Parliamentary reception: Arthritis Research UK is holding a reception in Parliament on 10 June 2015 (13:00-15:00, Dining Room A). It would be great to have as many people from the musculoskeletal sector there as possible, and you are all welcome to attend. Please contact Michael at m.watson@arthritisresearchuk.
Working with musculoskeletal conditions: We are holding a symposium ‘Working with musculoskeletal conditions’ on 16 June 2015. It will bring together people with musculoskeletal conditions, policy leads, members of the academic community and employers to discuss current initiatives and identify opportunities for action. For further information contact Laura: l.boothman@
116 Arthritis Champions elected: Election night 2015 was hugely successful for our Arthritis Champion campaign, with over 100 of our champions, from all of the major parties, being elected to Parliament. The Arthritis Champion campaign is all about making sure people with arthritis aren’t ignored, making sure there are new MPs standing up for local people with arthritis. Since October 2014 people with arthritis across the UK have been emailing their election candidates about the fight to beat arthritis, asking for real political action. From Ross, Skye and Lochaber in Scotland to Lewes in East Sussex, as well as in Wales and Northern Ireland, our champions will be promoting the policies in our manifesto, helping to prevent and cure arthritis while transforming services for the people living with it now.
Find out who our elected champions are here.
Now that the election is over we’re determined to hit the ground running and have written to all MPs to let them know what they can do immediately in their first 100 days as an MP to help to deliver the policies in the Prevent, Transform, Cure manifesto. We’ll also be seeking ways to work with Prime Minister David Cameron, who signed up to be an Arthritis Champion during the campaign.
For further information contact Jon: j.havens@arthritisresearchuk.
MSK-HQ conference: In partnership with NHS England, we are funding the development and clinical testing of a patient reported outcome measure (PROM) called the Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire (MSK-HQ). We are hosting the MSK-HQ Conference on the 28th May 2015. The event will provide update on the progress of the MSK-HQ, as well a wider outlook on the future of PROMS in the NHS. For more information please contact Christine Samson: c.samson@arthritisresearchuk.