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The NASS Facebook Live sessions have been running since March, helping people to manage their axial SpA (AS) in these unprecedented times and beyond. All of these sessions are available live, allowing comments and questions to be answered. Check the NASS Facebook events page for details of upcoming sessions.

The sessions are also recorded and form part of ‘My AS My Life’ – a new self-management hub on the NASS website.

The A2E deadline has been extended

The Aspiring to Excellence programme 2020 will now close to applications on 18 September 2020.

New2RA Right Start

The NRAS New2RA Right Start service supports people newly diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis to understand their diagnosis and how it is likely to affect them. Getting the right, supportive start can help people to make adjustments to their behaviour, lifestyle and health beliefs and understand why self-management is essential, and learn how to make those important first steps to managing their disease effectively.

Further information can be accessed on the NRAS New2RA Right Start service page. This service is essential during this time for those newly diagnosed during the COVID-19 crisis, offering extra support when appointments are being delayed.

NRAS Website chatbot

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) and earthware are pleased to announce a partnership to deliver a new patient-support chatbot.

The chatbot will be available on the NRAS website and will help answer questions from its visitors, ensuring easier navigation to information available. For more information visit the NRAS partnership press release.

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK) has updated their Staying Active at Home resources to include a series of short videos introducing some simple exercises that can be carried out at home, and which are particularly suitable for people who are older or have long-term health conditions. They include exercises that can be performed while sitting, standing, walking or lying down, and were produced with the help of Pure Sports Medicine.

You can watch the videos on our Youtube channel, or find the full set of Staying Active at Home resources on the FSEM website.

People with fibromyalgia are finding themselves wondering whether they are more at risk of getting Coronavirus, as are other chronically ill and healthy people. The lack of clarity over the origin of our condition does not help in these circumstances. The government uses broad categories to inform people and control risk to vulnerable people. But these broad categories are collecting people and inflaming their anxiety, which does not help their chronic condition.

FMA UK has created a webpage that will be regularly updated to point to latest government guidelines and specific information for people with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia does not fall under the specific risk groups on its own because it is not an autoimmune condition or degenerative neurological condition. However, people who contract this virus will most likely have a worse time of it than a healthy person if they have more than a mild case.

For fibromyalgia and coronavirus information please visit this page: https://www.fmauk.org/coronavirus.

Many people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and their families will be concerned about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) affects them. NRAS has provided a summary of all the important information that you need to know about Coronavirus and rheumatoid arthritis, including:

    • What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Links to official information

NRAS Live: Ask your questions

Starting from 19th March 2020, NRAS will be hosting regular Q&A webinar sessions to address as many of your concerns and questions around Rheumatoid Arthritis and COVID-19 as possible.

Watch the video from the latest NRAS Live: Coronavirus Q&A Part 2

NICE has produced new, rapid guidelines on the active management of COVID-19 infection, which are likely to include patients with rheumatoid arthritis. NICE is also reviewing guidance on ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in relation to impact on Covid-19 illness. Please see this page: https://www.nice.org.uk/covid-19

We’ve received some specific online resources from our alliance members from health profession organisations, listed below.

British Orthopaedic Association: https://www.boa.ac.uk/ (select from the carousel)

Chartered society of Physiotherapy: https://www.csp.org.uk/news/coronavirus

CSP remote working resource: https://www.csp.org.uk/publications/covid-19-guide-rapid-implementation-remote-consultations

Institute of Osteopathy: https://www.iosteopathy.org/covid-19/

 

You can also check the websites of all our healthcare profession members here.

Children with a musculoskeletal condition and their parents are understandably concerned about coronavirus (covid-19) and their wellbeing. The following websites may be useful.

Scottish Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Network (SPARN)
Information for parents and patients on children and young people and Coronavirus (Covid-19):
https://www.sparn.scot.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20-03-24-COVID-patient-information-SPARN.pdf

Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association (Kids with Arthritis incorporating JIA Matters)
Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/CCAAorguk/