ARMA Newletter | Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Alliance  | October 2018

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ARMA Newletter | Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Alliance  | October 2018

Harnessing a collective focus to transform MSK services

In this issue

Harnessing a collective focus to transform MSK services


CEO update

Harnessing a collective focus to transform MSK services

“MSK – Not a challenge anyone can solve alone”


“ARMA is all about collaboration, seeing the value of working together, the power of combining the perspectives of patients alongside a range of professionals. We hope that the NHS ten-year plan will also recognise both MSK, and the importance of a multidisciplinary pathway approach to supporting people with MSK conditions.” 


Webinar: Setting up a MSK Service

Restrictions on access to care – the impact of waiting for surgery

  • Guest blog by Justine Clarke, Chief Operating Officer, British Orthopaedic Association

MSK services survey – Please let us know what is happening locally

We need you to support ARMA during Bone and Joint Week 2018

12-20 October 2018

12-20 October is a time of important collective campaign activity for ARMA members, with Bone and Joint Week.

The theme of campaign is:

“Musculoskeletal conditions: The elephant in the room?”

During #BoneJointWeek  ARMA will be releasing a variety of infographics shariing important messages which the professionals within ARMA’s policy and Communications team have designed and created.

They ask us to share / retweet from @WeAreARMA  and to also keep our eyes peeled for vlogs from the event too

When retweeting or sharing on other social media channels can you please use the following hashtag #BoneJointWeek 

12-20 October – Bone and Joint Week:

12 October: World Arthritis Day

16 October: World Spine Day

19 October: World Paediatric Bone & Joint Day

20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

Bone and Joint Week 2018 is part of an international campaign to improve musculoskeletal health.

Webinar – Commissioning for Quality:

Community-based Rheumatology Service | 19 October 2018 – 12.30 – 1.30

  • Who should attend? Commissioners, GPs, clinicians working in rheumatology services.
  • Presenter:
    Erica Gould, Nurse Consultant at Community Rheumatology Service Modality Partnership

Webinar – The British Society for Rheumatology’s Choosing Wisely UK Recommendations
1 November 2018 12.30 – 1.30

  • Who should join?  Everyone interested in optimising care for people with musculoskeletal problems, including patients, carers, clinicians from primary and secondary care, allied health professionals and commissioners.
  • Presenters:Charlotte Sharp, Rheumatology Specialist Trainee, HEE(NW) and Clinical Academic Fellow, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Greater ManchesterLizzie MacPhie, Consultant Rheumatologist, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, and Chair of the British Society for Rheumatology’s Standards, Audit and Guidelines Working Group.

  • Public Health England – Case study and report on lessons learnt
    A report by Public Health England has been published in the World Health Organization’s European journal, Public Health Panorama.

“Developing partnerships and a whole-system approach for the prevention of musculoskeletal conditions in England”

And much more!…

MSK services survey – Please let us know what is happening locally

As part of their Clinical Networks Project, ARMA wants to find out what is happening to improve MSK services across England in order to see how we can best target their support for improvements.

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Heard about the new MSK Hub ?

It’s a tool for sharing knowledge and collaboration, an online library of resources. If you know of reports, evidence, guidelines that should be posted, please let those authors and organisations know they can add content.


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