Choosing Wisely UK is part of a global initiative which aims to reduce unnecessary tests and treatment by promoting shared decision-making conversations between patients and their healthcare professionals. The British Society for Rheumatology’s (BSR) recommendations were developed in partnership with patients, nurses, and primary and secondary care clinicians. Continue reading
NICE approved Joint Pain Advisor is a new model of care to support people with chronic knee, hip or back pain.
Joint Pain Advisor is a safe and cost effective alternative to GP consultations. Involving a series of face-to-face consultations, advisors work collaboratively with people with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis and/or back pain, focusing on supporting self-management. Continue reading
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.
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.
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
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.
Primary Sjögren’s syndrome is associated with significant direct and indirect costs, and represent a significant impact upon the healthcare system.
Primary Sjögren’s syndrome is a rare autoimmune disease affecting up to 0.4% of the adult female population and leading to severe dryness of the mouth and eyes and often associated with disabling fatigue and systemic manifestations. Patients require input from multiple specialities and diagnosis is often delayed.
In this webinar we describe how we have set up a multidisciplinary clinic run by rheumatologists and attended by oral medicine and ophthalmology to streamline the diagnostic pathway and reduce frequency of visits. Key components are access to a slit lamp for eye examination, provision of a lip biopsy clinic, and standardised histopathological reporting following guidelines we have developed. Patients now have access to a focused, coordinated diagnostic service, coordinated care, and opportunities to participate in research.
This resource pack provides healthcare professionals as well as commissioners and providers of MSK services with a framework for planning and developing a local MSK network, and signposts to a wide range of additional materials which may be useful as they undertake this task.
It has been co-produced with the MSK community, and distils some of the findings of the project to date, providing a practical resource to support CCGs seeking to improve outcomes for all forms of MSK disorders through a “networks” approach and with patients at the heart.