The All-Party Parliamentary Osteoporosis Group (APPOG) which has been meeting for ten years is an informal parliamentary group made up of Westminster MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum with an interest in osteoporosis.
Its purpose is to raise awareness of the disease amongst parliamentarians, as well as influencing legislation and policy making.
APPOG is Co-Chaired by Gordon Marsden MP (Labour, Blackpool South) and Baroness Cumberlege CBE DL (former Conservative Spokesperson on Health in the House of Lords). The Group meets twice a year and presentations and speeches are made by individuals ranging from Government Ministers, clinicians and other experts.
APPOG is run in partnership with the National Osteoporosis Society, which provides administrative support and expert advice to the group.
If you wish to know more about the activities of APPOG or are an MP or Peer who would like to join, please contact Louise Madel, APPOG Administrative Secretary, at email@example.com.
Roundtable discussion “The Barriers to Commissioning Fracture Liaison Services”
4 December 2013
APPOG brought together clinicians, commissioners and parliamentarians to discuss the barriers and possible solutions to commissioning vital fracture liaison services. Attendees came from areas that either have a fully functioning fracture liaison service, have a service that might be under threat or have a proven appetite to establish a service.
AGM and Reception: “Campaigning for Comprehensive Provision of Fracture Liaison Services”
25 June 2013
Patients and health practitioners highlighted to Parliamentarians the vital role of Fracture Liaison Services (FLSs) in diagnosing fragility fractures, osteoporosis and preventing further agonising and costly fractures to the NHS. Speakers included Peter Kay, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal conditions and Watchdog’s Lynn Faulds Wood. Attendees also heard from specialist FLS nurses as well as Sarah Newton MP and Bill Jennings, who shared their personal experiences of being diagnosed with osteoporosis where FLS were respectively present and absent.
Osteoporosis suit demonstration
16 October 2012
To mark World Osteoporosis Day, APPOG provided an opportunity for parliamentarians to drop-in to try on or see a newly-developed osteoporosis suit. The suit simulates the debilitating effects that osteoporosis and fragility fractures have on people with the condition. National Osteoporosis Society representatives were on hand to demonstrate the suit. Parliamentarians were also able to try a new smartphone-friendly web-based app designed to help the general public find out how strong their bones are.
AGM and follow-up to the nutrition inquiry
10 July 2012
Our invitation-only roundtable meeting examined progress in implementing recommendations made in APPOG’s 2011 inquiry report into the relationship between nutrition, osteoporosis and bone health.
FRAX fracture risk assessment clinic
13 December 2011
The clinic gave MPs and Peers an opportunity to find out if they are at risk at broken bones. They also found out about the steps that can be taken to prevent them. The assessments were carried out by Dr Alun Cooper (a GP working in Crawley, West Sussex and one of the charity’s trustees) and Peter Smitham (a surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, Middlesex). Both were supported by Rick Tame, one of the charity’s Helpline nurses. FRAX is a web-based tool which can determine an individual’s 10-year probability of suffering a major fragility fracture. The calculation is based on answers to a simple online questionnaire, available here.
25th Anniversary of the National Osteoporosis Society reception and launch of the APPOG nutrition inquiry
21 June 2011
This event marked the National Osteoporosis Society's 25th anniversary. It also launched APPOG's latest inquiry report and acted as the group's 2011 Annual General Meeting.
2010 and before
Introductory briefing: osteoporosis and fractures
16 November 2010
The session included a series of short presentations, given by Professor Ignac Fogelman (Department of Nuclear Medicine Guy's Hospital Borough Wing, London) and Olive Dunlea (Chair of the Middlesex Osteoporosis Support Group). Juliette Brown, the National Osteoporosis Society’s Communications and Public Affairs Director, also made a brief presentation. This covered the policy steps that are needed to reduce the impact that the disease is having upon patients and the NHS.
AGM and reception: “Cutting the Cost of Falls and Fractures through Better Prevention Services for Older People”
7 July 2010
Following the inaugural election of the Group’s officers, MPs and Peers heard a speech from Professor David Oliver, National Clinical Director for Older People. Christine Sharp, an osteoporosis patient from West Yorkshire, also spoke. Local information about the provision of osteoporosis and fracture services across the UK was made available for MPs to view and take away.