Standardised National Data Collection for First Contact Practitioners – Guidance

This guidance provides instructions on how to collect and export FCP appointment activity on primary care data systems using a standardised list of outputs. It was produced by FCP Amanda Hensman-Crook with input from the CSP, NHS Digital and NHS England. In 2019, the guidance was revised by the CSP’s Euan McComiskie in conjunction with Amanda. Continue reading

Measuring the positive quality impact of embedding osteopaths in a secondary care spinal unit

Case study:

To determine whether inclusion of osteopathic practice in a multimodal NHS service within a secondary care spinal unit (Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham (QMC)) is safe, effective and what the patient experience of such interventions is.  Continue reading

Everything you wanted to know about setting up a Musculoskeletal Service but were afraid to ask!

This webinar describes how we set up the Telford Musculoskeletal Service, some of the problems we encountered along the way, and our solutions.

After winning a tender three years ago, the MSK Service was devised to be a single point-of-access for Rheumatology, Pain, Physio, Orthopaedics and musculoskeletal services in the NHS within Telford. The service is a Prime Vendor-type model with Shropshire Community Trust holding the main contract and sub-contracting to other NHS and Private providers in the locality.
We would like to thank Roche Products Limited and Chugai Pharma UK for supporting this webinar with an unrestricted independent grant. The pharmaceutical companies have had no editorial involvement in this webinar. Continue reading

First Contact Physiotherapy posts in General Practice: A guide for implementation

This new guidance, developed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy with the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners, provides practical help for GPs and commissioners looking to implement physiotherapy services in primary care. It sets out the benefits, the funding options and the practical considerations of implementing and evaluating First Contact Physiotherapy roles. Continue reading

Arthritis: The Impact on Daily Life

Arthritis Action released findings of a nation-wide questionnaire-based study they commissioned, of people of working age living with arthritis. The research found that arthritis is associated with significantly lower levels of life satisfaction than the UK national average, in a survey of 2,074 people in Great Britain.
The research, carried out by YouGov, examined the life impacts of arthritis on people of working age in Great Britain, and explored the effects the condition can have on personal well-being, life satisfaction, and mental health. Continue reading

Moving Forward – physiotherapy for musculoskeletal health and wellbeing

This review highlights evidence from the NIHR and others on why research in this area matters, assessment and matching patients to treatment, restoring musculoskeletal health and maintaining musculoskeletal wellbeing.

It features:
37 published studies
25 ongoing research projects
Questions to ask your physiotherapy musculoskeletal services Continue reading

Muscle and Bone Strengthening and Balance Activities Evidence Review

The PHE / Centre for Ageing Better commissioned evidence review on Muscle and Bone Strengthening and Balance Activities. Continue reading

Joint Pain Advisor: A new model of care for managing chronic knee, hip or back pain

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

Musculoskeletal Diseases Profile June Update

PHE have updated the Musculoskeletal Diseases profile today to include four new indicators and four updated time points for 2016/17.  Continue reading