Invitation for paper submissions to a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Please find below an invitation for paper submissions to a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health focused on The Development and Evaluation of Workplace Interventions.

Please click on the link below to access this invitation: 

Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

We invite papers addressing topics on the development, implementation and/or evaluation of health-focused workplace interventions. Papers can be conceptual or empirical, but we especially welcome studies combining a high academic standard with a practical focus on evidence-based solutions for specific workplace problems, health issues and industries, as well as solutions that can be transferable across sectors.

Ways to Manage Arthritis Pain – link from Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network

We have received the following link from Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN) to help raise awareness on ways to manage arthritis pain.
We hope you find this useful.

Book publication

We are very pleased to announce the recent publication of a book, “Work and pain: A lifespan development approach”, edited by Centre member Elaine Wainwright and Christopher Eccleston.

From childhood to millennials and beyond, it is essential we take a life-course approach to occupation and work when in pain. Written by experts in the field, Work and pain: A lifespan development approach provides an authoritative summary and analysis of the relationship between all forms of occupation and pain.

Link to more details here

PhD studentship at Keele University

We are pleased to advertise a PhD studentship at the Primary Care Centre Versus Arthritis, School for Primary, Community and Social Care, Keele University.

“Longitudinal trajectories of work absence: bridging the gap between health and work”

The overall aim of the PhD is to derive common longitudinal trajectories of work absence in a population consulting their general practitioner with a musculoskeletal or mental health condition, and to identify significant events (turning points) and characterise patients within each of these trajectories to enable those at risk of more persistent and recurrent work absence to be identified earlier.

This is a prestigious Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) CASE studentship with funding available for three years to cover fees for PhD registration and a research studentship stipend.

For further details click here  – closing date Tuesday March 10th 2020.

Leading the way in Arthritis Research

Professor Karen Walker-Bone, Professor of Occupational Rheumatology and Director of the Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work, was among a group of scientific women celebrated for their work to reduce pain and disability from musculoskeletal disorders at a recent reception at Clarence House hosted by HRH Duchess of Cornwall (click here for more details).

Annual Scientific Meeting – 5th February 2020

A very successful planning meeting for the next five years of the Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work was held in Southampton on 5th February 2020.

Here is the Director, Professor Karen Walker-Bone, kicking off the meeting.

Thank you to everyone that came – it was a really useful day!


How is our research helping to keep people in work?

To coincide with the renewal of our funding, a recent news article from the Versus Arthritis website took a closer look at the work of our Centre. Click below for more details:

“How is our research helping to keep people in work?”


Epidemiology for Clinicians Course 8-10th January 2020

The Epidemiology for Clinicians Course 2020 will take place over three days, 8th – 10th January 2020, at Chilworth Manor, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 7PT.

The course is run by senior members of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, and aims to provide a broad overview of the main epidemiological principles and methods as well as to give an insight into the practical issues involved in conducting research.

For further information and an application form please contact Jane Pearce via or on 02380 764052.

PREMUS conference 2019

Five members of the CMHW research team recently attended the major international PREMUS (Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders) conference in Bologna, Italy.  Delegates from Europe, Australia, North and South America, India and the Far East included both research scientists and health professionals.  The conference is held every 3 years and gave us a great opportunity for us to meet other international research groups and discuss our findings from the HEAF study, particularly with regard to musculoskeletal pain and older workers, the InSTEP study, and other CMHW work.

Our Director, Karen Walker-Bone, delivered an invited keynote speech to a packed room, looking at the effects of frailty and pre-frailty on our ability to work to older ages.  Other team members gave further presentations throughout the conference, using InSTEP and HEAF study data, including the effect of weight and musculoskeletal pain on a person’s ability to work to older ages and also the impact of caring responsibilities and a person’s health.  We are delighted to report that there was considerable interest shown in our work by our international colleagues, with scope for future collaborations.

Letter published – juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Great to have a letter published on the vocational experiences of young adults with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

For those with a lifetime of work ahead of them this work examines the support and planning guidance provided in finding the right first job. Better support is clearly needed for young people with rheumatic conditions to improve transition outcomes from education to work.  More information here!