Policy reports from 2013 and 2014

Some of our older publications may be out of date or express positions that the organisation no longer endorses.

The following reports are also available from the policy team. If you would like to receive a PDF copy please email the policy team on policy@versusarthritis.org

  • Arthritis, joint replacements and patients' rights under the NHS constitution - Policy spotlight: This policy spotlight focuses on people with arthritis' awaremess of their rights in the NHS Constitution when having a joint replacement operation. It outlines their needs for information and support, and their experiences of living with the pain of severe arthritis. (Publication date: July 2013)
  • Personal health budgets - perspectives from people with arthritis and other MSK conditions: Personal health budgets aim to give people with long term conditions or disabilities greater choice, flexibility and control over the health services and support they receive. (Publication date: August 2012)
  • Twice as likely: putting long term conditions and depression on the agenda. Our vision is for every person with a long term condition to be enabled to engage in agreeing a 'Plan of Care' in conjunction with a health and/or social care professional through a planning process with assesses their physical and psychological needs equally. (Publication date: April 2012)
  • A call to action - Providing better footwear and foot othoses for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Without good quality therapeutic footwear, people with rheumatoid arthritis are often left unable to walk, and the condition of their feet degenerates. (Publication date: 2012)
  • A heavy burden - The occurrence and impact of MSK condition in the UK today. (Publication date: 2011)
  • Osteoarthritis and obesity - A report. The report is the second in an ongoing programme of commissioned report in areas of public interest. (Publication date: February 2009)
  • Arthritis - The big picture. Little is known about how people are affected by arthritis and so we embarked on an exercise to find out how big the problem really is. (Publication date: 2002)