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ARMA virtual multidisciplinary conference

Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) will be holding a one day conference online on 30 November 2020. This is mainly aimed at health care professionals and has practical examples, and the latest thinking in the ‘new normal’ for musculoskeletal (MSK) services, on multidisciplinary and cross system working. The conference – Working together to change the face of MSK – will help to support delivery of high quality MSK services. It will focus on prevention at a population level to excellent specialist services in orthopaedics, rheumatology and pain.

Why attend?

  • Hear from speakers showcasing local examples of innovative MSK services.
  • Understand how MSK services relate to current trends in the NHS towards integration, development of primary care networks and personalisation.
  • Peer learning and share best practice.
  • A unique opportunity for networking with a wide range of different MSK professions and patients.
  • Be challenged and inspired to put learning into practice.
  • Be part of the future direction of MSK services.

Can people with axial SpA (AS) attend?

Yes people with axial SpA (AS) can attend but you will need to pay for your ticket. Please see the link at the bottom of the page and select ‘Volunteer sector’ as ticket type. Note that this is not a patient information conference and is instead talking about the future of services so you will need to come ready to contribute rather than listen and learn. NASS does have some free tickets available so email if you would like to attend but cannot afford to pay for your ticket.

Early bird rate

Tickets are available at the early bird rate until September from £53.59.

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Topics include

  • The future direction of MSK health from the National Clinical Director for MSK
  • Patient involvement and co-production
  • Locking in beneficial changes in MSK services developed in response to Covid-19
  • MSK services building relationships with rheumatology
  • System wide transformation of MSK services
  • Pain services, including an international example of MDT support
  • Workforce needs of an ageing population with multiple conditions

Speakers so far

  • Dr Andrea Furlan, Project ECHO Chronic Pain/Opioid Stewardship, Ontario, Canada
  • Andrew Bennett, National Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal, NHSE/I
  • Cristina Serrao, ex-Camden MSK Patient Director and NHSE Lived Experience Ambassador
  • Natalie Beswetherick, Director of Practice & Development, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
  • Lynsey Hetherington, ESP Podiatrist and MSK Service Lead North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • Carl Davies, Director of MSK, Berkshire West ICP, Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust and Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Alex Trompeter, Orthopaedic Trauma / Limb Reconstruction Surgeon, St George’s University Hospital, London.
  • Plus more speakers to follow