Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions

Purpose of the group

1. Seek to raise the awareness of ongoing issues affecting patients with Arthritis or Musculoskeletal Conditions, and those that arise in the course of treatment provided by health care practitioners. Ongoing issues are likely to include access to services, conditions affecting children, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, and relevant guidelines and surrounding issues such as non-compliance or an identified lack of guideline.

2. It will aim to identify barriers to change and the measures required to overcome those.

3. Liaise with appropriate agencies, academics and parliamentarians to consider and agree appropriate measures with a view to improvement of provision of health care.

4. 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.

5. Liaise with representatives from NHS Health Boards and other organisations as appropriate such as Arthritis Musculoskeletal Alliance, Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children, amongst others, with regards to current relevant research.

6. Develop links with appropriate officials within UK Government on an as and when required basis.

Forthcoming meetings

Next meeting: 25 November 2015

This meeting will be held at 5.30pm in the Adam Smith Room (CR5).



Annual Return/Report

Group Officers

Group Members

Non MSP Individuals

Sheila MacLeod - secretary

Karen Allan

Phil Atkinson

Matt Barclay

Elizabeth Blackadder

Maggie Brooks-Carter

Sharon Campbell

Debbie Cook

Diane Crake

Alison Culpan

Joyce Davidson

Margaret Duncan

Jane Gibson

Amy Hefford

Jamie Hewitt

Colin Howie

John Hunter

Janice Johnson

Joan Kerr

Catherine Lees

Kenryck Lloyds-Jones

Irene Logan

Iain Macdonald

Margaret-Mary Gordon

Steve McBride

Grainne Morrison

Charlie Millar

Federico Moscogiuri

Elizabeth Murphy

Anne Murray

Michael New

Paulo Quadros

David Reid

Catherine Stihler

Jim Walker

Sally Hughes



Arthritis Care

Arthritis Care Scotland

ARMA Scotland

Brittish Society for Rheumatology

Brittle Bone Society

Community Pharmacy Scotland


Fibromyalgia Friends Scotland

Framework for Adult Rehabilitation


Merck Sharp & Dohme

Moray Health and Social Care Partnership

National Ankylospodylitis Society

National Osteoporosis Society

National Rheumatology Arthritis Society

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

NHS Forth Valley

NHS Greater Clyde and Glasgow

NHS Lanarkshire

NHS Lothian

NHS Tayside

Pain Concern


Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis Scotland

Psoriasis Scotland Arthritis Link Volunteers

Royal College of Nursing

Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation

Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children

Scottish Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Network

Scottish Rheumatology Society

UBC Pharma Ltd

Get involved

Next meeting:
25 November 2015


Tel: 01236 423555


Margaret McCulloch MSP

Room M1.19
The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

0131 348 6379