Supporting your educational needs in rheumatology

Thank you for visiting the SpA Academy’s Arthritis Events website.

This website will host a number of educational events related to a variety of rheumatological conditions. In 2020 we will be focusing on axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). In 2021 we will be hosting a series of educational events on rheumatoid arthritis (RA), in addition to SpA.

Our objectives are to provide clinical knowledge and skills training, promote multidisciplinary care, act as a platform for networking and generate interest in research; with the ultimate aim of improving standards of care.

Through the two key formats of ‘National four-whole-day events’ and ‘Regional Annual Meetings’, our curriculum will include epidemiology, disease presentation and classification, clinical examination, investigation, non-pharmacological and pharmacological management, and service delivery. The curriculum will be delivered via key-note presentations, workshops and clinical skills demonstrations. We hope to serve as a platform for multi-disciplinary and multi-speciality networking, and therefore welcome registrations from rheumatologists, clinical and research nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, orthotists, dieticians, psychologists, chiropractors, osteopaths, podiatrists, surgeons, general practitioners and any other healthcare professional interested in rheumatology.

These events are funded by unrestricted educational grants from industry sponsors. The content of these meetings has been independently directed by us, and is not promotional in any way.

All events are free to attend and we endeavour to have RCP-CPD accreditation for all.

Please register for the event of interest using the ‘Events’ tab above. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the ‘Academy’ and hope that you find it to be an exciting educational initiative.

SpA Academy Testimonials

Excellent, high quality training day.

This was an excellent training day, with brilliant talks from expert speakers – the updates from Professor Gaffney and Dr Jadon have definitely improved my understanding of spondyloarthritis, and I am confident it will have a direct impact on my future practice. Moving to a virtual platform was very smoothly done, maintaining the high-quality we have come to expect from SpA academy events.

Fiona Coath
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
East of England SpA Academy 2020 Annual Meeting (7th October)

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I would like to say thanks to all the sponsors for arranging such an extremely educational activities.
It is one of the best activity which is well organised, educationally relevant and interactive.
All the presentations were well presented and useful in daily practice.
It is always good to hear from the expert in their field.
Many thanks to the SpA academy.

Mohammad Tariq
Southend university hospital
SpA Academy Imaging and Case Studies ***Virtual Event on 17th sep

Great day definitely will change my practice and thought stimulating

This day was a great and informative day, i especially enjoyed the discussions around bony oedema in the sacroilliac joints in active patients due to exercise. The Radiology discussion in psoriatic arthritis was excellent and especially enjoyed the discussions around differentiation between PsA and erosive OA in the DIP joints.

I look forward to future events, great learning day thank you

Michael Dare
Connect Health Plc
SpA academy imaging and case studies

Very informative and thoroughly enjoyed.

Very informative and thoroughly enjoyed. very useful for clinical practice thanks

Gyanendra Singh
NHFT
SpA Academy Imaging and Case Studies ***Virtual Event on 17th sep

SPA TRAINING DAYS

I found the events very interesting and useful. It is especially useful to have access to local, quality CPD hours. As a manual therapist I found the event at the N&N which was aimed at chiropractors and osteopaths very informative. I had under-appreciated the episodic nature of SpA and I feel more confident referring patients back to their GP for further investigations. I am pleased to report that in this short time a couple of people have received a diagnosis of SpA when they would have almost certainly slipped the net previously.

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SPA MEETINGS

All the events were extremely useful. I work in a large primary care MSK service, taking all referrals, primarily from GPs. The [training] days have definitely changed my practice on an individual level as an ESP as well as within our wider team of ESPs and physios. Training has been put in place as a result of attendance at the 4 days and will be ongoing. I would like to think there is now an improved awareness throughout our service – it certainly seems to have prompted more discussion amongst colleagues. In addition we are starting an audit of GP spinal referrals with reference to the recent NICE guidance on spondyloarthritis. I hope this will also help to improve awareness amongst GPs too. We are also developing more links with Rheumatology and are lucky to be able to have the opportunity to work alongside as they have recently moved some of their clinics out into primary care. Looking forward to further SpA events and updates very much, its definitely worth the long drive down and a lovely venue. The website will be very useful

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SPA ACADEMY DAYS

I found the Spa academy meeting extremely useful not only in terms of the presentations but also having the opportunity to meet with other clinicians with a special interest in SpA. I have done several feedback sessions to my colleagues and as a result it has helped to heighten awareness of SpA as a possible diagnosis.

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PRESENTATION OF SPA & CARE PATHWAYS

I have thoroughly enjoyed the SpA academy days that I attended. It consolidated my knowledge of Axial SpA and is a fantastic forum to network with clinicians and the multi-disciplinary team across the region . This forum has given me confidence and insight on how to modulate my service needs for patients in my local area. Thank you for all your time and efforts and being truly inspirational.

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PRESENTATION OF SPA & CARE PATHWAYS

Very eloquent speakers – knowledgeable and presentations were engaging

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PRESENTATION OF SPA & CARE PATHWAYS

An excellent and informative conference – well-organised and pitched at just the right level

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CLINICAL ASSESSMENT AND EXAMINATION OF SPONDYLOARTHRITIS

Wonderful environment to learn in, a relaxed manner, no question left unanswered and discussion and questions always welcomed

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EVENT 2: CLINICAL ASSESSMENT AND EXAMINATION OF SPONDYLOARTHRITIS,

“Very helpful and helps to manage my own patients.  Beneficial – thanks!”

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CLINICAL ASSESSMENT AND EXAMINATION OF SPONDYLOARTHRITIS,

I’m very new to my role as a nurse practitioner.  These sessions are really helpful and helped me to gain more understanding, especially learned from patients.

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IMAGING AND NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT

Really helpful and insightful to speak to patients suffering and managing their conditions and the difference presentations and variations for AS. Good to highlight  symptoms and red flags.  I attended the last meeting and I am definitely more aware in regards to diagnosis.  My questioning has become more specific.

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Brilliant event again, thank you! Great topics covered, very useful.

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Excellent presentations and knowledgeable presenters.

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Thanks for a hugely interesting, informative and accessible presentation yesterday in Stirling. The speakers were all extremely engaging and each presentation was pitched just right!

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Interesting selection of talks – well presented, suitable for wide range or professions in attendance.

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I found the conference extremely interesting and informative … probably the most helpful CPD I’ve done in 20 years !

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Has given me a broader understanding of the topics.

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Really informative and raised awareness of SpA arthropathies.

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Excellent day of talks from talented speakers!!

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Excellent speakers and great CPD event. Speakers felt approachable to ask questions etc.

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PRESENTATION OF SPA & CARE PATHWAYS

Absolutely excellent historical perspective lecture – never had anything quite as expansive or properly researched.

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