World Arthritis Day

 

The official World Arthritis Day is celebrated on 12 October, although campaigning continues around the year.

The aims of World Arthritis Day are to raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) amongst the medical community, people with RMDs and the general public.

To influence public policy by making decision-makers aware of the burden of RMDs and the steps which can be taken to ease it.

To ensure all people with RMDs and their caregivers are aware of the vast support network available to them.

To mark World Arthritis Day on 12th October and the this year’s theme of ‘Move to Improve’, NRAS have arranged a live webchat with Paul Burstow MP, Minister responsible for Long Term Conditions in collaboration with the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy (CSP). NRAS CEO Ailsa Bosworth and CSP CEO Phil Gray will be taking part with Paul Burstow to highlight the impor-tance of access to physiotherapy for RA patients and discuss findings from a recent NRAS survey on the value of physiotherapy and its availability to people with RA. The webchat will take place from 12-12.30 on Wednesday 12th October.

Full details of how to access the live webchat will be posted on the NRAS website. All are welcome to participate.

A press release highlighting the results of the survey will be released on 12th  October and issued to the press under embargo prior to that date.

We shall be encouraging our members and any-one with RA or health professionals treating people with RA to log on and participate in this event whether you wish to ask a question or just want to follow the debate.

Please contact Jamie Hewitt at Jamie@nras.org.uk or call 0845 453 3969 for full details of how to log on or get a copy of the survey when it is published.

 

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