Last updated:29th June 2016

NASS Members' Day Presentations 2016

Thank you to everyone who came to NASS Members' Day 2016. We hope you all had a fantastic day and enjoyed all the wonderful presentations, practical sessions and stands delivered by leading healthcare professionals, helping to make NASS Members’ Day a huge success. We have included links to various presentations which you can find below. 

We started the day with our NASS Chief Executive Debbie Cook celebrating forty years of NASS, with her presentation Fab@40. This was followed by a fascinating presentation by rheumatologists, Dr Karl Gaffney and Dr Raj Sengupta, looking at the management of AS, in the past, present and the future.

After a short break, which gave attendees a chance to see the interactive stands provided by Healthcare at Home, Arthritis Action, British Acupuncture Council and a Bath Spa University research team, we continued with an intriguing discussion on Diet and AS with Martin Lau from Arthritis Action and an introduction to acupuncture with Adrian Lyster from the British Acupuncture Council.

The ever popular informative friends and family session followed led by Physiotherapy Manager Claire Jefferies, Rheumatology Matron Colin Beevor, Rheumatology Nurse Roneleeh Bungue-Tuble and NASS member Paul Curry. At the same time specialist Physiotherapists Claire Harris and Amanda Thomas led a session with our members on Essential Exercise Tips.

After a delicious lunch in the Somerset sunshine we headed back into the lecture theatre to hear Raj Sengupta deliver a presentation on the AS Rehabilitation Course at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases. Soon we were back outside to make the most of the picturesque Bath Spa university campus by getting stuck into the practical sessions of Tai Chi, and Singing. The enthusiasm for the practical activities inspired by our session leaders Sue Gurden (Tai Chi) and Frances Bennett (Singing) was great to see and hopefully some people found a new way to manage their AS.

After the exertion of the practical sessions, everyone made their way back inside for the final act of a fantastic day. NASS Chair Raj Mahapatra led the birthday celebration for NASS’ 40th year with a toast to 40 more years and beyond.

We would like to say thanks again to everyone who came, especially to our speakers, stand holders and volunteers without whom we wouldn’t have been able to enjoy this landmark occasion. We hope to see you all again next year!

* We would also like to thank MSD who provided NASS with a grant towards the AS wellbeing project, including Members’ Day. Which provides an opportunity for people to network and share their personal experiences and knowledge. We would also like to thank Bath Spa University for hosting the event and Laura Richards for her wonderful photography skills.

Below you will find the various links to the presentations mentioned above for Members' Day 2016.


NASS Fab@40 - Debbie Cook

Diet and AS – Martin Lau

An introduction to acupuncture – A talk from the British Acupuncture Council

Essential exercise tips – Claire Harris 

AS Rehabilitation Course at the Royal National Hospital Rheumatic Diseases - Dr Raj Sengupta 





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