation Officer, Helen Bevan, closed the event on 20th October, and in-between there were more than 30 sessions covering four specially selected themes with over 250 poster presentations. The MSK proved to be the most popular sessions attracting large number of delegates to hear clinically focused research and clinically focused debate presented by experts in their field.

PowerPoint presentations and poster abstracts are available free on the CSP website and the MACP are sharing some of the key note lectures from the MACP stream on the MACP website in the News section.


Nicola Heneghan, in her role of IFOMPT Member Organisation Delegate, has recently travelled to Reno, Nevada for meetings prior to the AAOMPT Conference (US equivalent to MACP). MO meetings are held ahead of the main conference with presentations from Advisory groups (Finance, Research, Branding, RIG Development). Advisory Groups were formed in 2016 with membership coming from MO Delegates and Executive Committee members to feed into and support the work of the IFOMPT Executive Committee. A number of key notes from IFOMPT EC and Standards Committee form part of the AAOMPT Conference with Ali Rushton and Laura Finucane both speaking.

There is much talk about IFOMPT2020 which will be held in Melbourne in October 2020, so we look forward to sharing with you the timeline for registration and abstract submissions in due course. The MACP will be offering mentorship to members thinking of or wishing to submit abstracts. Would be great to have a strong MACP presence down-under….. so watch this space for updates.


FOREUM – Foundation for Research in Rheumatology – announces its Call for International Fellowships (1 year).

FOREUM is committed to funding and promoting scientific research into rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD) and has a goal to foster links between rheumatology units in different countries. Consistent with these goals is the establishment of a call for international fellowships that have the specific objective of facilitating the development of research capacity and training high-calibre applicants in RMD research.

Letters of intent can be submitted until 15 February 2019. If you are interested to apply for a grant, please find all information on the application page on the FOREUM website.

One strategy, a learning management system, five recommendations, 12 campaign sponsorships and a first – and a tenth – anniversary

The European League Against Rheumatism, EULAR, is celebrating a year of achievement in rheumatology in 2018. EULAR launched its new five-year strategy as well as the EULAR School learning management system. It also published five recommendations, sponsored twelve countries in Europe to launch the EULAR Campaign, “Don’t Delay, Connect Today” at local level – and commemorated the first anniversary of the campaign with a dedicated press conference. 2018 also marked ten years since the People with Arthritis and Rheumatism in Europe were integrated into the EULAR network, becoming one of the three pillars.

The EULAR Congress in Amsterdam, which received a record-breaking number of abstract submissions (5,090) in 2018, hosted the launch of the EULAR Strategy 2018-2023, as well as the launch of the EULAR School online learning management system (LMS).

The strategy is the third strategic cycle in developing excellence in rheumatology in six areas of focus: Education, the annual congress, quality of care, research, advocacy and the internal organisation of EULAR. It is designed to further enhance the excellent standards and activities established and led by EULAR across the field of rheumatology.

The learning management system from the EULAR School is accessible to individuals across the scientific, health professional and patient audience spectrum around the world and provides round-the-clock access to the highest-quality – and the most innovative content – in the area of rheumatology.

EULAR also published five recommendations during 2018. These included recommendations in the management of hand osteoarthritis; the effect of exercise and physical activity promotion in people with rheumatoid arthritis, spondylarthrosis and osteoarthritis; health professional approaches to pain management in inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis; the management of Behçet’s syndrome and the use of imaging in large vessel vasculitis in clinical practice.

The sponsorship of twelve countries to implement the EULAR Campaign, Don’t Delay, Connect Today, was started in January 2018 and the campaign’s first anniversary was marked with a dedicated press conference held at the EULAR Congress in Amsterdam in June. The international awareness day, World Arthritis Day, was celebrated around the world on 12 October, with EULAR marking the day with a dedicated video that reached over half a million people.

2018 also marked ten years since the EULAR pillar, People with Arthritis and Rheumatism in Europe (PARE), was integrated into the network.

Looking to 2019, Professor Hans Bijlsma, EULAR President, says, “I would like to extend my personal thanks to all those in the EULAR network and beyond who have contributed to this milestone year in rheumatology. Let us all unite and go forward into the future in fighting rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases – together, we can contribute to a healthier world.”

There are only a few days left to apply for the prestigious EULAR Edgar Stene Prize Competition 2019. People with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders are invited to write about their personal experiences submitting essays on the topic of:

My ideal employer – Work without barriers for people with RMDs

Please find more information in these documents:

Please take a careful look at the deadlines and entry rules mentioned in the respective documents. The deadline for UK entries is Tuesday 11 December 2018, entries should be sent to by that date.

As with previous years, the national winning essays will be accepted in their native language and the EULAR Secretariat will take care of translating them into English.

EULAR looks forward again to receiving many inspiring and encouraging essays from all over Europe!

A report by Public Health England has been published in the World Health Organization’s European journal, Public Health Panorama.

“Developing partnerships and a whole-system approach for the prevention of musculoskeletal conditions in England”

Abstract: This case study reviews the experience of PHE in developing and implementing a public health approach to the prevention of and early intervention in MSK conditions. We reflect on key elements of the approach, and the essential role of galvanizing and supporting partnerships, as well as achievements and lessons learnt so far.

Achievements: Since 2013, through investment in people and partnerships, evidence synthesis, development of support tools and communications, we have built a strong foundation for MSK public health in England. Important relationships have formed and policy direction and commitment established for health improvement, work and health, health intelligence, local planning and delivery, the public health workforce and embedding MSK health in the work of Public Health England.

Lessons learnt and recommendations: Significant progression of the MSK conditions prevention agenda in England has been possible because of strong partnerships based on a clearly articulated common vision and a shared narrative for a public health approach. On this journey, we have adopted dynamic reflection and review as a critical part of our growth as a partnership and network. Ultimately, only a whole-system approach to MSK health can substantially reduce the burden on those affected, their families and carers, public health and care services, the economy and the wider society. Flexible, committed partnerships, when combined with sustained political will and leadership for change, can bring this about.

Click here to open and download the report in PDF.

The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health wishes to bring to your attention a series of papers published in a supplement of the European Spine Journal this month. They have been written by the Global Spine Care Initiative (GSCI), a sub group of World Spine Care, which in turn is a project of GMUSC.

This was a 4-year initiative, involving numerous individuals forming a GSCI Secretariat as well as a large delphi group that contributed to different papers in this 16 paper series. It is hoped that this series of papers will help to raise awareness of the burden of spine conditions and in particular, the challenges faced for people living in low-and middle-income communities and the providers/systems that support spine services in these settings.

The papers can be downloaded from the publications section of the GMUSC website.