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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.


Bone and Joint Week – 12-20 October 2019

What is Bone and Joint Week?

Every October, Bone and Joint Week helps get people thinking about one of the most widespread and pressing health issues of our times – musculoskeletal health and the role of each person in improving it.

Musculoskeletal conditions affect the bones, joints and muscles are the largest cause of disability. An estimated 17.8 million people live with a musculoskeletal condition in the UK. This compares to 3.5 million with diabetes, 7 million with heart disease and 1.2 million with COPD. Many people have more than one condition.

When is it taking place?

12-20 October annually. Each day, a different aspect of musculoskeletal health is highlighted. Bone and Joint Week also incorporates world awareness days, such as World Arthritis Day and World Osteoporosis Day.
This is the daily schedule:

12 October: World Arthritis Day

13 October: Health Inequalities

14 October: Work and Health

15 October: Mental Health

16 October: World Spine Day

17 October: Physical Activity

18 October: General musculoskeletal health messaging

19 October: World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day

20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

Who should get involved?

Everyone can get involved in Bone and Joint Week, especially if you look after a community. It’s a social media-led campaign using #BoneJointWeek, so getting involved is easy, with daily infographics that can be retweeted, blogs and vlogs from healthcare leaders to share.

Now is the time to add the dates to your calendar, and encourage ambassadors in your organisation to write blogs and articles on good, lifelong musculoskeletal health. Your trust, council, professional body, research organisation or charity could easily retweet the daily infographics, or ask your CEO to blog or perhaps you could write or record some top tips for musculoskeletal health.

More information

Again, we’ll be using the hashtag #BoneJointWeek so please include it in all your social media activity. And keep an eye on what’s going on by following @WeAreARMA on Twitter or check back on our bonejointweek page for updates.

Harnessing the power of social media to promote public health

The Institute of Osteopathy (iO) has launched a new community Facebook page ‘Osteopathy for Health’ with the aim to provide the public with useful health advice and tips to support positive lifestyle behaviours.

The iO first launched ‘Osteopathy for Health’ as web-based information, supported by a series of advice leaflets that could be distributed by osteopaths and other healthcare practitioners. The project has now evolved to utilise the power of social media to spread health and lifestyle messages on exercise, diet, getting older, sleep, and mental health on a dedicated Facebook page ‘Osteopathy for Health’.

The iO team will be working on developing more advice and promoting these on social media in the coming weeks and months and encouraging osteopaths to promote these public health messages through their own online networks.

Osteopathy for Health advice for the public:

  • Online. General health advice to the public is available from the iO website. Topics range from healthy eating to information to persistent pain. In the next year we will be transforming these pages:
  • Social Media. Scroll Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for posts using #OsteopathyforHealth. You can search using the hashtag. Don’t forget: if you like it, share it!
  • Advice leaflets. The leaflets are available from the iO. To purchase copies please email

For more information about the Institute of Osteopathy’s ‘Osteopathy for Health’ public health advice programme, please contact

Last week saw a momentous event for people living with axial SpA (AS) in the UK, when NASS held the inaugural meeting of the first ever all-party parliamentary group (APPG) specifically for Axial Spondyloarthritis. Parliamentarians, policy makers, clinicians, healthcare commissioners and NASS members and staff came together to identify and address concerns about AS care.

You can read NASS CEO Dr Dale Webb’s reflections on the meeting and more of what’s to come from NASS’ Every Patient, Every Time campaign.

In early February, ARMA was one of 55 signatories to an open letter published in The Times newspaper from the Association of Directors of Public Health. The letter argued that public health should be a priority in the Spending Review.

ADPH President Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy said:

“Tackling the root causes of ill health and creating places in which we can all be healthy is the mission of local government. If we undervalue this public health expertise within local government, the NHS Long Term Plan simply cannot be delivered.

“Directors of Public Health can provide the leadership needed to drive improvements in the determinants of health – housing, air quality, crime and poverty – alongside community public health services, such as alcohol treatment and stop smoking services, which are just as vital as hospital-based support.

“The significant cuts to public health are jeopardising these efforts, which are so fundamental to population health – and the sustainability of the NHS. It is time for a step change in public health funding and national policy action. This must be a priority for the Spending Review.”

Read the letter on The Times website (pay-wall) or download the statement from the ADPH.


NASS was delighted to welcome 200 guests, including 30 MPs, to a reception at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 3 December to launch their Every Patient Every Time campaign and hold their Patients’ Choice Awards.

Announcements included the new All-Party Parliamentary Group for Axial Spondyloarthritis, which will oversee the implementation of the NICE Guideline and Quality Standard for Spondyloarthritis, and the Aspiring to Excellence programme which will encourage rheumatology departments around the country to share best practice and improve services in a collaborative manner.

The event culminated in honouring recipients of the 2018 Patients’ Choice Awards – given to health care professionals who had been nominated by their patients for their outstanding care during the year. Click here to learn more about Every Patient, Every Time and here to see who’s been honoured in the awards.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has released a short Christmas film called Never Too Late as part of their “Love Activity” campaign.

The film is a heart-warmer about a physio who helps a lonely widower regain his strength and sense of purpose so that he can return to his role playing Father Christmas at the local children’s ward. Alongside the video, a webpage includes six exercises that can help people stay strong and independent this winter.

The short film is available via the CSP webpage or on social media.

Monday 5 November will see the launch of the first national campaign by Versus Arthritis in their new guise and brand.

As you know well, all too often, arthritis is dismissed. It is seen as inevitable, unavoidable, insignificant and untreatable. Society shrugs it off as “just a bit of arthritis”. The new campaign aims to drive greater recognition of arthritis and related conditions across government and society.

Versus Arthritis wants to create an environment where the 10 million people with arthritis can live better – free from the pain, fatigue and isolation. The campaign will feature bold TV advertising, national press coverage and social media activity, including a variety of stories and support from celebrities and sportspeople to businesses and healthcare professionals.

Please show your support

They’ll be asking people to declare themselves #VersusArthritis on social media and they would love for you to do the same. So please keep an eye on social media channels and share/retweet where you can.

If you would like more information or to discuss getting in involved please contact Éilis O’Connell at or 0207 3806 528.

12-20 October 2018

12-20 October is a time of important collective campaign activity for ARMA members, with Bone and Joint Week. The theme of campaign is: “Musculoskeletal conditions: The elephant in the room?

It’s highlighting that musculoskeletal 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.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage policy and decision makers to shift mindset and take action to champion good musculoskeletal health of the bones, joints and muscles throughout life.

For Bone and Joint Week, we’re releasing a series of infographics with key messages throughout the period that the ARMA policy and communications professionals crafted. Please retweet them from our account on @WeAreARMA. Lookout for Vlogs from during the event too. NHS England and Public Health England are supporting the event as well.

Alliance members are using #BoneJointWeek during the period and we encourage you to tweet with it!

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

12-20 October – Bone and Joint Week:

    • 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.