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FMA UK policy work: submission of proposals to Jeremy Hunt and partnership with ARMA

FMA UK, as a national charity for fibromyalgia in the UK, apart from providing help and direct support to thousands of people thorough the year, does also policy work with partner organisations and feeds back to NHS and government’s consultations to ensure that the voice of people living with fibromyalgia is always heard at the highest level and that healthcare services include the needs of fibromyalgia patients.

We are a member of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA), an alliance of charities and professional healthcare organisations, dedicated to improve the lives of people living with musculoskeletal conditions, including fibromyalgia. Working as part of an alliance, such as ARMA, ensures that we can feedback directly to decision makers in the NHS and government and that the planning for healthcare services includes patients living with fibromyalgia.

This month, through ARMA, we have had the opportunity to feedback directly to NHS England, including to Peter Kay, the Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal conditions and to Martin McShane, the NHS England Director for Long Term Conditions and to raise points, which we think will improve the diagnosis, treatment and care for people living with fibromyalgia. We have also submitted a proposal on preventative programmes to Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary.  

Last week we have attended ARMA’s Annual Lecture, led by Professor John Newton, Chief Knowledge Officer at Public Health England, where we have had the opportunity to learn about the approaches to musculoskeletal conditions, which are adopted by Public Health England and to discuss these with Professor Newton.

FMA UK policy work is important to ensure that we keep abreast in developments and thinking in healthcare in areas relevant to the care of patients living with fibromyalgia and that we can feedback, influence and work with decision makers and other organisations to shape policy and services and to ensure that the voice of 2.7 million people living with fibromyalgia is heard. 

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