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Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions

This Cross-party group's purpose:

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.

Next meeting

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 24th April 6-8pm
The meeting can be attended in-person or online .

Agenda and other papers to follow.

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Involved in the group

MSPs, individuals and organisations who participate in and support this group.

Current Members

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

Rachael Hamilton

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Constituency)

Rhoda Grant


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Coatbridge and Chryston (Constituency)

Liam McArthur


Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for: Orkney Islands (Constituency)

Annie Wells


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

Non MSP Individuals

Neil Basu
Heather Ann Baxter
Kathryn Berg            
Douglas Guest           
Mr Nick Clements           
Sue Cole                         
Mr Martin Davison
Dervil Dockrell               
Dorothy-Grace Elder            
Caron Jenkins                     
Professor Alasdair MacLullich
Dr Neil Martin           
Maureen McAllister           
Deborah Nelson                 
John Paton           
Professor Duncan Porter   
Lesley Rose  
Tracey Rendall                 
Anne Sutherland       
Carol Williams                 
Sarah Berry                   
Alison Black
Ailsa Bosworth MBE       
Lucy Bramwell
Dr Stephen Bridgman  
Richard Cuthbert   
Mr Edward Dunstan   
Andrew Fell
Louise Fisher         
Clare Jacklin           
Craig Jones
Jill Hamilton             
Dr Rosemary Hollick   
Dr Alan Macdonald       
Gary McFarlane
Eddie McGill                       
Robin Munro
Mr Al Murray                 
Lorna Neil               
Laura Neil               
Matt Pickup   
Professor Stefan Siebert   
Michelle Stevenson             
MT Walker               
Debbie Wilson     
Dr Louise Wilson   
Andrew Henderson               
Dr Margaret-Mary Gordon
Phil Ackerman
Dr Louise Bennet
Jordan Canning
Paul Cockburn
Professor Colin Howie
Joan Kerr
Lynn Laidlaw
Dr Alex Mavroedi
Professor Ian Mcinnes
Professor Stuart Ralston
Anne Simpson      (voluntary secretary)
Andrew Torrance
Dr Louise Wilson
Dr Uwe Wolfram


ABPI Scotland
British Society for Rheumatology
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Scotland
Community Pharmacy Scotland
Cross Party Group: Chronic Pain
Friends of Highland Rheumatology Unit
Glasgow Caledonian University/Ageing and Health
National Axial   Spondyloarthritis Society
National Rheumatology Arthritis Society
NHS Ayrshire and Arran/Rheumatology
NHS Borders/Rheumatology
NHS Forth Valley/Rheumatology
NHs Grampian/Rheumatology
NHs Grampian/Podiatry
NHS Greater Clyde and Glasgow/Rheumatology
NHS Lanarkshire/Rheumatology
NHS Lothian/Rheumatology
NHS   Research Scotland /Musculoskeletal Health
Polymyalgia Rheumatics and Giant Cell Arteritis Scotland
Queen Margaret University/Department of  Nursing
Royal Osteoporosis Society
Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children
Scottish Society of Rheumatology
Scottish Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Network
The Teapot Trust
UCB Pharma Ltd
University of Aberdeen
Versus Arthritis