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

4 November 2020 at 6pm, this meeting will be held virtually.

Next meeting: 23 September 2020

This meeting will be held virtually at 6.15pm and will include the AGM. Should you wish to attend you must contact [email protected] in advance of the meeting.



Annual Return/Report

Group Officers

Group Members

Non MSP Individuals

Anne Simpson – secretariat 

Dr Louise Bennet

Jordan Canning 

Janice Connelly

Dr James Doonan

Dr Martin Dunbar

Friends of Highland Rheumatology Unit

Professor Colin Howie

Andrea Hynes- Whalley

Janice Johnson

Joan Kerr 

Lynn Laidlaw

Dr Rosemary Hollick

Professor Ian MacKinnes

Dr Alex Mavroeidi

Margaret Morrison

Dr Elizabeth Murphy 

Dr Ruth Richmond

Dr Stefan Siebert

 Dr  Uve Wolfram

Genevieve Zapate




ASH Scotland

Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry Scotland 

Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals Ltd

British Rheumatology Society

Community Pharmacy Scotland

Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Scotland

Glasgow CaledonianUniversity/Rehabilitation/Musculoskeletal Health

College of Occupational Therapy Rheumatology Special Interest Group

Fibromyalgia UK


Lilly UK


National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society

NHS Research Scotland  

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society

Royal Osteoporosis Society



Polymyalgia Rheumatic/Giant Cell Arteritis Scotland

Queen Margaret University , Edinburgh /Nursing Division


Scottish Network for Arthritis  in Children

Scottish Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Network

Scottish Society of Rheumatology

Teapot Trust


Versus Arthritis 

Get involved

Next meeting:
23 September 2020


[email protected]



Brian Whittle MSP

Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

0131 348 5623


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