Parliamentary Reception: Wednesday 9th October
Arthritis Research UK is holding a Parliamentary reception on Wednesday 9th October, 1-3pm, Dining Room A, as part of their National Arthritis Week activity, in the lead up to World Arthritis Day on Saturday 12th October. All ARMA members are very warmly welcome to join us. Please contact Matthew Rowbotham.
Early Day Motion 499: National Arthritis Week
Andy Sawford, MP for Corby, has tabled an Early Day Motion (below) with cross-party support to raise awareness of the burden of arthritis, and five recommendations aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people with musculoskeletal conditions.
It would be hugely appreciated if ARMA members could pass this on to any MPs you work with and encourage them to support it:
This House welcomes Arthritis Research UK’s National Arthritis Week from 7th– 13th October 2013; recognises the substantial impact that arthritis and musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions including back pain and osteoporosis have on people’s daily lives; acknowledges that musculoskeletal conditions affect over 10 million people and account for the largest proportion of years lived with disability in the UK; welcomes Arthritis Research UK’s ‘Understanding arthritis’ report with its five recommendations to improve the health and wellbeing of people with these conditions, namely ensuring NHS England fulfil their NHS Mandate objective to offer everyone with a long term condition a care plan; for MSK conditions to be included within Public Health England’s three year set of priorities; ensuring there is a Fracture Liaison Service linked to every hospital involved in the care of people with fragility fractures; NHS England prioritising data collection of patients’ conditions and treatments in data poor areas such as Rheumatology and Orthopaedic outpatient appointments; and encouraging GPs to routinely ask people with MSK conditions if they experience depression and anxiety.
New data projects awarded
Arthritis Research UK has awarded grants for two data protects, the M-PROM and MSK calculator. You can read more information on patient-reported outcome measures and the musculoskeletal calculator from the arthritisresearchuk.org site.