Last updated:22nd February 2018

Health Professional Resources

Health Professional Resources

Upcoming events

NASS events for osteopaths and chiropractors

Following the success of our first event in Norwich, NASS is running another axial spondyloarthritis refresher seminar in partnership with the Institute of Osteopaths and Royal College of Chiropractors. Read about our first event in Norwich here.

To register email Jill Hamilton.

14 April 2018 - Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases
Supported by UCB through an educational grant. UCB has no editorial involvement.

Remedy Courses

Jack March is running two courses for physiotherapists on rheumatology during 2018. Each has a strong focus on spondyloarthritis recognition, assessment and management. 

Rheumatology in MSK: Recognition and Management takes place in Sheffield on 29 September 2018

Red Flags & Rheumatology takes place in Edinburgh on 1-2 December 2018.

RCGP eLearning module on AS

NASS have worked in partnership with the British Society for SpondyloArthritis (BRITSpA) to sponsor an eLearning course on ankylosing spondyloarthritis (axial spondyloarthritis) (AS) on the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) website. The course aims to educate primary care practitioners about AS.

It was authored by Dr Karl Gafffney, consultant rheumatologist at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and NASS trustee and Dr Daniel Murphy, who works both as a rheumatologist at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, and a GP in Honiton. 

There are two parts to the course, the first part covers diagnosing AS and the second covers how AS should be managed.

GPs and any other health professional can access the course free of charge by signing up on the RCGP website. We really hope this course will help health professionals understand more about AS and, over time, reduce the long delay to diagnosis.


We recommend physiotherapists with an interest in ankylosing spondylitis contact AStretch. This is a group of physiotherapists from around the UK who meet to improve the understanding of AS.

If you are a nurse, physiotherapist or occupational therapist working in AS you may be interested in the UK Rheumatology Nurses and Practitioners Society.

Physiotherapist guides to axial spondyloarthritis

A series of guides aimed at physiotherapists working with axial spondyloarthritis.

You can download all 4 guides. 

  1. Differentiating inflammatory and mechanical back pain
  2. What is axial spondyloarthritis? How does it apply to physiotherapists?
  3. Assessing the signs, symptoms and clinical manifestations of axial SpA 
  4. The treatment of axial spondylorthritis

Physio Matters Podcast

The Physio Matters Podcast session 26 was sponsored by NASS and features physiotherapist Jack March interviewing Dr Karl Gaffney (Consultant Rheumatologist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and NASS Trustee) talking ankylosing spondylitis (axial spondyloarthritis) (AS).

Bath Indices

Freshly updated for 2016 by AStretch, you can download your copy of the Bath Indices. Alternatively email Laura Garbari with your order request (UK only) including your address and the number of copies you require.

You can also watch Standardising the Bath AS Metrology Index (BASMI): a DVD guide to carrying out these measurements accurately.  

Produced by Liz van Rossen MCSP, Extended Scope Practitioner in Rheumatology Physiotherapy, East Kent Hospital University Trust.