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This month LUPUS UK has published its new leaflet for patients, ‘Lupus and Depression’.

Depression is a common manifestation in people with lupus, so the purpose of this leaflet is to provide information and also signpost available support services.

The new leaflet is available free of charge by contacting LUPUS UK National Office. Alternatively it can be viewed and downloaded from the Living with Lupus section of our website.


LUPUS UK Re-brand – Coming Soon

On Monday 12th October 2015, LUPUS UK will be revealing their new re-brand. This overhaul of the current appearance of the charity will incorporate all of our existing publications and we shall also be launching a new website which will be more user-friendly and optimised for mobile and tablet devices.

More news about the changes will be following in due course.

Exercising-with-Lupus_x200To mark World Lupus Day on May 10th 2015, LUPUS UK launched a new video called, ‘Exercising with Lupus’. The video, featuring fitness presenter and lupus patient, Nana Akua (AKA LadyXsize), demonstrates a variety of gentle exercises and a five-minute stretch workout that are suitable for many people with lupus to do within their own home.

Hopefully the video will aid many lupus patients in introducing some light exercise to their lifestyle and they will notice benefits to their wellbeing as a result. The video can be watched on the Lupus diet and exercise page of LUPUS UK website.


Lupus Information Videos

On Saturday May 9th 2015 LUPUS UK hosted a lupus information afternoon in Birmingham and welcomed three guest speakers; Prof Caroline Gordon (Consultant Rheumatologist, City Hospital), Dr Ben Rhodes (Consultant Rheumatologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital) and Sarah Logan (Renal Specialist Nurse, Queen Elizabeth Hospital). The speakers discussed a variety of ‘lupus’ related topics for the members present.

Video recordings of each presentation can be viewed Info Day Videos.

National Osteoporosis Society siteThe National Osteoporosis Society has launched the following resources to support the implementation of Fracture Liaison Services (FLS), which are recognised as the best practice model for secondary fracture prevention.

Clinical Standards for Fracture Liaison Services (FLS)

The UK’s first set of national clinical standards for FLS set out the core criteria every FLS should meet to replicate evidence-based best practice. The Standards have been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Physicians, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, British Geriatric Society, British Menopause Society, British Orthopaedic Association, British Society for Rheumatology, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the International Osteoporosis Foundation and are now available online at Fracture Liaison Services.

Health professionals can now compare their local services to the FLS Standards using the National Osteoporosis Society 7-minute “Yes” / “No” survey.

Fracture Prevention Practitioner online training

This course is the first of its kind in the UK and offers specialist training at both foundation and advanced levels for all health professionals involved in secondary fracture prevention. The course has been accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners and Royal College of Physicians and offers 4 CPD points on completion. It is available at

FLS Implementation Toolkit

The toolkit has been developed by the National Osteoporosis Society, with support from professional and public bodies, to support commissioners and health professionals improve the care they provide to people with osteoporosis and fragility fractures. The toolkit contains a suite of fully editable templates that take some of the hard work out of establishing a new Fracture Liaison Service or developing an existing one. It can be found at

All the National Osteoporosis Society’s FLS resources can be found at our FLS resources page.

MSK Fair Assessment Report

Last month Arthritis Research UK published a report making a series of recommendations designed to improve the recognition of conditions such as osteoarthritis and back pain in assessments.
It is called A Fair Assessment? Musculoskeletal Conditions – The need for local prioritisation’.

The report sets out the results of research into the Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWS) of the 152 local authorities that have a statutory duty to publish them, along with any supporting documents.

In particular, we looked for the number and context of mentions of:

  • Generic mentions of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions/diseases
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Back/back pain
  • Fragility fractures, bone health, osteoporosis and falls owing to an underlying musculoskeletal conditions.

Macmillan-learnzone-squareA useful document from Macmillan for anyone who has an interest in how services are planned and commissioned and how the public can be involved in this. Macmillan has facilitated a number of events and developed resources to support facilitators to help the public get involved in influencing commissioning.

See and Download Macmillan’s Influencing Commissioning manual in their Learnzone.

Networks-map-picThe ARMA office has just created and published a Network Induction Pack. It is a guide to provide advice and assistance when forming a new network, and also details specific advice for already established Networks.

pdf-iconYou can download the Network Induction Pack (655 Kb) by clicking the PDF icon.

A core aim for ARMA is to foster co-operation, understanding and mutual support between
individuals and organisations. Visit our ARMA Networks and Local Groups page.

BOA-ortho-bannerAs many of you will be aware the British Orthopaedic Association has developed commissioning guidance documents aimed at helping those involved in the commissioning of services. They cover a range of treatment areas that include painful deformed great toe in adults, painful tingling fingers, pain arising from the hip in adults, painful osteoarthritis of the knee, low back pain and subacromial shoulder pain.

Each guide has been put together by a dedicated multidisciplinary guidance development group, with representatives from Specialist Societies, primary care, physicians, commissioners, patient groups, therapists and clinicians involved in the delivery of care for the particular pathway. In this respect, these final documents can be seen as consensus statements from different care providers which define optimal commissioning of services for these conditions.

The Commissioning guides can be found on the BOA website in PDF form.