Recommended Musculoskeletal Indicator Set

A standard set of indicators for musculoskeletal health services relevant to people with arthritis and commissioners, created in partnership with the musculoskeletal community. The indicators describe the value, quality and cost of musculoskeletal services, aimed at those who are responsible for shaping services (commissioners and providers) and also relevant and meaningful to clinicians and patients. 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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Quality Standards for Osteoporosis and Prevention of Fragility Fractures

Quality Standards for Osteoporosis and Prevention of Fragility Fractures
Identifying vertebral fractures systematically has proven challenging for all clinicians and currently more than two-thirds are undiagnosed. The purpose of this guidance is to ensure that all vertebral fractures are systematically identified, reported using clear terminology to the referring clinician and lead to appropriate management to avoid further fragility fractures.

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Clinical Guidance for the Effective Identification of Vertebral Fractures

Clinical Guidance for the Effective Identification of Vertebral Fractures
Derived from current guidance, these seven standards reflect high-quality practice across the fracture prevention pathway. Detailed criteria and measures are included to allow evaluation of service performance. They provide the foundation for Peer Review of osteoporosis services.

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Fracture Liaison Service Toolkit

The FLS Toolkit takes the hard work out of establishing a new FLS or improving an existing one. It has been specifically designed to help develop a business case, saving you the time and trouble of researching and drafting the required documents. Our FLS Champions Network provides further opportunities to learn from experts in FLS.

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Osteoporosis Resources for Primary Care

A comprehensive online resource for primary health care teams as well as webinar training for primary care health professionals. ORPC is the one-stop place to access online information about early diagnosis, treatment and management of osteoporosis as well as resources to use with your patients.

The Introduction, Identification, Investigation, Initiation and Information sections will guide you through developing an understanding of osteoporosis, its diagnosis and management.

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Fracture Prevention Practitioner Training (e-learning)

This online training course enables all health professionals to deliver excellent health care to people with or at risk of osteoporosis and fragility fractures throughout the UK. This is the only course of its kind that provides the underpinning knowledge required to deliver best practice. The modules are free to access. The assessment is CPD accredited and costs £50.00.

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Joint Pain Advisor

Chronic joint pain accounts for around 1 in 5 primary care consultations. GPs feel overwhelmed and are concerned that they don’t have the time or the skills to give people adequate information or advice.

To improve access to better management London Health Innovation Network has introduced Joint Pain Advisors into six primary care surgeries. Their role is to give people simple information, advice about self-management strategies, constructed personalised care plans and use behavioural change techniques to help people adopt healthier lifestyles.

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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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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.