Signposting solutions - chronic joint pain

Signposting is an essential service, so all pharmacies should keep an up-to-date list of support groups and sources of further advice for various groups of patients. In the first of a new series of reference articles, we cover support groups for patients with chronic joint pain

Pain Concern works to support people with pain and those who care for them, whether family, friends or healthcare professionals – offering a ‘Pain Community’. The charity provides information, raises awareness and campaigns to improve the provision of pain management services in the UK. Pain Concern’s ‘Airing Pain’ radio show is a series of audio podcasts featuring the experiences of those coping with, and managing, their everyday pain. There are also interviews with top internationally recognised experts.

Further information

Helpline: 0300 123 0789 (Monday 1-4pm; Wednesday 10am-1pm; Friday 1-4pm)


Arthritis Care is the UK’s largest organisation working with, and for, all people with arthritis. It aims to help people manage their pain, improve their overall health and wellbeing, and reduce physical and emotional isolation. This charity has a network of local branches and groups and provides information, guidance and practical support through its helpline services. The website includes extensive health information about arthritis, and an online forum.

Further information

www.arthritiscare.org.uk Helpline: 0808 800 4050



The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) is the only charity in the UK devoted solely to rheumatoid arthritis. It provides support, information and empowerment for patients, and is the most active musculoskeletal charity on welfare issues. It regularly publishes major research and runs key events to inform policymakers about the needs of patients.

Further information

www.nras.org.uk Helpline: 0800 298 7650


Arthritis Research UK invests in breakthrough treatments, the best information, and vital support for everyone affected by arthritis. Its website provides a comprehensive guide to living with arthritis.

Further information

www.arthritisresearchuk.org Contact: 0300 790 0400

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