What is Joint Matters?

Joint Matters is a clinical update designed for all healthcare professionals. It aims to provide short, topical articles for all healthcare professionals with an interest in musculoskeletal conditions.

If you liked this resource and would like to receive future editions, click here to sign up to our professional network.

Please tell us what you thought of this in order to help us shape future editions.

Volunteer editor - role description

Purpose of the role

The role of the Joint Matters clinical editor is to ensure the clinical relevance and accuracy of the publication content. You will also provide guidance on possible topics, themes and contributing authors and themes for future editions, as well as taking an active role in editing the articles to ensure consistency throughout. The duration of this role is one year, which comprises a cycle of four editions of Joint Matters, with the possibility of renewal after 1 year.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for 3 editors from different professional backgrounds to work collaboratively as an editorial group on each edition.

This is an unpaid role, but Versus Arthritis is happy to provide documented evidence of your contributions to the charity’s work if required - for example for the purposes of CPD accreditation. Expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

Time commitment

  • 4-6 hours per edition
  • 4 editions a year – aiming for ‘seasonal’

By agreeing to this you are agreeing to be an editor for one year minimum.


The clinical editor will:

  • Work closely with peer clinical editors and the Versus Arthritis project editor to plan and deliver editions of Joint Matters that are topical, clinically accurate and relevant in theme
  • Identify and liaise with potential contributing authors
  • Provide sign off of content for accuracy
  • Work with peer clinical editors to impartially review and edit five articles per edition to ensure clinical accuracy. All spelling, grammar and ensuring consistent Versus Arthritis tone of voice will be provided by Versus Arthritis
  • Work closely with the VA project editor throughout
  • Support dissemination and promotion of Joint Matters to external networks.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must be a registered and practicing clinician (such as general practitioner, physiotherapist) with 3+ years of experience and demonstrable interest in musculoskeletal health
  • Ability to communicate, interpret and present scientific or medical information in a clear and concise manner
  • Familiarity with the principles of clinical research
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Offices packages.

Versus Arthritis contacts

Kate Croxton, Head of Professional Engagement, Project sponsor
Email: k.croxton@versusarthritis.org
Telephone: 02073072293

Aimee Steeds, Professional Engagement Officer, Project editor
Email: a.steeds@versusarthritis.org
Telephone: 02073072270

Joint Matters Summer 2017

In the first edition of Joint Matters (PDF 1.4 MB, published Summer 2017) read more about:

  • PROMs and choosing a hospital.
  • Management of the non-traumatic painful shoulder.
  • Could there be a neuropathic element to this pain?
  • Musculoskeletal health and exercise.
  • Cardiovascular comorbidity in rheumatoid arthritis.

Joint Matters Summer 2018

In the second edition of Joint Matters (PDF 1.6 MB, published Summer 2018) learn about:

  • Implementing shared decision making in MSK care.
  • Fibromyalgia - management is more than just drugs.
  • Using technology to support self-management.
  • Health coaching towards self-management in fibromyalgia.
  • Physical activity, the ‘super pill'.

Joint Matters Winter 2018/19

The theme of this third edition of Joint Matters (PDF 3.4 MB, published Winter 2019) is ‘making MSK health everybody’s business’.

Find articles on:

  • NHS Health Checks - a public health concern
  • Scotland’s MSK services - fit for the future
  • Pain concern: supporting self management in primary care
  • Making clinical guidelines accessible
  • Musculoskeletal conditions in the workplace