Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions

Purpose of the group

1. Seek to raise the awareness of ongoing issues affecting patients with Arthritis  and Musculoskeletal Conditions throughout Scotland:

to include  access to services, conditions affecting children, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, relevant guidelines or an identified lack of guidance.

2. It will: 

  • aim to identify barriers to  change and improvement - and the measures required to overcome those.
  • liaise with appropriate agencies, academics and parliamentarians to consider and agree appropriate measures with a view to improvement of provision of health care and promotion of the health of people with arthritis and other musculo skeletal conditions
  • influence policy decisions of the Scottish Government, local authorities and other appropriate agencies to ensure that adequate levels of resources are deployed to address chief issues.
  • liaise with representatives from NHS Health Boards, Universities and other organisations as appropriate with regards to current relevant research,audit and reports
  • develop links with appropriate officials, within UK Government on an as and when required basis.

Forthcoming meetings

8 November 2017 at 5.30pm

21 March 2018 at 5.30pm on the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4)

6 June 2018 at 5.30pm on the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4)

12 September 2018 at 5.30pm on the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4), this meeting will include the AGM

 7 November 2018 at 5.30pm on the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4)

Next meeting: 13 September 2017

This meeting will be held at 5.30pm. This meeting will include the AGM.



Annual Return/Report

Group Officers

Group Members

Non MSP Individuals

Anne Simpson – secretary

Sheila MacLeod 

Karen Allan

Phil Atkinson

Matt Barclay

Elizabeth Blackadder

Maggie Brooks-Carter

Sharon Campbell

Debbie Cook

Janice Connelly

Diane Crake

Joyce Davidson

Margaret Duncan

Jane Gibson

Amy Hefford

Jamie Hewitt

Colin Howie

John Hunter

Janice Johnson

Joan Kerr

Catherine Lees

Kenryck Lloyds-Jones

Irene Logan

Alan Macdonald

Iain Macdonald

Margaret-Mary Gordon

Steve McBride

Grainne Morrison

Charlie Millar

Federico Moscogiuri

Elizabeth Murphy

Anne Murray

Michael New

Duncan Porter

Paulo Quadros

Stuart Ralston

David Reid

Catherine Stihler

Jim Walker

Sally Hughes



Arthritis Care

Arthritis Care Scotland

ARMA Scotland

Ash Scotland

British Society for Rheumatology

Brittle Bone Society

Community Pharmacy Scotland


Fibromyalgia Friends Scotland

Framework for Adult Rehabilitation


Merck Sharp & Dohme

Moray Health and Social Care Partnership

National Ankylospodylitis Society

National Osteoporosis Society

National Rheumatology Arthritis Society

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

NHS Borders

NHS Forth Valley

NHS Greater Clyde and Glasgow

NHS Lanarkshire

NHS Lothian

NHS Tayside


Polymyalgia Rheumatics and Giant Cell Arteritis Scotland

Psoriasis Scotland Arthritis Link Volunteers

Royal College of Nursing

Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children

Scottish Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Network

Scottish Rheumatology Society

UBC Pharma Ltd

Get involved

Next meeting:
13 September 2017




Brian Whittle MSP

Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

0131 348 5623