Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance


Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance work together to improve services for patients.

BCU Health Board and the North Wales ARMA have agreed to work together to strengthen the planning and commissioning of services for chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The partnership was launched at an event at Llandudno Hospital on 31st July.


Click for full size. Photo shows (left to right) Dr Peter Higson, Chairman, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board; Christopher Sweetnam, Chairperson of North Wales ARMA; Nia Lederle, North Wales Area Development Manager, Arthritis Care; and Karen Newby, Chair of North Wales Lupus Group.

Signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the Health Board and the NW ARMA, Health Board Chairman, Dr. Peter Higson said: “We are delighted to be working with the North Wales Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance to ensure that patients can contribute to the way we design and deliver our arthritis and musculoskeletal services.”

“The involvement of key stakeholders and service users provides valuable support in shaping services so that they meet our patients’ needs. We look forward to a long and positive relationship with North Wales ARMA.”

Christopher Sweetnam, Chairperson of North Wales ARMA and a backcare service user and representative said: “This is the formalisation of the start of an important journey ensuring representation of service users and their support organisations in the development, planning, monitoring and evaluation of musculoskeletal services in North Wales.”

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