Living Well With Arthritis

This presentation will illustrate the importance of a working life when living with arthritis and the important role that AHPs can play to assist people to return or stay in work.Maureen will describe Arthritis Care’s Joint Working Programme, how it benefits people and how this links with overall self-management of the condition.She will discuss the main issues for people giving up work or finding it difficult to re-enter employment when they have arthritis.Stacey will share some of her real-life experiences which will help to convey the importance of helping people to return to work/retain employment and how AHPs can facilitate this. Learning outcomes:

  • Greater understanding of health professionals’ roles in self-management and prevention initiatives

Maureen has worked as the manager of the Arthritis Care Joint Working service for 4 years.  She provides information, signposting and support to help individuals with inflammatory arthritis remain in or return to work, also targeting employers and service providers to raise awareness of arthritis in the workplace. Having spent 18 years dealing with welfare benefits, she undertook further education, volunteering while studying at college then Adult Guidance Post Grad at Strathclyde University.She worked with RNIB for almost 10 years supporting blind and partially sighted job seekers, providing IT and motivational training, employability advice and securing work placements.  She is a board member of several disability related charities and was part of the Accessibility Committee for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.Stacey is 29 years old and has lived with arthritis since she was 15. She will describe her experience of the impact arthritis on her working life and how Arthritis Care’s Joint Working Service and self-management programme has supported her to re-build her confidence and enter into an internship.