MSK Return on Investment Tool

A tool to help local commissioners provide cost-effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Continue reading

Health Matters- Productive Healthy Ageing – Musculoskeletal Health

This resource for health professionals and local authorities makes the case for action to support healthy productive later life with a specific reference to musculoskeletal Health. Continue reading

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

Musculoskeletal Calculator

Arthritis Research UK has partnered with Imperial College London to develop the Musculoskeletal Calculator, a tool designed to produce prevalence estimates (i.e. how many people have a condition) for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. Estimates are currrently available for osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and knee, back pain and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for England and Scotland. Continue reading

Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire (MSK-HQ)

The MSK-HQ is a short questionnaire that allows people with musculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis or back pain) to report their symptoms and quality of life in a standardised way.

It was developed jointly by the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Sciences Research Centre at Keele University and the University of Oxford, co-produced with active participation and feedback from people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, clinicians and academics.

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The State of Musculoskeletal Health 2018

The State of Musculoskeletal Health 2018 is a resource for health professionals, policy makers, public health leads and anyone interested in musculoskeletal health.

The document contains the best available data on the prevalence, risk factors, comorbidities, and impact of musculoskeletal conditions in the UK, so you can understand more about the number of people living with and affected by these conditions. 

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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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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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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.