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Success at BMA Patient Information Awards

The British Medical Association (BMA) are highly sought after and very prestigious so we were delighted when both of our entries were commended.

We’re thrilled to announce that NASS received 2 commendations at the BMA Patient Information awards

The British Medical Association (BMA) patient information awards were established in 1997 to encourage excellence in the production and dissemination of accessible, well-designed and clinically balanced patient information. The awards are highly sought after and very prestigious so we were delighted when both of our entries were recognised.

ASone – highly commended

ASone, our portal for younger people living with axial SpA (AS) was highly commended and shortlisted for the overall award. ASone received praise from the judging panel:

‘ASone is a portal dedicated to raising awareness, informing and supporting young people (18-35 years old) living with axial spondyloarthritis, including AS (ankylosing spondylitis). ASone addresses the needs and issues encountered by this group of young and often newly-diagnosed people, providing them with vital information about the condition and how to manage it.

A key aspect of ASone is that it works towards creating a supportive community through social media and ‘guest blogging’ opportunities. This social media community also supports the mental health of young people with AS by providing opportunities to remain socially connected when they are physically unable to get out and about due to pain . The knowledge that other young people share similar experiences is helpful to motivate and reassure members of the ASone community, and as such can positively contribute to self-care.

If one was a patient this is what one need. It is excellent because it is very realistic and practicable. It offers a very good range of practical sessions for helping patients cope with daily living problems linked to more theoretical discussions on progress in understanding the nature of AS and the potential role of novel medications.’

Your AS Journey – commended

Our interactive tool Your AS Journey was also commended at the awards.

When the NICE  Spondyloarthritis Guideline was launched in 2017 we wanted to ensure that people living with axial SpA (AS) understood what care they should expect from health professionals. We developed Your AS Journey to helps you to understand how you should be diagnosed and what you should expect your management to look like. It includes videos of both healthcare professionals and people living with axial SpA (AS).

Thank you to all our ASone contributors, supporters and members of NASS, and our funding partners for helping us achieve these awards.

You can read more about the awards and see the other winners here.