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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.

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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 e-lfh.org.uk 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 movingmedicine.ac.uk 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 movingmedicine.ac.uk, contact us contactus@movingmedicine.ac.uk, or follow us on social: @movingmedicine on twitter, facebook.com/movingmed or @movingmedicineuk on Instagram.

A new resource on MSDs for workplaces – ‘Conversation Starters for workplace discussions on musculoskeletal disorders’ – is now available online from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

This is an Occupational safety and health (OSH) resource for running workplace group discussions on MSDs and their prevention. Each activity includes an MSD scenario and a series of questions to facilitate discussion.

The discussion activities also cover raising MSD issues promptly with your employer, and how to speak with your employer/employee about an individual MSD problem, including an RMD – see conversation starters 9 to 12. The resource includes annexes providing tips for employers and workers about having a conversation about an RMD.

Read the news article from EU-OSHA and download the resource here.

EULAR has published a new lay summary: EULAR recommendations for physical activity in people with inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis

EULAR is disseminating the lay versions of the recommendations to patient organisations and healthcare professionals to support patients and carers in managing their condition.

For more lay summaries of EULAR recommendations, go to the EULAR website.

by Michael Ly, Health Intelligence Manager, Versus Arthritis

In January 2019, NHS England published the NHS Long Term Plan, outlining its vision to improve the health and wellbeing of people over the next 10 years. Central to this vision is a commitment to designing and delivering services that are more joined-up, tailored and community-based to meet the needs of local people, including those who face health inequalities.

To do this effectively, the Long Term Plan recognises that local health and care systems will need to work in partnership with communities and charities to understand the health and care needs of their local population.

To support this, members of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, together with Healthwatch and Versus Arthritis, have produced Health and Wellbeing Resources Packs for local health and care systems in England.

The Resources Pack brings together a range of information and data to build a shared understanding about the local population and the communities in which they live, the wider local context affecting health and wellbeing, and specific aspects related to the delivery of local health and care services. This includes existing information from national sources, along with other data about the voluntary sector, local people’s views, and wider social factors affecting health and wellbeing that is perhaps less well known.

It is intended for all those working in and with local health and care systems in England, including those working for the NHS or other public sector services, charities, social enterprises, or special interest and community groups.

Resources Packs have been produced for the 42 STPs and ICSs in England in July 2019.

Read more from the Age UK website.

 

by Sophia Steinberger, Health Intelligence Analyst and Jonathan Canty, Policy Officer, Versus Arthritis

How many people have musculoskeletal conditions in the UK? How are these conditions affecting their lives? What is the breakdown by age, gender, and condition? What is the impact of MSK conditions on work, health services, and the wider economy?

This month Versus Arthritis published the annual State of Musculoskeletal Health 2019 to help answer these questions and many more. The report presents a collection of the best available data on the prevalence, risk factors, comorbidities, and impact of MSK conditions in the UK, to help further the understanding about the people living with and affected by these conditions.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions such as arthritis and back pain affected an estimated 18.8 million people across the UK in 2017. They accounted for more than 22% of the total burden of ill health (morbidity) in the UK, and low back and neck were the biggest cause of ill health overall across all ages.1 While these conditions are incredibly common, many people affected are still not receiving the recognition and support they deserve and need.

The State of Musculoskeletal Health is a resource for health professionals, policy makers, public health leads and anyone interested in MSK health. We believe that with the best information you can build awareness, make more informed decisions, feel more confident and ultimately help more people with MSK conditions.

Read the full report here, which includes powerful short stories from people with arthritis themselves.

1 Global Burden of Disease Collaborative Network. Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 (GBD 2017) Results. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Seattle, 2018.