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
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.
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.
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.
In 2008 NICE estimated the cost to the NHS of back pain management was £2.1 billion, or just over £12 million for the average CCG of 300,000 people. In 2013 back pain was responsible for 11% of the total disability in the UK. The NICE guidance published in 2009 in general was not implemented.
The National Back Pain and Radicular Pain Pathway is the product of a unanimous consensus of 29 stakeholders based on best evidence. Its objectives are to provide a streamlined care pathway for radicular pain, and most importantly an effective, managed pathway for patients with low back pain.
The webinar, was led by Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and explored how direct access to physiotherapy can improve patient care, save the NHS money and address the GP workforce crisis.
The learning objectives from the webinar are:
· Develop an understanding of the benefits of direct access physiotherapy and how to measure them
· Learn how to use the Physiotherapy Cost Calculator to access the cost savings in primary care
· Gain an awareness of the commissioning options for direct access physiotherapy.