Living Well with Less Pain Event

9 September 2018 On 25th September, Arthritis Action in collaboration with Sussex MSK Partnership East will run a free workshop, with the aim to bring patients and clinical experts together. The event, taking place in Eastbourne, will see top healthcare experts giving advice on managing pain associated with lower back pain, hip and knee osteoarthritis.…

Musculoskeletal Core Capabilities Framework

14 August 2018 We were pleased to be involved in Health Education England and NHS England’s initiative to develop a ‘Musculoskeletal Core Capabilities Framework’, to support practitioners who are the first point of contact for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis. With the invaluable help of our Trustee Debbie Rose, we submitted expert feedback…

NHS turns 70!

04 July 2017 On 5th July, NHS England turned 70 years old! The birthday celebrations began in January, and will run through to September, in honour of the remarkable service over the years; to extend a huge thank you to all the committed and hard-working staff over the decades; and in a bid to raise…

New Rheumatoid Arthritis Guidelines

13 July 2018 NICE issues Rheumatoid Arthritis Guidelines The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued new guidelines for the management of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in adults. The new advice outlines diagnosis and referral processes for the condition, as well as approaches to management of symptoms with both medication and other therapeutic…

A warm Thank You to Deborah Breakspear

22 June 2018 Deborah Breakspear steps down after 27 years as a Trustee After 27 years on the Arthritis Action Board of Trustees, we are sad to announce that Deborah Breakspear is stepping down from her role on the Board. Debbie became a Trustee in 1991 and is our longest serving Trustee. She joined Arthritis…

Mental Health Awareness Week Campaign

14 May 2018 Arthritis Action is actively supporting a week-long campaign this May, leading with the theme of ‘Stress: are we coping?’ by the Mental Health Foundation. The campaign runs from 14 to 20th of May and seeks to highlight the impact of stress, as well as explore the connection between stress and mental ill…

Leah Boylan speaks at Home Instead

11 May 2018 Supporting Someone with Arthritis On Friday 11th of May, Our Group and Events Officer Leah Boylan gave a talk at the Home Instead care givers group meeting, entitled ‘Supporting Someone with Arthritis’. Leah’s talk touched upon the importance of staying active with arthritis, maintaining independence, considering emotional well-being, pacing of activities, and eating…

Sleeping for health

13 April 2018 Six tips on getting a better night’s sleep Poor sleep is a common problem for many people living with arthritis. Joints can feel stiffer at night, and pain can wake you up or make it difficult to get to sleep in the first place. Here we have a few helpful steps to…

New Member Referral Scheme

13 March 2018 We are delighted to launch a new Referral Scheme for all our Members! You can refer your friends and relatives to join us as Arthritis Action Members. For every new Member who signs up upon your recommendation, we will give you an entry for a raffle draw in December, to win a…

Have your say!

Do you have arthritis and want to help us with our market research? In a bid to identify how to approach younger audiences, we are putting together a Focus Group to better understand the needs of this audience. If you are aged 25-45 and can be in London for a two-hour session, register your interest by emailing info@arthritisaction.org.uk.…

New Self-Management Event in Warrington

12 February 2018 SME Warrington 9th and 10th February a success! On February 9th and 10th we held our first Self-Management Event in the area of Warrington. The event was well-attended with over 23 people with personal experience of arthritis. Held at the Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub, the event took place over two half-days and…

Raising the discussion for disability in the workspace

05 February 2018 Raising the discussion for disability in the workspace By Shantel Irwin, Arthritis Action’s CEO There are currently over 10 million people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions in the UK, and as a leading cause of pain and disability nationwide, it resulted in a staggering loss of over 30 million working days…

Professor Dame Carol Black tackles disability in the workplace

Dame Carol Black DBE, RFCP, FMedSci, Principal of Newnham College Cambridge and Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England, gave a talk on Monday 29th January at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in London, addressing musculoskeletal conditions, disability and employment. The lecture was hosted by the Arthritis…

Healthy weight for arthritis

17 January 2018 A new study published in Arthritis Care and Research Journal, has identified a clear link between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and being overweight. The research team from New York City Hospital for Special Surgery and the Weill Cornell Medical School looked at 982 RA patients exhibiting early signs of the condition. It was…

Five Resolutions For A Pain-Free Year

15 January 2018 Five Resolutions For A Pain-Free Year By Shantel Irwin, CEO Arthritis Action As another year goes by, we look at the rising statistics of the prevalence of arthritis and other long-term conditions in the UK. As an organisation dedicated to helping people with arthritis, it makes us even more adamant to help…

Arthritis Action talks at More Good Days event

12 January 2018 On 11th January we attended The Integrated Care Clinics (TICCS) event ‘More Good Days’ in Surrey Heath. The event was free for all to attend and aimed at anyone living in Surrey Heath, looking to make positive lifestyle improvements. Comprising of targeted information zones, the event covered a lot of topics relevant…

Dame Carol Black at ARMA Annual Lecture

05 January 2018 We are excited to announce Arthritis Action is sponsoring this year’s annual lecture by Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA), with a talk by Dame Carol Black, who will be reviewing the progress to date, as outlined in the recent government paper ‘Improving Lives: the future of work, health and disability, and the…

Happy New Year!

