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29th May 2019

NASS Aspiring to Excellence programme now closed for applications in 2019

Applications closed on 31 July 2019 for the first cohort of the NASS Aspiring to Excellence programme, a strategic partnership between NASS, BRITSpA and sponsoring companies AbbVie, Novartis and UCB. Thank you to all who have applied.

NASS will be inviting applications again in early 2020 for the second cohort so please do check the NASS website for further details.

For any questions and to hear more about the programme, please contact Anna McGilvray ( Programme Manager for Aspiring to Excellence.

15th May 2019

Aberdeen Intensive Course in Applied Epidemiology (ICAE): 2020 registration NOW OPEN

The 27th Intensive course in Applied Epidemiology Course will take place from Monday 2nd-Friday 6th March 2020 in Aberdeen, Over 4.5 days, this intensive course covers concepts and methods common to all chronic disease epidemiology. Delegates will learn principles of study design, the collection and analysis of data in epidemiological studies, and various methodological aspects of epidemiological study, including bias, confounding, validity and reliability.

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30th April 2019

BIR (British Institute of Radiology) Imaging Day

The BIR are currently organising an Imaging in Rheumatology study day on 11 June 2019, London. This comprehensive one-day event will cover common rheumatological imaging challenges faced by the specialist and non-specialist reporting radiologist. Engaging and informative talks will be delivered by specialists in the field with a wide range of topics covered including what the rheumatologist needs to know, spondyloarthropathy, joint based disease and current best practice. Further information can be found here.

Abstract Submission now OPEN until 12th June 2020

Abstracts submission for the sixth BRITSpA Annual Scientific Meeting is now OPEN until 12th June 2020 midnight. For non-members, an educational bursary will be available to attend the meeting if your abstract is accepted for presentation.


Submission Guidelines

Please read the following instructions carefully before submitting your abstract(s).

  • Abstracts must be written in English not exceeding 300 words.
  • The uploaded Word file(s) must contain Title (in bold), authors & affiliations and the actual abstract.
  • Type family name first followed by the initials of the first name of the authors (Smith J.A, etc.)
  • Abstract should be structured as follows: Background, Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions. Paragraph headings should be typed in bold followed by a full stop and by regular text.
  • Use font Arial 10 characters per inch (font size 10) is preferred. No more than 1 table and 1 figure per abstract is permitted.
  • Use single spacing and type the text unjustified without hyphenating words at line breaks. Use hard returns only to end headings and paragraphs, not to rearrange lines.


BRITSpA Abstract Competition

There are three different categories to recognise the best clinical, basic science and service delivery/development abstracts. The best abstracts in each category will be awarded an oral presentation at the BRITSpA Annual Scientific Meeting where they will receive a £200 cheque and certificate.


Please submit your abstract to

16th January 2019

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