Health Professionals

Check out all the resources NASS has available for health professionals working in axial SpA (AS)

Invitation to tender for emotional wellbeing research

Tenders are invited to undertake qualitative research with people who have axial spondyloarthritis. The research findings will be used for two principal purposes:

  • To inform our campaign Every Patient, Every Time which aims to improve the quality of NHS care for people with AS
  • To inform the development of NASS’s support to people with AS who have poor emotional well-being.

We intend to publish materials based on the research (including the full report).

If you may be interested in tendering for this research please download the full information document below and email your proposal and tender to Sally Dickinson ( by Friday 14 June 2019.

Invitation to tender Emotional Wellbeing

Our Aspiring to Excellence programme is officially open for applications

Applications close 31 July 2019.

Aspiring to Excellence is an award programme designed to encourage and recognise service improvement in axial SpA (AS) care. It will provide a focal point from which professionals can explore and test approaches to reduce the delay to diagnosis and improve axial SpA (AS) care and patient experience. Find out more and apply.

Resources for Health Professionals

London Spondyloarthritis Academy

The first meeting of the London Spondyloarthritis Academy was held on Wednesday 9 January 2019. Over the course of 2019, there will be four all-day events; January, March, July and October. All meetings will be held at the Royal Society of Medicine. The hope is that the SpA Academy will serve as a platform for multi-disciplinary team networking.
Find out more by email.


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.

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.

Any 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 axial SpA (AS) and, over time, reduce the long delay to diagnosis.

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

Patient Information Resources

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