World Arthritis Day 

12/10/2011 00:00 

Today is World Arthritis Day. At UCLH there is a rheumatology unit which provides services for patients with many different types of arthritis and musculoskeletal pain.

Nimfa Peralta, and Prof Ainsur Rahman

Nimfa Peralta, and Prof Anisur Rahman

World Arthritis Day, organised by Arthritis Research UK, is held every year on 12 October to raise awareness of the issues affecting people with the condition.

UCLH has specialist clinics for lupus and autoimmune rheumatic diseases, inflammatory arthritis, joint hypermobility syndrome, chronic musculoskeletal pain, osteoporosis, and arthritis in adolescents.  The Trust is heavily involved in research into the causes of arthritis and the best ways to help patients with arthritis and have been awarded several large research grants for that work.”

Earlier this year UCLH therapists and rheumatologists became the face of an Arthritis Research UK campaign designed to provide an ongoing source of information to patients.

The charity visited UCH for images to include in more than 80 booklets which were developed following new research into the needs of patients with the debilitating condition.

UCLH staff face up to Arthritis UK campaign

Rauri Hadlington, physiotherapist, helping a patient with an exercise ball

Included in the photo shoot were: Rebecca Baldock, senior physiotherapist; Rauri Hadlington and Nick May, physiotherapists; Nimfa Peralta, outpatients healthcare assistant; Professor Anisur Rahman, consultant rheumatologist; Gemma Lindsell, occupational therapist and Sophia Mavrommatis, clinical specialist physiotherapist for rheumatology.

Sophia said: "Arthritis Research UK is a great resource for patients and clinicians. We were delighted to be part of their new patient information materials"

The new booklets and leaflets have been developed to fill this gap and to meet changing patient needs.

Arthritis Research UK is the leading authority on arthritis in the UK, conducting scientific and medical research into all types of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. It is the UK’s fourth largest medical research charity and the only charity solely committed to funding high quality research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis.

The new leaflets are available to order or download at:  
For more information about World Arthritis Day and to see how else it is celebrated across the world, visit


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