The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and fragility fractures. In the UK, one in two women and one in five men will break a bone, mainly because of poor bone health. Sadly, some 1,150 people die every month as a result of hip fractures, most of which could have been prevented.
We work to: increase understanding and awareness of osteoporosis; inform and unite health professionals; fund research into osteoporosis and fractures resulting from fragile bones; influence governments and healthcare providers to offer systematic, high-quality care for people at risk of fractures; and offer caring support to those affected by osteoporosis.
A key part of our work is to ensure that support and information are available for everyone who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis, those who have had a fracture due to fragile bones and those who are worried about themselves or loved ones. We provide a wide range of services to help people learn how to prevent osteoporosis or to manage living with the disease and the fractures it causes, and we support health professionals in providing better services.
We are an independent charity. Our funding base consists of legacies, personal donations, membership fees, fundraising programmes and modest contributions from industry. We do not receive funding from any government or the NHS.
The Royal College of General Practitioners/h3(RCGP) is a membership body of family doctors committed to delivering excellence in general practice and patient care, in the UK and overseas. Their role is to be the voice for General Practice in order to: promote the unique patient - doctor relationship; shape the public's health agenda; set standards; promote quality and advance the role of general practice globally.