4 January 2018 This new year starts strong for Arthritis Action, as we get ready to bring you a year full of activities, Groups, Self-Management Events, dietary and exercise advice, and physical therapy to equip you with all the necessary tools to self-manage your arthritis. Starting with a fantastic free event, next week you will…

More Good Days

We are delighted to partner up with The Integrated Care Clinics (TICCS) to bring you More Good Days, a free well-being event in Surrey Heath, on 11th January 2018. The event will be useful for anyone living with a chronic condition, featuring talks and information on eating well, becoming more active, quitting smoking, and mental…

International Volunteer Day

5 December 2017 This International Volunteer Day we want to extend our warmest thank you to all our volunteers for giving your time, energy and enthusiasm to help us raise awareness of arthritis and promote a better quality of life through self-management. It is your excellent work and passion that helps us reach more and…

Survey into preferred exercise locations

30 November 2017 The Health Innovation Network promoting the adoption of the ESCAPE-pain rehabilitation programme for knee and hip osteoarthritis, was recently awarded a grant by Sport England as part of their ‘Active Ageing’ project to target inactive adults and increase access to the programme. To achieve that they are running a survey looking into…

NICE: Persistent Pain Guideline Committee

08 November 2017 The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is inviting people with a personal experience of persistent (chronic) pain, to join a voluntary committee and assist the development of new NICE Guidelines around persistent pain. The committee is looking for a ‘lay member’, referring to any person with experience of using…

Bringing Communities Together

13 October 2017 Bringing Local Communities Together To Raise Awareness Of Arthritis By Shantel Irwin, Arthritis Action’s CEO Arthritis is a condition that causes stiffness and swelling in the joints. One in six of us have arthritis and one in five will consult a GP about a musculoskeletal problem each year. It is the leading cause…

Arthritis Action’s Activity on World Arthritis Day

12 October 2017 Our Activities This World Arthritis Day, on 12th October 2017, Arthritis Action will be attending two events to mark the occasion and spread the word for self-management and what you can do for a healthier, more active you. Our Services Development Manager and Dietitian Martin Lau and our Group and Events Officer…

Celebrating World Arthritis Day 2017

12 October 2017 Bringing arthritis communities together to mark World Arthritis Day To mark the 22nd World Arthritis Day on 12th October and Bone and Joint Week from 12th-20th October, we will hold education and support group meetings in various locations across the UK for people with arthritis during the whole month of October. Attendees…

Survey on Adverse Side Effects

03 October 2017 The European Medicines Agency is running a survey into patients’ and healthcare professionals’ views on how adverse drug reactions are reported. The survey, closing on 9th October, aims to collect information to understand what patients and healthcare professionals think of the need to report adverse side effects. The European Medicines Agency will…

National Voices issue new report: Person-centred care in 2017

27 September 2017   National Voices has completed research and published a report looking at ‘patient-centred’ services in the NHS, over the last 20 years. The report explored the impact individual-focused care has made to patients over the years, in an attempt to inform future policy campaigns and greater plans to improve services. The research…

Professor Brain speaks in London Group meeting

17 August 2017   On Tuesday 8th of August, Arthritis Action held its latest London Group meeting, which saw a talk by Susan Brain, Professor of Pharmacology at King’s College London, followed by a group discussion with attending Members and Arthritis Action Dietitian Martin Lau. Professor Brain presented her recent work into arthritis and its…

New Guidelines for Hip Replacements

26 July 2017 Metal-on metal (MoM) hip replacements By Wendy Holden, Arthritis Action’s Medical Advisor The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) who licence all medicines and medical devices in the UK have in June 2017 published new guidelines for healthcare professionals caring for people who have had a commonly known as “metal-on metal”…

NICE Research Call

24 July 2017 NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence are looking for volunteers who have had a type of wrist surgery called “total distal radioulnar joint replacement for managing symptomatic instability and arthritis of the joint” to complete a questionnaire about their experience of the surgery and their satisfaction with the results.…

New Group launch in Warrington

10 July 2017 Arthritis Action will launch a new education and support group in Warrington for people with arthritis on 22nd July to commemorate Disability Awareness Day on 16th July. The meeting will bring together people living with all forms of arthritis who will hear from Arthritis Action member and GB Paralympian archer Leigh Walmsley,…

The Able Label’s ‘Debbie skirt’ named after Arthritis Action Trustee!

