All-Party Parliamentary Group on Osteoporosis

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Osteoporosis and Bone Health launched on 25 March 2021 to raise awareness of the condition and the importance of bone health among Parliamentarians and NHS leaders. The Royal Osteoporosis Society provides the Secretariat for the group.

Causing over half a million broken bones every year, osteoporosis has a devastating personal, societal and financial impact, with many thousands of people suffering alone and in silence. This APPG is a huge step forward in breaking the silence and unlocking the seismic opportunities for prevention and early intervention.
- Craig Jones, Chief Executive, Royal Osteoporosis Society

All-Party Parliamentary Group Officers

  • Chair: Judith Cummins MP
  • Co-chair: Lord Black of Brentwood
  • Vice-chairs:
  • Baroness Masham of Ilton
  • Peter Dowd MP

Join our Inquiry into primary care for people with osteoporosis

As its second act, the APPG has launched an inquiry into primary care for people with osteoporosis. A call for written evidence was announced on 24 February 2021. Expert witnesses, people with osteoporosis and other stakeholders are encouraged to submit written evidence to the inquiry. 

If you have your own lived experience of osteoporosis, or you wish to submit evidence on behalf of someone with the condition, you can take our short APPG Primary Care Survey.

If you’d like to submit evidence to the Inquiry, you can do this electronically by emailing appg@theros.org.uk or in writing to: Primary Care Inquiry, Royal Osteoporosis Society, St James House, The Square, Lower Bristol Road, Bath, BA2 3BH.

The deadline for the receipt of written evidence is 5pm 24 April 2022.  

Find out more about the inquiry and how you can submit evidence here.

Inquiry into the postcode lottery for Fracture Liaison Services

As its first act, the APPG launched an inquiry into the provision of Fracture Liaison Services (FLS). A call for written evidence was announced in June 2021, with oral evidence sessions taking place over the summer.

As part of the inquiry, a Freedom Of Information request was sent to all NHS Trusts to find out if they provide an FLS. Read Fracture Liaison Service provision Freedom of Information request - summary of responses.

Inquiry report

The APPG on Osteoporosis and Bone Health has published the Inquiry report: How to End the Postcode Lottery for Access to a Quality Fracture Liaison Service. The findings highlight the scale of under-diagnosis and missed opportunities in the NHS, while publishing a blueprint for change.

The Inquiry reported has been supported by: Bone Research Society, British Geriatrics Society, British Orthopaedic Association, British Society of Skeletal Radiologists, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, International Osteoporosis Foundation, and Primary Care Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine Society.

Meetings

The first meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Osteoporosis and Bone Health was on 25 March 2021.

Meeting 1, 25 March 2021 - minutes

Meeting 2, 1 July 2021

Unwarranted variation in care ROS presentation

 

Meeting 3, 22 July 2021

What are we trying to achieve for FLS in the NHS? FLS DB presentation

NHFD presentation

Meeting 4
The third and final oral evidence session of the APPG’s Inquiry into the postcode lottery for Fracture Liaison Services (FLS)

APPG Report Launch - 14th December 2021

Meeting 5, 24 February 2022 - Minutes

Inquiry launch into Primary Care for people with osteoporosis

How to get involved

If you would like to know more about the work of the APPG on Osteoporosis and Bone Health, please email appg@theros.org.uk

You can also help the APPG to raise issues related to osteoporosis and bone health by contacting your local MP or other elected official and informing them of the APPG’s work.

Disclosure statement

The Royal Osteoporosis Society (ROS) aims to increase awareness and discussion of osteoporosis in the four Parliaments and Assemblies of the UK. This aim is shared by several corporate partners, who have each given the charity an arms-length grant to help achieve that outcome. Find out more about how we work with our corporate partners here. The ROS is an independent charity, with the interests of patients, their families and the wider public at its heart. Our policy and research is editorially independent, with a view to influencing a wide range of audiences, including corporate partners. All agendas, reports, briefings and papers for meetings are prepared without external input.

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Disclaimer

This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these webpages are those of the group.

Find out more about the work of the APPG

  • If you would like to know more about the work of the APPG on Osteoporosis and Bone Health, please email appg@theros.org.uk

We influence and shape policy and practice at every level through our work with healthcare professionals and policy-makers.

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