Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

Silverstone Half Marathon

NRAS has charity places in this half marathon which takes place on 15th March 2015 at the iconic Silverstone motor racing circuit. This is great as a first half marathon or a good training run for any aspiring marathon runners!
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NRAS Annual Conference 2014

Last Friday we held the 3rd NRAS Annual Conference in West Yorkshire. It was an excellent day full of interesting presentations, opportunities to try Tai Chi and Pilates and time to socialise with others living with RA.

We were privileged to have Dr Maya Buch speak about clinical trials and the work she is involved in as a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinician Scientist. Dr Buch is also a Senior Lecturer at Leeds University and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at Chapel Allerton Hospital.

TaiChi-and-PilatesHer colleague, Dr Ai Lyn Tan, also attended the conference and gave an interesting talk on the importance of Early Arthritis Clinics and ‘Treat to Target’.

We were also very grateful to our other presenters who enabled those attending to explore the benefits of exercise, the power of food and nutrition, have taster sessions of Tai Chi and Pilates, learn about Social Media and how to cope with fatigue.

The presentations will be put onto the Members’ area of our website shortly and we will notify you all as soon as they are available. Details of our 2015 Annual Conference will be announced early next year so do keep an eye out for it!


Our 2014 Christmas Card Range is Now Live!

Despite the fine weather we have been having this week it is now time to talk about Christmas! We are pleased to bring you our Christmas card collection for this year and have seven new designs to help you spread the festive cheer far and wide, as well as new money wallets.

Once again we are offering FREE postage on your order and we have frozen prices at our 2013 prices, that’s £4 per pack of 10 (£1 per money wallet).

Be sure to beat the Christmas rush and head over to the website or call the fundraising team on 01628 823524 to place your order.

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NRAS Prepares for New Service Launch in Sussex

Sussex is the second area of England to put NHS musculoskeletal services out to tender. Altogether three tenders were issued across the county and a partnership, led by Brighton Integrated Care Services (a social enterprise), has secured two of the contracts covering central and east Sussex.

NRAS has been directly involved in supporting the BICS bids and is now preparing to contribute practical support for people with RA to improve the way they self-manage their condition and enhance their overall health and well-being.

NRAS will be working closely with health and social care professionals, as well as a small group of local voluntary organisations, to develop a more holistic service that responds to the full range of needs experienced by people living with RA and other forms of arthritis. The new direct services that NRAS is planning will start in the autumn this year.


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