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22nd March 2020

Updated Statement on the COVID-19 pandemic

Updated 22th March 2020


It is with enormous regret that we have to advise the Cancellation of the 2020 BRITSpA Annual Scientific Meeting, due to take place on 16thand 17thSeptember at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham and the inaugural Core Course ‘Essentials in Spondyloarthritis’ scheduled for 16thSeptember.


After careful monitoring of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and with full understanding of the crucial role that you all play within your organisation and community together with the growing uncertainty about the duration of the current situation, our Board of Trustees and Executive Committee felt that a decision had to be made at this time.


We would like to give our thanks to all speakers and everyone who has contributed to the development of the excellent 2020 conference and course programmes. Unfortunately it is impossible at this stage to know when we will be able to reschedule both of these events, but please keep checking our website.


For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 (coronavirus) guidance please check the BSR website. We send our best wishes to all our colleagues at this difficult time.

16th January 2020

BRITSpA Spondyloarthritis Core Course 2020: Essentials in Spondyloarthritis

Course update: Read our official statement on the Cancellation of the Core Course due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


BRITSpA is happy to announce its new CORE COURSE: Essentials in Spondyloarthritis. For its 2020 edition, the course will cover primarily axial Spondyloarthritis. Further courses with a focus on Psoriatic arthritis, Imaging, etc are planned for future dates.


Course content

The 2020 course will cover key areas for the identification, diagnosis and management of axial spondyloarthritis, including:

·       Pathogenesis

·       Disease presentation / diagnosis / classification

·       Imaging

·       Extra-spinal manifestations / Comorbidities

·       Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management

The final programme can be found here.


Key information

Date            Wednesday 16th September 2020

Time            0930 – 1530

Venue          Hilton Metropole, Birmingham



Course fees

Delegates must complete a registration form. An invoice will be sent once registration is completed.  Registration fees are:

·       Consultant / GP                                                                    £250

·       Staff grade / Junior doctor / Clinical fellow / Trainee       £200

·       Other, including AHPs / nurses / non-clinical scientists  £150

·       Industry representative                                                        £500


Late registrations

Registrations after the 1st August 2020 will be subjected to an extra 15% charge.



Once a booking has been made, substitutions can be made (change of delegate), subject to a £25 administration fee.

Cancellations prior to 16th July will be processed and refunded, subject to a £25 administration fee.  Cancellations after this date will not be refunded.


CPD points

CPD points will be available



Abstract submission is CLOSED

Abstract submission for the BRITSpA Annual Scientific Meeting is CLOSED.

Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to the BRITSpA Annual Scientific Meeting. Please check our website for further updates.

10th November 2019

BRITSpA UK consensus statement on the use of MRI in axial SpA NOW PUBLISHED in Rheumatology (Oxford)

UK recommendations developed to help clinicians make the best use of MRI in the diagnosis of axial Spondyloarthritis (axial SpA) are now published in Rheumatology (Oxford). This consensus statement was the work of an expert task force of UK based rheumatologists and radiologists assembled by the British Society for Spondyloarthritis (BRITSpA) with the aim to standardise and improve the use of MRI in axial SpA to facilitate an early and more accurate diagnosis of this disabling condition.

Read more »

9th November 2019

BRITSpA at five

In 2019 the British Society for Spondyloarthritis, BRITSpA, held its fifth Annual Scientific Meeting, the largest and most successful to date. As the society continues to grow, members of its Executive Committee reflect on current achievements and challenges ahead. Read more.