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.
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
East of England SpA Academy 2020 Annual Meeting (7th October)
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.
Southend university hospital
SpA Academy Imaging and Case Studies ***Virtual Event on 17th sep
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.