Last updated:17th November 2017

Health Professional Resources

Health Professional Resources

Upcoming events

The East of The East of England Spondyloarthritis Academy is holding its second meeting,  Clinical Assessment of Spondyloarthritis, on Thursday 7 December 2017 at 9.30am. The meeting is being held at the British Racing School, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7NU.
Please register for this free event by email Tracey Jarvis
The Royal College of Nursing is running a workshop for Rheumatology Nurses on Friday 12 January. 

The workshop is called 'Rheum with a view' and will be held at the RCN headquarters in London.
Professor Peter Taylor will give an update on biosimilars, Sarah Hewlett will talk about fatigue and Dr Sarah Ryan will cover managing chronic pain. There will also be talks on leadership skills, resilience training, clinical competency frameworks and the advanced practice role.

RCGP eLearning module on AS

NASS have worked in partnership with the British Society for SpondyloArthritis (BRITSpA) to sponsor an eLearning course on ankylosing spondyloarthritis (axial spondyloarthritis) (AS) on the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) website. The course aims to educate primary care practitioners about AS.

It was authored by Dr Karl Gafffney, consultant rheumatologist at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and NASS trustee and Dr Daniel Murphy, who works both as a rheumatologist at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, and a GP in Honiton. 

There are two parts to the course, the first part covers diagnosing AS and the second covers how AS should be managed.

GPs and any other health professional can access the course free of charge by signing up on the RCGP website. We really hope this course will help health professionals understand more about AS and, over time, reduce the long delay to diagnosis.


We recommend physiotherapists with an interest in ankylosing spondylitis contact AStretch. This is a group of physiotherapists from around the UK who meet to improve the understanding of AS.

If you are a nurse, physiotherapist or occupational therapist working in AS you may be interested in the UK Rheumatology Nurses and Practitioners Society.

Physiotherapist guides to axial spondyloarthritis

A series of guides aimed at physiotherapists working with axial spondyloarthritis.

You can download all 4 guides. 

  1. Differentiating inflammatory and mechanical back pain
  2. What is axial spondyloarthritis? How does it apply to physiotherapists?
  3. Assessing the signs, symptoms and clinical manifestations of axial SpA 
  4. The treatment of axial spondylorthritis

Physio Matters Podcast

The Physio Matters Podcast session 26 was sponsored by NASS and features physiotherapist Jack March interviewing Dr Karl Gaffney (Consultant Rheumatologist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and NASS Trustee) talking ankylosing spondylitis (axial spondyloarthritis) (AS).

Bath Indices

Freshly updated for 2016 by AStretch, you can download your copy of the Bath Indices. Alternatively email Laura Garbari with your order request (UK only) including your address and the number of copies you require.

You can also watch Standardising the Bath AS Metrology Index (BASMI): a DVD guide to carrying out these measurements accurately.  

Produced by Liz van Rossen MCSP, Extended Scope Practitioner in Rheumatology Physiotherapy, East Kent Hospital University Trust.