The British Society for Spondyloarthritis (BRITSpA) was created in 2013 by a group of clinicians with an interest in Spondyloarthritis with the main purpose of facilitating the sharing of information related to all aspects of the Spondyloarthritis group of diseases including but not limited to axial SpA (including Ankylosing Spondylitis), Psoriatic arthritis, Reactive arthritis, arthritis related to inflammatory bowel disease and undifferentiated Spondyloarthritis. The idea was to create a network among members of the various medical disciplines and allied health professionals that manage or investigate aspects of these conditions and related disorders to enhance research, diagnosis and treatment of the Spondyloarthritis in the UK.
BRITSpA main educational event is its Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) which takes place in Birmingham every September. This is an opportunity for members to get together for one and a half days with a challenging and thought provoking programme that brings together rheumatologists, dermatologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, immunologists, ophthalmologists, nurse specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and non-clinical scientists. The ASM is a unique occasion for research questions to be formulated and discussed. The highlight of the meeting is the Abstract Competition where a £200 award and the opportunity to present original research is awarded to investigators in three main categories: clinical, basic science and service development.