The webinar outlines how a community based rheumatology service can provide effective management of rhuematology patients, with benefits both to the patients and the use of clinical resources. Continue reading
This information leaflet has been co-produced by the Impact Accelerator Unit, Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, Keele University, along with the Research Institute’s LINK group (Lay Involvement in Knowledge Mobilisation). It aims to support and supplement the Keele “Guide for People who have Osteoarthritis” – and is based on research evidence from the Keele University SMOOTH study. Continue reading
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.
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.