6 June 2017 The Able Label is a womenswear retailer which designs adaptive clothing for a variety of physical and cognitive needs, aiming to encourage dressing independence whilst maintaining style. The Able Label teamed up with volunteer models from various charities to promote its latest line of clothing. Arthritis Action’s Trustee and Member Debbie Breakspear…

Looking after your Bones

30 June 2017 Self-Management Is Vital For Bone Health By Wendy Holden, Arthritis Action’s Medical Advisor As with all parts of the human body, looking after your bone health is vital. Not only do bones provide support and structure, but they also protect our organs, anchor our muscles and help regulate our calcium levels. Bones…

Meet Leigh Walmsley

Meet Leigh Walmsley from Warrington, Cheshire. Leigh represented Paralympics GB in archery, at the London 2012 Paralympics and has experienced the pain of arthritis since her 20s. I developed osteoarthritis after a serious cycling accident aged 11, but noticed the first signs of inflammatory arthritis in my 20s. Initially, I thought it might be due…

Use it or lose it!

5 May 2017 Inactivity can cause disability for people with rheumatoid arthritis, but innovative solutions can help. By Wendy Holden, Arthritis Action’s Medical Advisor Most of us know that being physically active is important for our overall health and wellbeing. Not only does exercise help to control weight, but it also boosts energy and can…

ESCAPE-Pain Pilot Study

Health Innovation Network (South London) publishes Arthritis Action’s case study on the pilot implementing ESCAPE-Pain in the charity sector. You can read the report here (click on ‘Download Resource’ for the pdf).

Letter to the Prime Minister ahead of the Spring Budget 2017

15 February 2017 Arthritis Action has joined 68 other charities in signing a joint letter to the Prime Minister ahead of the Spring Budget 2017. The Letter calls for a new settlement for funding health and care, describing the current pressure on health as “not acceptable or tenable”. The signatories also call on the Government to…

Mediterranean diet can reduce symptoms of arthritis

A Mediterranean diet can reduce markers of inflammation and improve knee flexion and hip rotation in people with osteoarthritis, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Kent and published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging this week. The study, commissioned by UK charity Arthritis Action, examined the effects of…

Annual General Meeting – 2015

The 2015 AGM and Conference was held on Thursday 18 June at the Kings Fund in London. It was a significant day for Arthritis Action as it was used to unveil our new logo and share our plans for the future. Highlights of the event also included a keynote speech by Liam O’Toole, the Chief Executive of…

Annual General Meeting – 2016

This year, our annual AGM and Conference was held on Thursday 23 June, at the King’s Fund in London. We provided a subsidised buffet lunch which costs £10 for members and £15 for non-members.

Annual General Meeting – 2017

This year, our annual AGM and Conference will be held on Thursday 15 June, more details of venue TBA in 2017.

Swindon Self-Management Event

Better Pain Management

Many people who have arthritis take prescription painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). According to the NHS, there were 17 million prescriptions for NSAIDs during 2010 in England alone. However, researchers at the University of Oxford’s Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit claim some types of NSAIDs may increase your risk of dying…

Halve RA risk by eating oily fish

Twenty-eight per cent of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cases could be prevented if everyone ate one or more servings of oily fish a week, claim scientists from Sweden. The experts, from the Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, suggest eating more than 0.21g of omega-3 fatty acids a day – which is approximately the…

Traditional or Western Acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system which was developed nearly 2000 years ago focusing on pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. By inserting fine needles into specific acupuncture points the traditional acupuncturist’s aim is to restore the body’s equilibrium, focusing on the individual and the circulation of “qi”. When…

2-day Self-Management Events

 Course dates in 2015  London:                                 2nd & 9th April Eastbourne:                          11th & 18th July Basingstoke:                         7th…

Positive thinking

 Counselling, positive thinking and meditation techniques may be more effective than painkillers in helping people with arthritis to cope with pain, say experts from the University of Manchester. Their study, published in the European Journal of Neuroscience, suggests the mind could hold the key to relieving the chronic aches and pains suffered by millions of…

Women, milk and knee arthritis

 If you’re a woman, drinking fat-free or low-fat milk on a regular basis may help to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, say American researchers. The experts, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, suggest drinking milk may have a protective effect on the knee joint. However other dairy products failed…

Lifestyle management, look no further

 Recommendations by the government health watchdog that people who are overweight or obese should be referred to a lifestyle weight management programme made the headlines recently. The report from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggests raising awareness of lifestyle weight management services among both healthcare professionals and the general public. It…

Losing weight may relieve knee pain

  The higher your body mass index (BMI), the more likely you may be to suffer from a greater amount of pain if you have osteoarthritis (OA) in your knee, compared with people who have lower BMIs. That’s the conclusion of a study recently published in Rheumatology, the journal of the British Society for Rheumatology. As…

Results from the pilot study diet and osteoarthritis.

