Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

New MSK core skills training for GPs

by Garreth

Arthritis Research UK and RCGP launch new MSK core skills training for GPs and GPSTs

Working with the Royal College of General Practitioners, Arthritis Research UK has funded and jointly developed a new training programme to improve GPs’ and GPSTs’ core skills in diagnosing and managing musculoskeletal conditions. The training project consists of e-learning modules, face to face workshops focused on clinical skills, and an ‘impact toolkit’ which contains practical resources for GPs.


Conditions covered include:

• gout and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)
• osteoarthritis (OA) – supported self-management and behaviour change
• fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) – explanation and signposting
• common upper and lower limb conditions
• spinal conditions – bio psychosocial approach, discussions around work

To access free e-learning modules go to or to find out more about the project go to Arthritis Research UK website.


The call for proposals to further develop and validate a generic Musculoskeletal Patient Reported Outcome Measure (M-PROM) is fast approaching its closing deadline of 29th March 2013. We’re delighted this has generated such interest in the community and hope this interest will increase even more as the M-PROM starts to take shape. Over the next couple of months, all received applications will go through an external peer review process.

Musculoskeletal Calculator

In an information exercise to develop the Musculoskeletal (MSK) Calculator, Arthritis Research UK have been speaking with various end users to better understand how data drives design, and to ensure the MSK calculator meets people’s needs. Public health practitioners, general practitioners, orthopaedic and rheumatology consultants, local councillors and commissioners all contributed their thoughts on what data is needed and what data would be desirable.

New Policy Officer at Arthritis Research UK

Arthritis Research UK are delighted to welcome Amy Forbes to their team.

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