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ARMA worked with Public Health England and Business in the Community to develop a new toolkit for employers in the workplace, which launched at the Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference in the NEC today (7 March 2017). Musculoskeletal conditions are an important consideration for businesses as they are a leading cause of pain and disability in the UK, affecting many employees.

The toolkit draws together information for employers to support staff in the prevention, early identification, management and adaptation for people affected by musculoskeletal conditions. The musculoskeletal toolkit is a simple step-by-step guide dealing with back, neck, muscle and joint pain at work. It will help employers access the best free resources that are available for their organisation and employees.

You can access the toolkit from the Business in the Community website.

ARMA is working with Public Health England and Business In The Community to develop a new toolkit for employers in the workplace, which launches in Spring/Summer 2017. Musculoskeletal conditions are an important consideration for businesses as they are a leading cause of pain and disability in the UK, affecting many employees.

The toolkit draws together information for employers to support staff in the prevention, early identification, management and adaptation for people affected by musculoskeletal conditions. The musculoskeletal toolkit is a simple step-by-step guide dealing with back, neck, muscle and joint pain at work. It will help employers access the best free resources that are available for their organisation and employees.

At the Health and Wellbeing at Work conference in the NEC on 7-8 March 2017, presentations and flyers will raise awareness and anticipation of the MSK toolkit pre-launch to employers and hundreds of delegates.

On the 21st February, Arthritis Research UK hosted a drop-in event in Parliament as part of our Work Matters to Me Campaign. The event was a great success with 53 MPs and one Peer in attendance, including the Minister for Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt, the Shadow Health Minister, Barbara Keeley, the SNP Health Spokesperson, Martyn Day, and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle

Our campaign calls for the Government to better support people living with long-term conditions such as arthritis, so that they can find and remain in suitable work. We are asking MPs to write to the Government in support of the campaign and have also submitted a response to the Government’s consultation on the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper.

Arthritis Research UK on BBC Radio 4

In the last week of February, Arthritis Research UK was featured on the BBC Radio 4 show You and Yours speaking about arthritis and how it affects peoples’ working lives, young people and what treatments are available.

The broadcasts went out live on Radio 4 between 12:15 and 1pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (22nd-24th) and will be available to listen to afterwards on the BBC website at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qps9.

 

Reminder – Launch of Arthritis Research UK’s new report

We are pleased to be launching our new report ‘Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions’ at the Local Government Association/Associated Directors of Public Health conference on the 9th of March at the Victoria Park Plaza hotel in London.

The report has been produced in partnership with the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England and is intended for organisations responsible for commissioning and providing local services, as well as musculoskeletal and physical activity organisations who may find it of interest.  It summarises the evidence of the benefits of physical activity for people living with musculoskeletal conditions and presents a framework for local physical activity provision to meet the needs of people with musculoskeletal conditions.

We have secured a speaking session at the conference to talk about the work detailed in the report from 12:25 to 1:15 pm.  This will be chaired by Dr Benjamin Ellis, Senior Clinical Policy Advisor at Arthritis Research UK and the other speakers are Nuzhat Ali, Lead Older Adults, Health and Wellbeing at PHE, Jane Connor, Head of Public Health Development at the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Christine Thomas, expert patient volunteer at Arthritis Research UK.  We encourage anyone attending the conference to join our session.

 

Our response to the UK Government consultation

ARMA welcomes the recognition in the Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Paper of the need to address musculoskeletal conditions and work.

Musculoskeletal conditions are among the commonest causes of people’s inability to work and, as evidenced in the Global Burden of Disease study (2015), are the single biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK. Less than two-thirds of working age people with musculoskeletal conditions are in work. MSK conditions are the leading cause of sickness absence, resulting in 30.6 million working days lost each year and one in five visits to the GP. They are associated with anxiety and depression. The impact of MSK problems on work is predicted to increase and with people working into older ages, the impact on work will also increase.

Read the full response here.

We look forward to working with the Joint Work and Health Unit and ARMA members to provide more detailed support from the musculoskeletal community to realise the opportunities that the Green Paper proposes.