 The University of Kent have published preliminary results from their pilot study into the efficacy of a Mediterranean type diet on symptoms of osteoarthritis. They showcased an informational poster and delivered a short lecture at the Nutrition Society’s annual conference held in Glasgow in July 2014. The poster is published in Proceedings of the Nutrition…

Arthritis Action

 We now have a new name – “Arthritis Action”. Members voted for this name at the AGM in June this year and it’s now been approved by Companies House and the Charity Commission. Our trustees recommended the change to members because they wanted a name that conveyed that we offer an active programme of help…

Arthritis Action hold successful Self-management event in Exeter

 A third self-management event was held over two days, in Exeter, at the end of August. Twenty people attended, mainly members of Arthritis Action, but also some non-members from the local charity, Age UK Exeter, who had helped promote the event to the wider audience. The purpose of the event was to introduce self-management techniques…

Gout survey paints picture of daily struggle

 A new report entitled Gout Nation 2014 suggests more and more people in the UK are being diagnosed with gout, many of whom are struggling with this painful condition. Gout is the third most common type of arthritis after osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The survey, published just a few days ahead of this year’s World…

Exercises improve rheumatoid hand function

According to health experts, almost 80 per cent of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have problems with hand function. And now, researchers from the University of Oxford believe they have found a way to improve hand dysfunction both effectively and affordably. A tailored programme of hand exercises, they claim, is a valuable addition to the…

Arthritis Action supports obesity awareness

 If you gained a few pounds or more over the festive season, National Obesity Awareness Week (January 12-18) is a timely reminder of why weight management is so important for your health. Launched in 2014 and organised by the National Obesity Forum,National Obesity Awareness Week features a programme of events, activities and promotions aimed at…

Drug driving law could affect people with arthritis

  If you have arthritis and you take prescription medicines for pain, anxiety or sleep problems, you may be affected by new drug driving rules. The law, which came into force in England and Wales on March 2nd, 2015, is designed to make it easier for the police to prosecute people who drive after taking illegal…

Taking painkillers for treating back pain and osteoarthritis

 In response to the report published today in the BMJ, which suggests that taking paracetamol for treating lower back pain and osteoarthritis of the hip or knee is ineffective and may affect the liver, Shantel Irwin, Chief Executive of Arthritis Action, comments: “We know that when arthritis pain is bad, people with the condition want and…

Taking painkillers for treating back pain and osteoarthritis

 In response to the report published today in the BMJ, which suggests that taking paracetamol for treating lower back pain and osteoarthritis of the hip or knee is ineffective and may affect the liver, Shantel Irwin, Chief Executive of Arthritis Action, comments: “We know that when arthritis pain is bad, people with the condition want and…

Arthritis Action Launch June 18th

 Arthritis Action members will join the staff, trustees and guests from a whole host of organisations to witness the revealing of our new direction, name and look. Arthritis Action’s CEO, Shantel Irwin, will be joined on stage by Chair, Robin Nye and Arthritis Action’s medical advisor, Wendy Holden. Members will also be able to attend…

People with arthritis feel isolated, misunderstood and unable to ask for help

 People with arthritis feel isolated, scared about the future and don’t want to ask family, friends or doctors for help, according to new research commissioned by UK charity, Arthritis Action. Arthritis – Overcoming the Challenges by Spotlight Market Research, surveyed more than 770 people with arthritis. Over half of those interviewed feel they need to…

Arthritis Action’s first Local Support Group

 We hope that you will have already read about Arthritis Action’s vision to set up support groups across the UK in the current newsletter.  We are delighted to let you know that the first local support group will take place in North London at Primrose Hill Community Library, Sharpleshall Street, London, NW1 8YN on July…

Be the first ever Arthritis Action Virgin London Marathon runner

 We are very excited to announce that we have secured a charity place in the Virgin London Marathon 2016.  This iconic road race will take place on 24th April 2016 and we are looking to recruit a runner to take-up our guaranteed place. If you would like to be that runner, you can apply for…

