• Arthritis Research UK/MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work Members participated in the Parliamentary Launch of the NRAS ‘Work Matters’ report, attended by the Minister for Work and Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt. The report collates the experiences of more than 1000 people with rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, following up from a similar survey carried out by the Charity a decade before.

    The findings show that people affected by inflammatory arthritis want to work but still find difficulty getting into and remaining in the workplace. Many people pointed to the value of supportive line management and flexibility in enabling work participation.

    Dr Suzanne Verstappen (Centre co-applicant) led the research team who analysed the survey responses at the University of Manchester

    The report provides advice and recommendations for employers, policy-makers and people with arthritis. NRAS plans to develop a new set of resources for these groups and our Centre has committed to support this endeavour. The Minister described the report as ‘timely’ and praised the Charity for their work to represent patients. She said that the Government were preparing to make some important announcements in this area very soon.

    Centre Director Karen Walker-Bone assisted with designing the survey questions and wrote a foreword for the report

    The full report can be accessed at:

    https://www.nras.org.uk/publications/work-matters

    Right Honourable MP Penny Mordaunt, Minister for Work and Disabled People speaking at the launch event