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  • The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) is the umbrella body for the arthritis and musculoskeletal community in the UK, and our mission is to transform the quality of life of people with musculoskeletal conditions. We have 33 member organisations ranging from specialised support groups for rare diseases to major research charities and national professional bodies.

Tag: Stoke-on-Trent

ARMA Stoke would like to let you know they are having their 3rd meeting of the year for the ARMA/Haywood user group.
This will be on Friday 15th September at 1pm in the lecture room at the Haywood Hospital, Burslem, Stoke -on-Trent.

Refreshments will be available from 12:30pm.

Presentations on the day include Brighter Futures (Mental Health), Osteoarthritis Day for patients, the Blue Iris Project and other updates from the hospital.


Geoffrey Lawton, Stoke ARMA group chair, invites you to:

The HUG/ARMA group meeting on 19th May 2017

at 1pm, in the Lecture room of

Haywood Hospital, Burslem, Stoke on Trent ST6 7AG


Refreshments will be provided from 12:45pm and drinks during the meeting.

A wide range of topics are on the agenda including presentations on all aspects of Arthritis-related treatments.

A group of senior delegates from the NHS Health Literacy Collaborative Group visited the Haywood Hospital in late February to look at the Patient Information and Resource Centre, (PIER) and see what effect its presence has had on the health literacy of patients and carers using the hospital.

NHS delegation photo

Mike Oliver, third right and June Brammar, fourth from left, with NHS Health Literacy Collaborative Group members and PIER volunteers. [click for full size photo]

Based within the outpatients’ area of the Haywood Hospital, the PIER, which opened in October 2015, provides patients, their families and carers with access to information on arthritis and related conditions. Visitors have access to a range of printed and online material in modern comfortable surroundings.

The group had a presentation on the PIER by June Brammar, project manager rheumatology, and had a chance to see the PIER and meet some of the 22 volunteers who help to run the centre.

June Brammar commented: “The visit was a great opportunity to showcase the PIER and the fantastic team of volunteers that bring it to life. The majority of the volunteers are former or current patients so they really have a grasp of what information and sign posting patients and carers are looking for.”

The visit was coordinated by Mike Oliver, the project manager for health literacy in Stoke-on-Trent’s Public Health team.

There is local interest in establishing a new NRAS support group in the Stoke area.

An initial meeting will take place on –
Tuesday 8th November 2016, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

This is an open meeting and free to attend with presentations and a Q&A with an expert panel including healthcare professionals from the Rheumatology team at the Haywood Hospital.

Register your interest by calling Kim or Gill on 01628 823524, or email

NRAS Stoke on Trent Area
Main Hall,
Haywood Academy,
High Lane,
Stoke on Trent

stoke-arma-nhs-bannerThe Musculoskeletal Research Facilitation group (known locally as the CAT group) has been awarded an ‘Outstanding Best Practice Award’ from the British Society of Rheumatology (BSR). The group is supported by researchers from the IPCHS1 at Keele University, and uses Critically Appraised Topics (CATs) to identify areas where the evidence behind clinical practice is unknown, to inform the research agenda and implement clinical change.


keele-logoThe Chair of the judging panel (Dr Peter Lanyon) for the 2016 Best Practice Awards in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Health informed us that the CAT group has been selected as an award winner in the category of Outstanding Best Practice. He extended congratulations to the team for this excellent achievement. The panel was greatly impressed by the innovative approach taken by this initiative, in meeting the challenge of translating research into changes in clinical practice. The panel felt that there was strong evidence of impact on the delivery of patient care and that the collaborative approach taken to address emerging clinical issues could be adopted by other services.


The group will receive a certificate that will be presented to all winners at the BSR Annual Conference in Glasgow.

In addition to the award, all winning projects will be turned into a short case study and collated into a case study pack for use by BSR in promotional activity going forward. This will include work with NICE, NHS England and clinical commissioning groups. These case study packs will be available at the annual conference and each case study will also be made into a poster, which will be on display in the main conference auditorium across the three days of conference.

bsr-best-practiceLater this year a Best Practice Awards learning event open to all participating sites as a way of sharing best practice and influencing service change.  This will involve presentations to peers and other select guests from the world of policy and commissioning. 

By Kay Stevenson, Consultant Physiotherapist, Haywood Hospital


The Haywood Foundation (HRRDF) and the Stoke on Trent ARMA Group are very pleased to announce the opening of the new Patient Information Education and Resource Centre (PIER).


The Event

The official opening event took place on Monday 12th October 2015 at the Haywood Hospital. During the event a number of presentations took place, followed by the official opening by Gordon Banks OBE, President of HRRDF.


Following the official opening inviting guests were taken on a tour of the PIER area, after which, there was an opportunity to see and interact with a number of learning stations, positioned within the outpatients’ area.


The PIER is based within the outpatients’ area of the Haywood Hospital in Burslem Stoke on Trent and aims to provide patients, their families and carers with access to high quality information, not only on arthritis, but also with the aim of helping people self-manage a range of conditions. It will also signpost them to statutory and community organisations who can help through support and education.

The PIER is manned by staff, members of the local ARMA Group and volunteers who offer guidance, support and a signposting service.
The Centre stocks a wide range of information, leaflets and publications and has a comfortable drop-in seating area where information can be browsed at leisure. There are computers for use by our visitors during staffed opening hours which are from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

The PIER has been made possible by the generous funding and support from the Haywood Foundation.haywood-arthritis-logo

For more information about the PIER please contact:
June Brammar,
Project Manager, Rheumatology


ARMA logo in square formA little over two years ago I wrote about the Patient Information, Education and Research centre – or PIER room for short – a project that we at the ARMA group in Stoke have developed in conjunction with the funding and support of The Haywood Foundation.

After a lot of hard work we are at last able to announce that we will have the official opening on World Arthritis Day on October 12th 2015. Although we have three computers that can be used by the public, we only have a small number of documents and leaflets that we can give out, and as the PIER centre’s main focus will be on musculoskeletal conditions I thought that I would ask any organisations that read this, whether members of ARMA or not, if you are able to help.

We’re really hoping for anything that will be useful to patients: we will be happy to receive digital documents, any links to web-based information, or info in the form of magazines or leaflets that can be put on a display stand (if required, we can pay a small amount for these).

If you think that you can help us with our information gathering, please contact June Brammer, the Haywood Hospitals project manager at


Keele University Research

Although Geoff and I have been working hard with the PIER centre we have also attended a significant number of local seminars under the ARMA banner, and we believe that we have been able to help make a difference, no matter how small, in helping the MSK community in our area.

I would like to give a belated thank you to Andrew Finney, a research fellow and lecturer of nursing at Keele University, who came to our last meeting to give us a follow-up talk on his research into Community Support for Multisite Peripheral Joint Pain. He thanked our members for their input and help in his research, and explained the adjustments to his questionnaire due to that input. I should also congratulate two of our members, Adele and Carol, who, with the support of Keele University, attended the last EULAR conference.

These are just two examples of the many aspects of our continuing work that we undertake to better patient care, not only locally but also universally. The vast majority of our membership is made up of patients; nonetheless, I believe we are doing work that, not so long ago, was considered impossible for us to do. If we, a small patient group, can contribute toward improved healthcare, I feel certain that the other networks around the country that consist mainly of healthcare professionals are making much larger changes. To those I would like to say thank you, and keep up the good work.

Steve Tatton
co-chair ARMA Stoke-on-Trent network.