Basingstoke Self Management Event – September 7th and 14th

  We are pleased to announce our next self-management event is to be held in Basingstoke on the 7th & 14th September. Self-management techniques have proved to be an effective way of helping people with arthritis to take a more active role in managing their condition and be in control of their lives. The events offer…

North London Support Group’s 2nd Meeting

 We are delighted to let you know that the first local support group took place in North London on the 20th July and was a great success. As such, we have booked the next meeting to be taking place on 1st September 6-8pm at Primrose Hill Community Association, 29 Hopkinsons Place, Fitzroy Road, London, NW1 8TN.…

Eastbourne’s first Local Support Group Meeting

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Arthritis Action Local Support Group in Eastbourne. This comes after the continued success of the Local Support Group based in Primrose Hill, North London. This first meeting will take place at Royal Voluntary Service, 24 Hyde Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4SX on Thursday October 1st, 2-4pm.…

Arthritis Action holds successful self-management event in Basingstoke

 Arthritis Action held its fifth self-management event in Basingstoke on the 7th and 14th of September. Sixteen people attended, representing members of Arthritis Action and also a few non-members living with arthritis. The purpose of the event was to introduce self-management techniques to those with arthritis to enable them to take control of their arthritis…

Arthritis Action calls on policymakers to prioritise arthritis

 Around one in seven people in the UK live with arthritis – a condition that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. This figure is expected to rise to one in four by 2030[i]. It is the leading cause of pain and disability, costing the NHS £5 billion a year[ii]. One in five…

Arthur’s Place feature Arthritis Action’s dietitian

Arthritis Action’s dietitian, Martin Lau, made a guest appearance on the website of the charity Arthur’s Place. Arthur’s Place is an online magazine and social network specifically aimed at young people with arthritis. Martin answered questions on many topics including healthy eating/nutrition, foods to be avoided and supplements. When confronted with the question, “Is there…

Tai Chi is as effective as physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis

 Tai Chi can help with the symptoms of osteoarthritis – at least as much as standard physical therapy and sometimes more – according to healthcare professionals who presented their research at the Annual American College of Rheumatology Meeting (2015) in San Francisco last month. Osteoarthritis, sometimes known as “wear and tear” arthritis is a condition…

Hand exercises can improve grip strength, function, pain and fatigue in women with hand osteoarthritis

New research led by Ingvild Kjeken, Professor in Occupational Therapy at the University of Oslo, Norway, has shown that hand exercises can significantly help women with the pain of hand osteoarthritis, improve grip strength, hand function and also fatigue. Osteoarthritis is commonly called “wear and tear” of the joints and happens when the cartilage that…

Mindfulness can help ease the pain and distress of arthritis

 Arthritis affects around 10 million people in the UK and as well as causing pain, stiffness and loss of function, can also lead to feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression can significantly affect how well people with arthritis function and what will happen to them in the future. People with osteoarthritis of…

Norwich Self-Management Event

 We are pleased to announce our next self-management event is to be held in Norwich over two days, on the 24th May 2:00pm – 4:30pm and 25th May 10:30am – 1:00pm at Rouen House, Norwich. Self-management techniques have proved to be an effective way of helping people with arthritis to take a more active role in managing their condition and…

Arthritis Action Member Raises £2,934 at London Virgin Money Marathon

 Our warmest congratulations to Arthritis Action Member and our first-ever Marathon runner Tom Jones for competing at the Virgin Money London Marathon on 24th April 2016! Tom completed the race in record time, raising £2,934 in aid of Arthritis Action. This including gift aid, raised the final total to a very impressive £3,549. Tom was…

Bristol Self-Management Event

 We are pleased to announce our next self-management event is to be held in Bristol over two days, on the 27th June 2:00pm – 4:30pm and 28th June 10:30am – 1:00pm at Armada House, Bristol. Self-management techniques have proved to be an effective way of helping people with arthritis to take a more active role in managing their condition and be…

Ferndown Self-Management

 We are pleased to announce our next self-management event is to be held in Ferndown over two days, on the 6th July 2:00pm – 4:30pm and 7th July 10:30am – 1:00pm at Barrington Centre, Ferndown. Self-management techniques have proved to be an effective way of helping people with arthritis to take a more active role in managing their condition and…

London Self-Management

We are pleased to announce our next self-management event is to be held in London over two days, on the 10th October 2:00pm – 4:30pm and17th October 2:30pm – 4:30pm at Rescource for London. Self-management techniques have proved to be an effective way of helping people with arthritis to take a more active role in managing their condition and…