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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.

Vacancies

The NICE Fellows and Scholars programmes will be recruiting to their 2020 intake from Monday 2 September until Monday 28 October 2019.

Fellowships

Are you an experienced leader in health and social care? Could you build an influential network that helps us to implement our guidance? NICE fellows are experienced leaders from the field of health and social care who are our ambassadors at regional and national levels.

Learn more about NICE Fellows. Fellowship recruitment is now open until 28 October 2019.
Find out more about how to apply.

Scholarships

Would you like the opportunity to improve the quality of care and contribute to your professional development?

NICE Scholarships are one-year opportunities to find out about the inner workings of NICE. You’d undertake a supported improvement project, related to our guidance, within a local organisation, national charity or voluntary sector organisation.

Learn more about NICE Scholars. View examples of potential projects that might be suitable activities for scholars. Scholarship recruitment is now open until 28 October 2019.

Find out more about how to apply. For more information about either programme, please don’t hesitate to contact fandsapplication@nice.org.uk.

Could you be the new treasurer of ARMA? This is an ideal opportunity for someone who wishes to gain experience of serving as a charity treasurer. As a small charity, ARMA’s finances are relatively straightforward, so you don’t necessarily need to be a highly qualified accountant. The skills and knowledge required might have been gained through financial qualifications, running a business or previous treasurer experience.

An interest in improving health services is desirable, but we do not require any previous experience of working in health services. Similarly, an interest in or experience of musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis would be an advantage but is not essential.

ARMA Trustees are appointed for an initial three-year term and after that are eligible to stand for a further three-year term. This is an unpaid honorary post. Board meetings take place on a quarterly basis and you will be expected to give your time for four meetings, three of which are online and one of which takes place in London. Reasonable expenses are reimbursed. As Treasurer you will also monitor the finances monthly and raise any concerns, report to Board meetings and provide advice on an ad hoc basis to staff. You will not be required to do the bookkeeping and will receive monthly management accounts from the accountant. You will liaise with the Chief Executive in preparation for Board meetings.

For more information, contact projects@arma.uk.net.

Ehlers-Danlos Support UK and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), have announced (26 July 2019) that they will co-fund the world’s first Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) nurse. The two organisations have together pledged £119,500, for a two-year pilot. The nurse will be part of a four-person specialist team at UCLH, which sees approximately 600-700 new EDS cases a year.

The care pathway for an EDS patient is extremely complex. For example, one recent patient attending the clinic at UCLH had 97 appointments over a period of one year and was under seven different hospitals. All too often, people with EDS attend multiple appointments with no clear outcome because knowledge about and treatment of EDS greatly varies. Ehlers-Danlos Support UK and UCLH believe that once the EDS specialist nurse is in post, and people with EDS are referred to the UCLH Hypermobility Clinic, patients will benefit from better coordinated care so that when they return to their local area they have one specialist point of contact and move from a fragmented care pathway to a streamlined one.

This will both improve the local management of people’s EDS and reduce the number of hospital appointments they need. At the same time, by contributing to the understanding of the prevalence of systemic EDS symptoms and tracking the healthcare needs of these patients, the EDS nurse will be able to provide valuable input into the ongoing evolution of EDS patient care in the UK.

UCLH consultant rheumatologist Dr Hanadi KazKaz said: “This is an important step in ensuring that EDS patients can access joined-up care and be signposted to a specialist clinic which can greatly improve their treatment plan. We are delighted to be able to offer this additional specialist expertise to patients in partnership with Ehlers-Danlos Support UK.”

Kay Julier, CEO, Ehlers-Danlos Support UK said: “Being able to fund the world’s first EDS nurse is a real milestone in how EDS is diagnosed and treated. Despite affecting at least one in 5,000 people, it remains misunderstood and the result is that people with EDS experience extremely cumbersome and frustrating care. Thanks to the funding from the EDS community who have donated and fundraised over the years, we are now in a position, through our partnership with UCLH, to affect what we hope will be real change.

“The EDS nurse will be able to ensure a much more effective post diagnosis care pathway for patients. By also reducing the cost of care to the NHS we are hopeful that after the trial the NHS will be willing to fund the position long term, and we are looking at how we can seed fund similar positions across the UK,” Julier concluded.

The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes are a group of genetic connective tissue disorders, which impact the whole body. One type of EDS (vascular EDS) is life-limiting. Those suffering with EDS can have chronic pain, frequent joint dislocations, fatigue, allergy-like symptoms, gut, bowel and bladder problems as well as sudden collapses. Currently in the UK, the average time to diagnosis is 10 years. It is hoped that interviews for the role will commence on Monday 19th August 2019, with a view to the successful applicant being in place by early November 2019.

If you would like to apply for the role, please visit: jobs.uclh.nhs.uk.

The UK Gout Society is seeking a new patient trustee.
Those interested should apply to info@ukgoutsociety.org.

The iO is advertising the opportunity to join the Osteopathic Foundation as project manager. It is a part-time, one-year fixed term position in the first instance, with the potential to move to a full-time permanent role.

For salary, job spec and more details, please visit the jobs and appointments page on the iO website.

Closing date: 22 July 2019.

Arthritis Action is currently recruiting for the position of Fundraising Manager to join their team in London.

To apply, please download the job description below and email your CV with accompanying cover letter addressing how you meet the person specification, to Despina: despina@arthritisaction.org.uk .

Applications should be received by 5pm on Monday 21 January, at the latest. The first stage of interviews will be held at Arthritis Action’s office in Victoria on 24 January 2019.

Visit the job posts page on the Arthritis Action website to download the job description.

FOREUM – Foundation for Research in Rheumatology – announces its Call for International Fellowships (1 year).

FOREUM is committed to funding and promoting scientific research into rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD) and has a goal to foster links between rheumatology units in different countries. Consistent with these goals is the establishment of a call for international fellowships that have the specific objective of facilitating the development of research capacity and training high-calibre applicants in RMD research.

Letters of intent can be submitted until 15 February 2019. If you are interested to apply for a grant, please find all information on the application page on the FOREUM website.

Arthritis Research UK have an exciting opportunity to help a major charity build excellent and impactful research. They are seeking a highly skilled Research Programme Manager, to join the Research Awards and Translation Team to manage the charity’s research funding activities.

Location: London or Chesterfield 
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week 
Salary: £38,000 – £41,000 + Benefits 
Contract type: Fixed 12 months 
Closing date: by midnight on Sunday 12 August

Download the job description and person specification (Word 174KB)

Read more about the role from the arthritisresearchuk.org website.