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  1. Event
    Social prescribing services and link workers have the potential to make a big difference to the lives of people with musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis or back pain. This webinar hosted by the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) aims to help you understand musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, their prevention, their impact, and how to consider this when you meet clients. Healthy bones, joints and muscles are fundamental to our ability to move, be active, work and engage in activities we enjoy. MSK health underpins our ability to live healthy and independent lives. MSK conditions are the single biggest cause of years lived with disability in the UK and the resulting pain and lack of mobility can have a huge impact on a person’s life. This webinar is aimed at people without a detailed knowledge of MSK conditions and will help you know how best to support people living with such conditions. It will cover: Common MSK conditions and their impact on daily life Self-management – what helps including physical activity, diet, weight and daily activities Mental health Work and education What patient organisations can offer A social prescribing perspective The webinar is designed to complement ARMA's guide for link workers and social prescribing services. Speakers: Wendy Holden, Arthritis Action Medical Advisor & Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist Sarah Holden, Head of Public Health Services, City Health Care Partnership CIC Shantel Irwin, Chief Executive, Arthritis Action ARMA would like to thank Arthritis Action for their support of this webinar. Register for this webinar
  2. Content Article
    In this paper, ARMA makes the following recommendations: Develop multidisciplinary, networked, personalised approaches to pain as standard. Develop more community-based approaches to pain. Everyone with chronic pain should be offered a holistic assessment of their symptoms in primary care reviewing the impact on their physical and mental health, their activities of daily living and their wellbeing, including the ability to work/study, and explore any underlying causes of or contributors to their pain. A public health approach is needed based on community need to design and target effective public health interventions to support those who have chronic pain to improve their health and their quality of life. Take a strategic, integrated population health approach to commissioning pain services ensuring money transcends organisational boundaries, focussed on the provision of a range of chronic pain support options and intervention allowing for personalisation. There should be early access to treatment for painful conditions to minimise pain becoming chronic, including rapid diagnosis, which is important to people. Integrated physical and mental health support for people with MSK pain conditions should be available and every CCG should include MSK chronic pain in IAPT for Long Term Conditions with staff who have joint expertise in both physical and mental health and understanding of chronic pain. Understand health inequalities, discuss and implement levers for change. Systems and services should allow equity in access, experience of using NHS services and equity of outcomes for all groups. Systems and services should be inclusive and culturally sensitivity. Social prescribing to provide supported self-management at scale. Every person with chronic pain should have access to peer support and be signposted to the patient organisations relevant to them. Healthcare professionals education and training to include understanding and management of pain and emphasise the personalised biopsychosocial approach and communications skills training to support them to have good conversations. Public education – including employers, public attitudes to increase health literacy and understanding of pain.
  3. Event
    Join the #SolvingTogether Connect Sessions, virtual sessions that anyone can attend where people share their ideas for addressing the challenges.  They are informal opportunities to put forward ideas, and have discussion. Patients and health and care staff are all invited to attend. The MSTeams link to the session will be added to the event page at 9am on Thursday 2nd February.
