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.
Patients were reviewed at 3 weeks, 6 weeks and 6 month intervals. Over 500 patients used this service and reported less pain, better function and higher activity levels. results included reduced BMI, body weight and waist circumference, fewer GP consultations, investigations and onward referrals.
The Joint Pain Advisors role has been enthusiastically accepted and is a more effective, efficient and sustainable way to deliver care.