This is an opportunity to develop skills at board level, to learn about the health sector and to make a significant difference to people with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
Good musculoskeletal health is fundamental. Our ability to move is what enables us to work, socialise, live independently and contribute to society. Sadly, too many people do experience long delays in getting a clear diagnosis and relevant treatment, often living in pain while they wait.
The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) brings together organisations representing health care professionals and people living with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions to highlight the need for better services and to support improvement. Our membership in the last 18 months has grown as has our reputation amongst healthcare professionals.
This is an exciting time for ARMA. After many years when MSK conditions did not get the attention they deserve, NHS England now has a programme to drive improvements in services. ARMA is closely involved in this and has a place on the Delivery Board. This enables us to have significant impact on policy and delivery of health services. MSK health services have been hit hard by the pandemic and there are significant back logs and there are huge backlogs in treatments such as hip and knee surgery. ARMA will be working with NHS England to ensure that when these backlogs are cleared, services will be better than before.
Our biggest challenge in capitalising on this position is the need to maintain sufficient income to enable us to deliver and retain our independence. Half of ARMA’s income is from membership fees, the other half from corporate sponsorship and other income generation.
Our Board is strong on charity management and clinical/health policy. Our current trustee with fundraising experience has just stepped down after three years on the Board. We are not expecting trustees to carry out the fundraising themselves, but to support the Board in developing its strategy and CEO in delivering this.
ARMA Trustees are appointed for an initial three-year term and after that are eligible to stand for a further three-year term. This is an unpaid honorary post. Board meetings take place on a quarterly basis and you will be expected to give your time for 4 meetings as well as attendance at the income generation group approximately 6 times per year and ad hoc advice to the CEO. Most meetings are virtual, and reasonable expenses are reimbursed e.g. where travel is required for a face to face meeting.
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