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About NASS

NASS is the only charity in the UK dedicated to transforming axial SpA (AS) care in the UK.

For over 40 years we’ve been providing specialist support, advice and the most up-to-date information. We aim to empower everyone with axial spondyloarthritis (axial SpA) including ankylosing spondylitis (AS) to manage their treatment and to stay in control of their lives. We are driven to ensure that health professionals around the country deliver tailored and timely care to every patient, every time.

Once you get to know NASS, you realise that while axial SpA (AS) exists, our work will never be done. We simply will not rest until we reduce the current 8.5-year delay to diagnosis, and we will continue to fund research in seeking every possible way to help beat axial SpA (AS).

Click here to take a look at some of the impact we made in 2021.

You can also read all of our previous annual reviews along and accounts plus key policies.

Who are we?

The team at NASS consists of head office, our Trustees, our Medical Advisors and our Branches. Click on each to view the relevant ‘who’s who’ along with a brief description of what each group brings to the team.

Together we’re stronger

More than 200,000 people in the UK have axial SpA (AS) – that’s 1 in 200! So our members and supporters sit right at the very heart of NASS. Not only do our members financially support our work as well as the services and information we provide to everyone affected by axial SpA (AS), but this vast community also adds such passion and focus to what we do. We always turn to them first when we ask ourselves ‘where shall we go next’? Our members are also Trustees, driving our strategy and ensuring that we are always focused on the things that matter most.

We are working hard to dramatically increase public awareness of axial SpA (AS) going forward. Therefore, the voices of this community are going to be more essential than ever. We are so much louder and stronger together. Will you join us on that journey?

Click here to become a member – an essential part of transforming the future for people living with axial SpA (AS). We’d love to welcome you to the community!

Our Vision

We want to ensure that every person with axial SpA (AS) receives timely diagnosis and effective treatment and care, is empowered to take decisions about their health, and feels part of a supportive axial SpA (AS) community.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

NASS is committed to ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the organisation are a fair reflection of society. We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.

We believe that discrimination or exclusion based on individual characteristics and circumstances, such as age; disability; gender or gender identity; marriage and civil partnership status; pregnancy and maternity; race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation; socio-economic background; trade union membership status or other distinctions, represents a waste of opportunity to develop our organisation and community to its fullest. NASS will not tolerate discrimination or harassment and is fully committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment. NASS’ staff, trustees, NASS branch attendees, NASS members, volunteers and anyone applying for a job with NASS will receive fair and equal treatment.

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Click here to view all our current vacancies.

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