Musculoskeletal Health in the Workplace: a toolkit for employers

This toolkit is a simple step-by-step resource for dealing with back, neck, muscle and joint pain at work. It will help you pick out the best free resources that are right for you and your team, whatever the size of your organisation. It does not involve significant expense and can save you money in the long run. Continue reading

MSK First Point-of-Contact Model

Patients presenting with MSK problems make up to 1 in 5 primary care consultations and 10% of GP referrals. Enabling people to self-refer to MSK first contact practitioner (FCP) services can speed up access to treatment, reduce GP workload and associated costs, reduce unnecessary diagnostic referrals, increase self-management and reduce inappropriate referrals to secondary care.

To support clinicians, managers and commissioners in their efforts to forecast and monitor these impacts, we have developed an easy to use tool; the MSK First Point of Contact Model.

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Self-care and prevention workforce skills and competencies

HEE is working with and across the system to articulate how we develop the workforce to build skills in person centred approaches, i.e. how we work in partnership with people and their families to support health and wellbeing. This work brings together the core skills of:
– health coaching
– care and support planning
– shared decision making
– a number of behavioral change interventions

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Getting It Right First Time – reducing unwarranted variations

Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) is a national, clinician-led programme, created to help improve the quality of medical and clinical care within the NHS by identifying and reducing unwarranted variations in service and practice.

This webinar explores the philosophy behind GIRFT, its methodology, including the deep dive data analysis and peer-to-peer engagement with frontline medics, and importantly the benefits it has brought in improving patient outcomes and delivering efficiencies through the sharing of best practice.

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The Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire

Musculoskeletal disease (MSK) is one of the largest single sources of disability in the UK and MSK services are making major changes to address growing demands. To date few direct measures of health status have been in place which could be used across the spectrum of MSK to inform service improvement. The introduction of the Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire (MSK-HQ) has been developed to meet this need.

The webinar introduces different possible applications from audit, quality improvement and performance evaluation through to facilitating communication and personalised care with individual patients. The role of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) will also be discussed.

The webinar provides an overview of their experiences and plans for use of MSK-HQ in various NHS settings. This webinar will be of relevance to any health professional, manager or commissioner concerned with MSK service provision.

New models of MSK Masterclass

NHS England with its national partners and individual organisations are collaborating to establish new models of MSK care for promoting health and wellbeing and providing care that can be replicated more easily in other parts of the system.

This webinar looks at how we can build on current service provision for people with MSK conditions in order to identify how and where current services and support can be improved and reflects how this new programme of work has influenced the commissioning of MSK services
The webinar is jointly presented by Dr Christian Verrinder and Dr Giles Hazan, both Clinical Leads who have worked closely with their respective CCG’s to help design, procure and develop integrated musculoskeletal services across Sussex and Dorset. The target audience will be MSK professionals and commissioners – both clinicians and non-clinicians who work in primary and secondary care, CCGs and Healthcare providers.

One stop Multidisciplinary clinic for patients with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition affecting around 2% of the adult female population. It is characterised by generalised widespread pain with a spectrum of other symptoms including disturbed sleep and fatigue and is frequently associated with psychological comorbidity. Current guidelines for diagnosis reflect the spectrum of symptoms experienced by patients and this is reflected in treatment recommendations.

In this webinar best practice with regards to the diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia is discussed with an emphasis on management in primary care. The most recent treatment recommendations are presented along with a discussion on recent moves away from an emphasis pharmacological therapy.

Clinical Service Accreditation: achieving better value for MSK services

Accreditation helps clinical services become better organised to achieve change and reduce variation, and improve value. It provides motivation, recognition and reward. The CQC is using information from accreditation to inform its inspections and has indicated it would like to see more widespread accreditation of clinical services.
The Clinical Services Accreditation Alliance (CSAA) is a collection of colleges, professional bodies, regulators, commissioners and patients who have come together to standardise and improve the quality of healthcare service accreditation, ensuring accreditation is patient focused, leads to improvements in standards of care. They have developed a strategic approach to accrediting clinical services to bring consistency, leverage an integrated approach to care and to reduce burden and costs.

This webinar describes the methodology, potential benefits of accreditation and indicate why MSK is perfectly placed to be an early adopter.