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14th October 2021

BRITSpA Travelling Fellowship OPEN for applications

BRITSpA is delighted to announce that the Travelling Fellowship programme is once again open for applications.

After a temporary suspension due to the global travelling restrictions imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are now re-opening the Travelling Fellowship programme to applications from BRITSpA members.

Please note that any successful awards will be subject to approval from both the applicant’s existing employer and host organisation with regards to any potential travelling restrictions.

You can find further information here.

16th September 2021

Living with progressive disability: a personal reflection

In their recent BMJ paper (Doctors must grasp the key elements of living with progressive disability), BRITSpA’s Inaugural Chairman  Dr Andrew Keat and colleague Liz Van Rossen reflect on critical aspects of terminal neurological care. They emphasise the immense importance of truthfully predicting the likely disease trajectory and the need to get the planning right at the beginning. They describe the vast range of services available within the community, provided by local authorities, many of which would be quite unfamiliar to most hospital doctors. Although this experience deals directly with neurological disease, the principals describe the huge range of community services that are equally applicable to chronic rheumatic disease. You can read the article here.

     Dr Andrew Keat

20th June 2021

New: 2021 Seminar 4 now announced!

2021 Online Seminar Series, Focus on axial spondyloarthritis.

Based on the success of the 2021 Online Seminar Series, BRITSpA is running a 4th session on Monday 6th December 2021. These year’s seminars are aimed at health care professionals and will cover key areas for the identification, diagnosis and management of axial spondyloarthritis.

Meetings are recorded and available on line until the end of December 2021. 2 CPD points per seminar may be awarded.

Registration is now open. If you are interested to join either individual sessions or the whole series, please contact Karly Graham (secretary@britspa.co.uk). You can information on the previous sessions here.

 

 

06-Dec-2021

1530-1700 pm

DELIVERING CARE IN THE WAKE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

 

COVID-19 and axial SpA: what have we learnt?

 

 

Virtual consultations and remote assessments

 

 

 

Pedro Machado

 

Toni Chan

 

10th December 2020

2021 Online Seminar Series

New 2021 Online Seminar Series, Focus on axial spondyloarthritis.

Registration is now open for these new series of free interactive online seminars. These seminars are aimed at health care professionals and will cover key areas for the identification, diagnosis and management of axial spondyloarthritis.

Meetings will be recorded and available on line until June 2021. 2 CPD points per seminar may be awarded.

If you are interested to join either individual sessions or the whole series, please contact Karly Graham (secretary@britspa.co.uk).

11-Jan-2021

1530-1700

DIAGNOSIS AND CLASSIFICATION, AND THE ROLE OF IMAGING

Disease presentation / diagnosis / classification

How axial spondyloarthritis presents in primary and secondary care, and understanding diagnosis and classification for routine practice.

Imaging

The role of different imaging modalities in the diagnosis and assessment of axial spondyloarthritis.  How to optimise MR imaging requests and interpret the images – what is normal versus what is pathological?

 

Raj Sengupta

 

Alex Bennett

01-Mar-2021

1530-1700

EXTRA-ARTICULAR MANIFESTATIONS AND COMORBIDITIES

Extra-articular manifestations

Extra-articular manifestations of axSpA – how common are they, and do they (or should they) influence management.

Common comorbidities

An overview of common comorbidities in axSpA.

 

 

Karl Gaffney

 

 

Nicky Goodson

07-Jun-2021

1530-1700

MANAGEMENT OF AXIAL SPONDYLOARTHRITIS

Pharmacological management

Pharmacological management of axial spondyloarthritis – what’s in the current arsenal?

Non-pharmacological management

The role of physiotherapy, including outcome assessment, and patient education to facilitate self-management.

 

Stefan Siebert

 

Chris Martey