  4. Content Article
    Current modules available: Foundation Newly diagnosed Meet the team Managing pain and flares A module on Medicines and Treatment (to be launched)
  5. News Article
    People with arthritis are being urged to lose weight and exercise more rather than rely on painkillers as the main therapies for their condition. NHS guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says people who are overweight should be told their pain can be reduced if they shed the pounds. Aerobic exercise such as walking, as well as strength training, can ease symptoms and improve quality of life. Exercise programmes may initially make the pain worse, but this should settle down, the guidance suggests. The guidelines also give recommendations on the use of medicines, such as offering non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) but not offering paracetamol, glucosamine or strong opioids. NICE said there was a risk of addiction with strong opioids, while evidence suggests little or no benefit for some medicines when it comes to quality of life and pain levels. The draft guidelines say people can be offered tailored exercise programmes, with the explanation “doing regular and consistent exercise, even though this may initially cause discomfort, will be beneficial for their joints”. Tracey Loftis, head of policy and public affairs at the charity Versus Arthritis, said: “We’ve seen first-hand the benefits that people with osteoarthritis can get in being able to access appropriate physical activity, especially when in a group setting. Something like exercise can improve a person’s mobility, help manage their pain and reduce feelings of isolation. “But our own research into the support given to people with osteoarthritis showed that far too many do not have their conditions regularly reviewed by healthcare professionals, and even fewer had the opportunity to access physical activity support. “The lack of alternatives means that, in many cases, many people are stuck on painkillers that are not helping them to live a life free from pain. “While we welcome the draft Nice guidelines, healthcare professionals need further resources and support to better understand their role in promoting treatment like physical activity for people with osteoarthritis. “There is clearly a need for people with arthritis to be given a bigger voice so that their health needs are not ignored.” Read full story Source: The Guardian, 29 April 2022
  6. Content Article
    Key findings of the report include: 47% of Black, Asian and ethnic minority patients and 43% of white patients were referred to rheumatology services within three working days of presenting (Quality statement 1) 43% of Black, Asian and ethnic minority patients and 42% of white patients were assessed within three weeks of referral 2013 version of QS33 (Quality statement 2) A higher proportion of Black, Asian and ethnic minority patients (60%) received timely treatment compared to white patients (57%) (Quality statement 2) A high proportion of both groups of patients were provided with disease-related education (93% of Black, Asian and ethnic minority patients and 94% of white patients) (Quality statement 3) A high proportion of both groups of patients were able to access care in case of emergencies (91% of Black, Asian and ethnic minority patients and 93% of white patients) (Quality statement 4) 34% of Black, Asian and ethnic minority patients and 46% of white patients received a formal annual review (Quality statement 5).
  7. Content Article
    The report addresses MSK inequalities in the following categories: Digital access and health literacy Communities Prevention Children and young people Data Waiting lists Care gap Status of MSK
  8. Content Article
    This guide from Versus Arthritis was written in consultation with people with musculoskeletal conditions waiting for joint replacement surgery. It makes the case Integrated Care Systems, Primary Care Networks, secondary care providers, public health bodies and social care providers should all work together with local communities and the voluntary sector to deliver a support package to help to meet the needs of people with arthritis who are on surgery waiting lists. The six key elements of this are as follows: Clear communication must be provided to people with arthritis about when they can expect to have their surgery and receive the care and services they need in the meantime. Personalised self-management support must be provided to help people with arthritis manage their pain while they wait for surgery. Physical activity programmes designed to help people with arthritis stay active and prepare for surgery should be actively promoted by Primary Care Networks. Mental health support should be offered to help every person with arthritis to manage their pain and any associated depression and anxiety. Signposting to financial support and advice should be provided for people with arthritis in work or seeking work. Covid-19 recovery plans should include the specific needs of people with arthritis.
  9. News Article
    A drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis could cut the number of Covid deaths and speed up recovery, a new scientific trial has found. The drug, tocilizumab, could save the lives of one in 25 coronavirus patients in hospital and reduce the need for ventilators in intensive care. Researchers say around half of the people admitted to hospital with coronavirus could benefit from the treatment. Scientists from the nationwide Recovery trial said when tocilizumab was given alongside the steroid dexamethasone, it reduced the absolute risk of mortality by four percentage points. The medicine was already being used by the NHS to treat some coronavirus patients after early results last month showed it reduced the risk of death as well as time spent in hospital by up to 10 days. As a result of the latest findings, the health secretary said the drug would be made more widely available on the NHS to help treat Covid patients. Read full story Source: The Independent, 11 February 2021
  10. News Article
    Delays diagnosing and treating children with arthritis are leaving them in pain and at a higher risk of lifelong damage, a national charity has warned. Arthritis is commonly thought to affect only older people, but 15,000 children have the condition in the UK. Versus Arthritis says many children are not getting help soon enough. The NHS said: "Arthritis in young people is rare and diagnosing it can be difficult because symptoms are often vague and no specific test exists." Zoe Chivers, Head of Services at Versus Arthritis, said: "We know that young people often face significant delays getting to diagnosis simply because even their GPs don't recognise that it's a condition that can affect people as young as two. It's often considered that they're just going through growing pains or they've just got a bit of a viral infection and that's not the case." Read full story Source: BBC News, 12 February 2020