Health Professionals

Check out NASS resources for health professionals working in axial SpA (AS)

Resources for Health Professionals


AStretch is a group of physiotherapists from around the UK who meet to improve the understanding of axial SpA (AS). They run regular physiotherapy assessment and management workshops and have an informative website.


The British Society for SpondyloArthritis (BRITSpA) is a group of professionals working in the UK with a commitment to advancing knowledge and treatment of spondyloarthritis. It has a multi-disciplinary membership including physiotherapists, ocupational therapists, rheumatologists, nurse specialists, scientists and researchers. It has a website and runs an annual scientific meeting.

Referral template and seminars for chiropractors and osteopaths

NASS has been working with the Institute of Osteopathy and Royal College of Chiropractors on a range of materials and events. You can find out more and book a place at a seminar on our NASS Allies page.

RCGP eLearning module

NASS worked in partnership with the British Society for SpondyloArthritis (BRITSpA) to sponsor an eLearning module on axial spondyloarthritis on the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) website. The module covers diagnosis and management.

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

We really hope this course will help GPs understand more about axial SpA (AS) and, over time, reduce the long delay to diagnosis. These modules are currently available to members of the Royal College of GPs.

Physiotherapist guides to axial spondyloarthritis

Physiotherapy module 1 – Differentiating inflammatory and mechanical back pain

Physiotherapy module 2 – What is axial spondyloarthritis?

Physiotherapy module 3 – Assessing the signs, symptoms and clinical manifestations of axial spondyloarthritis

Physiotherapy module 4 – The treatment of axial spondylorthritis

Physio Matters Podcast

The Physio Matters Podcast session 26 on axial SpA (AS) was sponsored by NASS and features physiotherapist Jack March interviewing Professor Karl Gaffney (Consultant Rheumatologist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital).

Bath Indices

Download your copy of the Bath Indices

You can also watch this video produced by Liz Van Rossen MCSP, Extended Scope Practitioner in Rheumatology Physiotherapy

Aspiring to Excellence

Our Aspiring to Excellence programme is now closed for applications in 2019. We will be inviting applications again in early 2020 for our second cohort so please do keep an eye out on our Aspiring to Excellence page for further details. For any questions please contact Anna McGilvray, Programme ManagerYou can also sign up to our  Health Professionals E-News to stay updated on the latest information about NASS and axial SpA (AS).

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