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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!

Bone and Joint Week 2018
12-20 October 2018

Musculoskeletal conditions: the elephant in the room?

Conditions of the bones, joints and muscles are a big problem in the UK; with over 17 million people living with a musculoskeletal condition, more people suffer with disability from musculoskeletal conditions than anything else.

Good health of bones, joints and muscles underpins living life well. Musculoskeletal conditions affect nearly everyone at some point in their life. They can cause pain, fatigue, restricted mobility and activities of daily living. They impact people’s lives, their work and even people’s other health conditions. Conditions of the bones, joints and muscles represent a significant cost to the individual, the economy and health and social care.

Acknowledging the problem

Everyone knows conditions like arthritis and back pain are common. But they are often misunderstood and ignored, like the figurative elephant in the room. The solution begins in acknowledging the problem. That’s why we need to shift our mindset and start planning and acting nationally, locally and individually for healthy bones, joints and muscles throughout life.

Large rewards

If we’re brave enough to tackle this big and growing problem, to champion lifelong good musculoskeletal health, there are large rewards, helping people to live well, saving money in the NHS and UK economy.

That’s why charities, professional bodies and research organisations in the musculoskeletal community have joined forces over Bone and Joint Week 2018.

Find out more about this campaign on Twitter @WeareARMA #BoneJointWeek and take a look at the campaigns our members are undertaking.


Arthritis Action has launched a new report on 12 October 2018, in collaboration with YouGov, examining the life impacts of arthritis on people of working age in Great Britain. The report explores the effects the condition can have on personal well-being, life satisfaction and mental health. Read the full report here:

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy: Evidence shows that being physically active has enormous benefits for your physical and mental health. But many people find it hard to do as much as they would like. This can be for any number of reasons, including pain, fear, fatigue, a lack of time or motivation. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have a campaign during Bone and Joint Week ‘Love activity, Hate exercise?’ The campaign helps people overcome these barriers through expert advice and guidance. It features practical tips for getting started, useful condition-specific insights and inspiring stories from other people in your boat. To find out more, follow this link:

Lupus UK: during Bone and Joint Week and throughout October, Lupus UK is running Lupus Awareness Month. It is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the disease amongst the public and medical profession as well as improving the understanding of the impact that lupus can have. Find out more at

NASS: during Bone and Joint Week NASS is running “Back Pain Plus” – an awareness campaign aimed at ophthalmologists, dermatologists and gastroenterologists, aiming to help reduce the current 8.5 year delay in diagnosis for people with axial spondyloarthritis including ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Learn more at

Versus Arthritis: During Bone and Joint Week Versus Arthritis are urging people to share their Room to Manoeuvre report with their MP. Aids and adaptations in the home can help people with arthritis maintain their independence, but Versus Arthritis research has uncovered that people with arthritis often don’t receive the support they are entitled to. They found out that many people don’t know that aids and adaptations exist, let alone that they could be funded by their local authority. More information is available on their website.

Bone and Joint Week
12-20 October 2018

During this annually occurring event there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions.

12 October: World Arthritis Day

16 October: World Spine Day

19 October: World Paediatric
Bone & Joint Day

20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

Bone and Joint Week 2018 is part of an international campaign to improve musculoskeletal health. Learn more about ARMA’s international network.

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.

Bone and Joint Week 2018 runs from 12-20 October 2018, highlighting the reality that musculoskeletal conditions are a big problem in the UK: they affect nearly everyone at some point in their life; they are the biggest cause of disability in the UK.

Musculoskeletal conditions can affect people of all ages, including children. If not treated appropriately, musculoskeletal conditions can impact daily activities such as working, walking, climbing stairs, cooking, personal hygiene and mental health.

During Bone and Joint Week there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions.

12 October: World Arthritis Day
16 October: World Spine Day
19 October: World Paediatric Bone and Joint Day
20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

Support and follow the campaign on twitter at @WeAreARMA by retweeting and look out for more information on