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Parliamentary resources

Arthritis Research UK at the 2013 party conference season

Understanding Arthritis: A Parliamentary guide to musculoskeletal health July 2013 – Arthritis Research UK (PDF 440KB)

Arthritis Research UK is attending the three political party conferences to speak to politicians about the health and wellbeing of people with musculoskeletal conditions. This year the Liberal Democrats’ conference is in Glasgow; Labour’s is in Brighton and the Conservatives’ conference is in Manchester.

We are part of the Health Hotel, which is a group of health and social care organisations, who all work together to host events and activities during the conferences. We will be taking part in a number of roundtable discussions, including those hosted by the AMRC.

Arthritis Research UK will be talking about the key recommendations in our parliamentary guide (please click on picture above for more information) to improve the health and wellbeing of people with musculoskeletal conditions, namely:

1. NHS England should ensure they fulfill the NHS Mandate objective to offer everyone with a long term condition a personalised care plan.
2. Musculoskeletal conditions should be included in Public Health England’s three year set of priorities from 2014-16.
3. Clinical Commissioning Groups should ensure a Fracture Liaison Service is linked to every hospital involved in the care of people with fragility fractures.
4. NHS England working with the Health and Social Care Information Centre should prioritise the systematic collection of data about patients’ conditions and treatments in data-poor areas such as Rheumatology and Orthopaedic outpatient appointments and community care settings.
5. GPs should routinely ask people with musculoskeletal conditions if they experience depression and anxiety.

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Download our parliamentary briefings and other information about our work.

Osteoarthritis Tool kit for MPs July 2013 – Arthritis Research UK (PDF 53 KB)

Understanding Arthritis: A Parliamentary guide to musculoskeletal health July 2013 – Arthritis Research UK  (PDF 440KB)

Parliamentary briefing for adjournment debate on ankylosing spondylitis – February 2013 (317 KB)

Parliamentary briefing for Lords debate on the importance of an active lifestyle to health and wellbeing December 2012 - Arthritis Research UK (PDF 340 KB)

Arthritis ‘myth-busting’ briefing for Parliamentarians July 2012 – Arthritis Research UK
(PDF 102 KB)

Arthritis Research UK gives evidence to the Lords Science and Technology Committee June 2012

Our Medical Director, Professor Alan Silman, gave oral evidence to the Committee as part of their Inquiry into sport and exercise science and medicine.
Find out more about the inquiry and the report.

For more information on our work in Parliament please email Public Affairs Manager Michael Watson on




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