World AS Day took place on Saturday 2nd May. NASS asked members to raise awareness of AS amongst family and friends and help spread the word about AS. In addition to this, there was a social media campaign where we asked people to talk about their goals and what is important to them, holding a banner ‘I want to be able to…’ and completing the phrase. Their goal may be able to go back to work full time, take the dog for a long walk or sleep through the night. The aim of this campaign was to encourage people with AS to discuss their goals with their rheumatology team.
NASS will be talking to rheumatologists and nurses about these goals. Sally Dickinson is presenting at a Rheumatology Nurse education day on Saturday 9 May, Debbie Cook is presenting at a similar event at the end of June and we are due to present at a number of rheumatologist meetings. Putting patients’ goals at the centre of appointments will be our theme at all of these meetings.
Rheumatology Research Information Evening
Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) hosted a Rheumatology Research Information Evening in Londonderry on Thursday 2 April. Ian Bruce talked about PREVeNT RA, Dr Philip Gardiner about current research projects, Dawn Small on joining research advisory groups, Clare Jacklin spoke about NRAS, Laura Richards about setting up NASS branches in Northern Ireland and finally, Dr David Gibson spoke about research carried out by Ulster University at C-TRIC.