October 2019 network news

Our arthritis helpline

The Versus Arthritis Helpline is here to help provide your patients with advice and support on their musculoskeletal condition. The helpline also offers information on a range of arthritis-related topics such as understanding your condition, medication and treatment options, issues with work, benefits available, self-help (diet, exercise, complementary therapies etc.), surgery and the latest evidence-based research.

Our advisors are trained and have many years’ experience of supporting people living with arthritis. They can signpost your patients to a local support group or online community forum, where they can find tips and strategies to help manage their condition, and meet others are also living with arthritis.

We also have access to interpreters if your patient’s first language is not English.

Please signpost your patients to our Helpline. It is open from 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. They can call us free on 0800 5200 520.

Alternatively, we are contactable by email: helpline@versusarthritis.org or your patients can write to us at:

Helpline Versus Arthritis
Copeman House
St. Mary’s Court
St. Mary’s Gate
S41 7TD

Pain priority for Versus Arthritis

Understanding, treating and managing pain is among the greatest challenges facing healthcare today. We’re pleased to be partnering with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grants for Applied Research on their cross-programme themed call in the management of chronic pain to address priorities in disease management and applied health research. Co-funding is available for appropriate studies in the Programme Grants for Applied Research chronic pain themed call rounds being opened throughout 2019 and 2020.

Our pain research roadmap (PDF, 1.62 MB), launched in 2018, prioritises 14 challenges to be overcome to understand, treat and prevent pain. This joint call seeks proposals for programmes of work that address research questions in the following roadmap priority areas:

  • Interventions
  • Workplace
  • Services
  • Under-represented groups
  • Prevention

The next call for applications to this call opened on 3 October 2019 with a deadline of 27 November 2019. For more details or to apply, please click here.

Health and Wellbeing resources pack for local health and care systems launched

Read about the resource produced by the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Healthwatch and Versus Arthritis that is helping build shared understanding of the local population and the communities in which they live, the wider local context affecting health and wellbeing, and specific aspects related to the delivery of local health and care services.

We are undefeatable

Last month, some of the leading long term condition health charities came together to promote a Sport England campaign 'We are undefeatable".