This is a category taken from the full feed of Musculoskeletal and Arthritis news provided by ARMA's members.
  • 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.


Public Health England has published the Productive Healthy Ageing Profile data update for November 2019.

This tool provides data on a wide range of topics relevant to healthy ageing. Indicators can be examined at local, regional or national level.

The aim of this tool is to support PHE productive healthy ageing policy and inform public health leads and the wider public health system about relevant key issues.

Many indicators are also now available for the latest local authority and clinical commissioning group geographies.  

The Quality in Osteopathic Practice report brings together existing research around the patient experience with research on clinical effectiveness and the safety of osteopathic practice.

Full of useful statistics and information, the report is relevant to anyone who has an interest in finding out more about osteopathic practice and the evidence that there is available, whether as a patient or a member of the wider general public, a private or NHS commissioner of service or other colleagues in healthcare.

Read the Quality in Osteopathic Practice report from the Institute of Osteopathy.

BASRaT registrar Ollie Coburn has produced a short video illustrating his profession.

Sport Rehabilitators aid people with musculoskeletal pain, injury or illness. They help people to maintain their health and fitness, recover from and prevent injury and reduce pain using exercise, movement and therapy.

The video “Sport Rehabilitation brought to life in 38 seconds!” can be viewed here.

The Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOMM) has produced a short paper mapping capabilities within the published ‘Musculoskeletal core capabilities framework for first point of contact practitioners’* to the Society’s course provision.  

The domains identified within the framework provide categories for the capabilities that underpin first contact practice. Practitioners can be signposted to appropriate modules to facilitate the development of the advanced skills required for their MSK First Contact Practitioner (FCP) role. The Society’s programme of courses already accommodates key capabilities that learners across a range of health professions need, to be able to develop as FCPs. The ‘Theory and Practice of Injection Therapy’ module is currently emerging as essential to support the FCP role and provision has increased to fulfil demand.

As with the Society’s other advanced modules, the injection module builds on the principles and practice of the musculoskeletal medicine approach, as taught through the Society’s educational pathway, but is suitable for all allied health professionals practising at an advanced level in MSK.

The ‘Capabilities (MSK Capabilities Framework) Mapped to SOMM Courses’ paper can be viewed here.

* Health Education England. NHS England and Skills for Health 2018.  NHS England Publications Gateway Reference: 082896

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with Public Health England and Sport England to launch a new physical activity e-learning programme to help healthcare professionals to champion physical activity with patients.

The e-learning programme, which is aimed at GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals, will familiarise the learner with the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity guidelines.

This e-learning course prepares GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals to champion the benefits of physical activity with their patients and, in doing so, help prevent and manage a range of common physical and mental health conditions.

Among the course resources are a ‘how to’ video on “Motivational Interviewing” and a guide to “Promoting Physical Activity in Primary Care”. Satellite sessions explore people’s changing needs across the life course and the crucial impact of physical activity on children, young people and older adults. This programme also gives a comprehensive guide to the use of physical activity in the clinical management of long-term conditions including: cancer, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, musculoskeletal health and mental health. 

The programme is available on the e-LfH Hub and via AICC links.
For more information about the programme, including access details, visit the website.

The BOA is pleased to launch its newest BOA Standard (BOAST) on ‘Fracture Related Infections’ (FRI).

The BOA Trauma Group has produced this document, which is supported by the Orthopaedic Trauma Society and the British Limb Reconstruction Society.

It is available online here.

Versus Arthritis and Red Whale (the GP-Update course providers) are working together to bring healthcare professionals a fantastic new range of free musculoskeletal education, specifically designed to help improve your confidence and skills in supporting people with MSK conditions and to gain valuable CPD points.

Coming soon:

  • Specially curated MSK Pearls that cut through the clutter and focus on the important issues you shouldn’t miss, as well as the small things that might make your lives easier and your patients’ lives better. The MSK Pearls will cover all the evidence guidelines and best practice related to the most common MSK conditions you see in primary care. 
  • A series of free, interactive webinars covering some of the most common MSK conditions seen in primary care. Join Red Whale and Versus Arthritis live and have your chance to interact and ask questions, or watch later ‘on demand’ – the choice is yours.

You will also see some Versus Arthritis faces at the Red Whale MSK and Chronic Pain events, sharing our patient information and support resources as well as information about other education opportunities. You can find more details on the course here.

Sign up to the Versus Arthritis professional network to receive the first MSK pearl later this month; the first one will be on Osteoarthritis, and this topic will be explored in more detail at the first webinar on Osteoarthritis on 17 October at 8:00pm. Sign up with Red Whale here for free and receive reminder emails.

Last October, Moving Medicine was launched by the Honourable Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. The free, evidence-based resources, available at support high quality conversations on physical activity across a broad range of chronic diseases including musculoskeletal pain, inflammatory rheumatic conditions and primary prevention, to mention a few.

The resources are all developed with experts, healthcare professionals and patients, and are endorsed by professional bodies and charities, including ARMA. Whether you have 1 minute, 5 minutes, or more minutes to speak with patients about physical activity, Moving Medicine will help support this. 

For further information visit, contact us, or follow us on social: @movingmedicine on twitter, or @movingmedicineuk on Instagram.