Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance
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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.


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.

Throughout April, the Institute of Osteopathy has been promoting their #LoveYourHealth social media campaign, showcasing key health and wellbeing messages with the public. The focus of the campaign was to provide practical advice and tips to help people make informed decisions to improve their health.

#LoveYourHealth, which was centred around International Osteopathic Healthcare Week, showcased new patient-facing resource pages that the iO has recently developed around a number of key themes:

  • Getting active
  • Healthy aging
  • Sleeping better
  • Health at work
  • Understanding persistent pain

The focus of the social media campaign was to promote the positive role that osteopathy plays in supporting the health of our patients.

You can access the resources at and support the campaign by using #LoveYourHealth on social media. We would like to thank sincerely the members of ARMA who supported this campaign and shared #LoveYourHealth messages with their followers.

See #LoveYourHealth on Twitter.

On 20 March 2018, Arthritis Research UK hosted its first parliamentary event of the year, sponsored by Andrew Bowie MP. The drop-in event attracted almost 50 MPs, alongside MP researchers, who came to find out how they can support constituents affected by arthritis.

Thank you to everyone who took our e-action in advance of the event, and asked their MP to attend. It certainly made a difference, with some MPs saying they only knew about the event because their constituent had raised it with them. If you’d like to support our work in this way, you can join our campaigner network.

MPs from across the UK spoke to people living with arthritis, learned about the services we offer, talked with our research team about our current projects and success stories, and discovered how many people in their constituency are affected by arthritis. Attendees also had the opportunity to try on our arthritis gloves which simulate the mobility restrictions arthritis can cause in hands.

Read the full article here.


In celebration of International Osteopathic Healthcare Week, in April the iO will be running a month-long social media campaign entitled #LoveYourHealth. During this campaign, the iO will be sharing with members of the public, key life style messages to help them make informed decisions around how they can better look after their health.

Data from the National Council for Osteopathic Research, Patient Reported Outcome Measures study has found that 50.4% of people who visited an osteopath had been experiencing symptoms for 13 weeks or more (61.1% were seen within three days of requesting an appointment.)

About #LoveYourHealth
Today’s society places ever-increasing demands on the time of our patients, from the pressures of juggling a career, household chores, and caring for loved ones, we appreciate that it can be difficult for patients to find time to concentrate on their own health. It is often only when a person’s health begins to suffer, and their body forces them to slow down that they then seek osteopathic treatment.

The aim of our #LoveYourHealth campaign is to highlight to members of the public that by simply taking some time for themselves every day – to eat healthily, drink more water, exercise and focus on their wellbeing – it will ultimately reduce their risk of developing a more serious health condition in the long term.

Osteopathy focuses on creating an environment that supports the health of our patients and we have created #LoveYourHealth, with its focus on positive messages for overall optimal patient health, to align with our osteopathic principles. Osteopaths are ideally placed to provide health advice and guidance to aid people in making the changes proposed by our #LoveYourHeath campaign, and it demonstrates to members of the public that osteopathic practice is about far more than treating bad backs.

The importance of physical activity
Around two thirds of men and around half of women in the UK meet the minimum recommended national levels for physical activity. Our #LoveYourHealth campaign will focus on how much physical activity people should do, how they can get started or become more active and the positive influence that physical activity can have on their health.

Did you know that 1 in 3 people in the UK are affected by insomnia? Everyone knows the feeling after a bad night’s sleep, from irritability to unproductivity, but longer lasting sleep disruption can have a much more significant effect on our patient’s mental wellbeing and physical health. The #LoveYourHealth campaign will provide useful information and tips to patients to help them improve their sleep and reduce their risk long term of serious health problems.

Managing long term conditions
Pain, whilst unpleasant, can be a very useful sensation to have. Short term – or ‘acute’- pain helps us learn from our experience, to protect us from future injury. In some circumstances, however, pain may persist even after healing has finished. Our #LoveYourHealth campaign will provide informative hints and tips to patients who maybe struggling with chronic or persistent pain or have a long-term condition such as Arthritis or Osteoporosis.

Heathy eating
We know that being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke. Being underweight can also affect your health too. Whether your patient wishes to lose weight and improve their health, reduce their reliance on sugar or get the balance of their diet right, our #LoveYourHealth Campaign with positive heathy eating messages can support them in making long term life style changes.

Heathy aging
Everybody gets grey hair and wrinkles as they get older. In the same way, it is normal for our muscles, bones, joints and associated tissues to change as we age. Our #LoveYourHealth campaign will focus on ways of keeping active, preventing common problems such as falls and managing conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatic pain and osteoporosis.

Osteopaths! We need your help to promote this campaign, here’s how can you get involved:

  • Follow the Institute of Osteopathy on social media and share our #LoveYourHealth posts with your followers.
  • Create your own health messages using the hashtag #LoveYourHealth and encourage your patients too as well.
  • Display the #LoveYourHealth centre fold poster in your clinic
  • For patients who are looking to make improvements to their health why not ask them to visit

ASone wins European Award

NASS is delighted to announce our ASone website is the inaugural winner of the EULAR Young PARE Youth Award.

In summer 2017 NASS launched ASone, a platform aimed at young people with AS. It’s a community where young people can share their thoughts, feelings and experiences. ASone covers a range of issues including studying, relationships, managing AS and exercising.

Read more about ASone from the NASS website.


Axial Spondyloarthritis Seminar

NASS welcomed 40 osteopaths and chiropractors to our inaugural Axial Spondyloarthritis Seminar on 21 February.

Hosted by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the programme included talks from Dr Karl Gaffney (Consultant Rheumatologist), Mandy Rush and Andrea Lucchetti (Chiropractors), Zoe Clark (Osteopath) and Sally Dickinson from NASS.

All of the talks were met with enthusiasm and Dr Gaffney led a lively discussion around the most recent developments in AS and the issues that the groups of healthcare professionals face in referring people with suspected AS to a rheumatologist.

Read more about the event here.