What's new in AS

Golimumab (Simponi) has received European Commission approval for the treatment of non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis.  Non radiographic axial spondyloarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) come under the umbrella term of axial spondyloarthritis.  Dr Raj Sengupta, Consultant Rheumatologist at The Royal National...


New scheme supports people to return to work

A new government-backed initiative called Fit for Work rolled out across the UK this week, aimed at supporting people on sick leave return to work. Fit for Work is free service providing occupational health assessment and general health and...


Have your say on NHS England

NHS Citizen Gather is now open for you to join. This will start the journey to the next NHS Citizen Assembly in November, where five issues from Gather will be discussed by citizens and the NHS England Board.   Visit...


Share your experiences and you could win 1,000 euros

Every year the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) offer the Edgar Stene Prize for the best essay. This year the essay topic is: "Living with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMD): How I take action to enjoy life to...


Events coming up for Cardiff, Leeds & Plymouth

We're 5 events into our AS & You schedule! So far they have been excellent events - everyone has learned so much about their condition or their partner's condition.  Our next 3 events are scheduled for: * Cardiff - 28...


Northern Ireland - the wait is over

NASS is delighted to announce that we will be coming to Northern Ireland this October.  Patient Conference - 17 October We will be holding our first Northern Ireland Patient Conference on Saturday 17 October. The event takes place at...


Fantastic turn out in Lancaster

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us in Lancaster on Thursday 23 July for an AS Awareness Evening with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust. We were delighted to see over 40 people taking up the...


Spotlight on NASS Yeovil

Nordic walking with NASS Yeovil (and a few sheep) NASS Yeovil was joined by our branch development officer, Laura Richards, on their first nordic walking session of the year in July.  The branch access weekly hydrotherapy at a nearby school...


Summer Budget blow for disabled jobseekers

On 8 July, the Chancellor George Osborne announced his summer budget. Here are a few of the ways that people with AS will be affected.  Benefits - Employment and Support Allowance From April 2017, new ESA claimants who are...


Spotlight on NASS Perth

The sun came out for NASS Perth visit Our Branch Development Officer visited NASS Perth on Monday 13 July. The branch meets weekly on Monday evenings at the Perth Royal Infirmary for regularly physiotherapy. The branch is supported by three...