29 June 2017
In February 2017 and in partnership with Islington CCG and 3 Islington GP practices, we have launched a Musculoskeletal (MSK) service pilot based on the MSK First Contact Practitioner model. These pilot ties in with NHS Englandís commitment to expanding Physiotherapy in GP practices, with the longer term aim of improving Primary Care Provision, whilst addressing the problem of capacity within General Practice. The pilot involves providing a complex MSK service which is run by Advance Practice Physiotherapists (APP) who will provide direct access to MSK services for patients who might have otherwise seen their GP for their MSK problem. The Advance Practice Physiotherapists have the right skill set and expertise to provide a solution for patients presenting with MSK issues. They can order investigations, provide corticosteroid injections and prescribe painkillers as well as assess and diagnose MSK problems. The pilot also includes an MSK physiotherapy service from within the GP practices. The aim of the pilot is to free up GP time from managing MSK problems, as well as seeing patients closer to home and providing timely access to MSK advice and treatment to help speed up recovery and prevent chronicity. A secondary aim of the pilot is also to reduce unnecessary referrals in to secondary care.
Our new website launched in June 2017 with new patient self management videos and leaflets for patients and GPís to download. Please share our webpage address to help more people access the support they need to look after themselves.
We are in the process of setting up an exercise group for patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis (an inflammatory type of back pain) in association with NASS (National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society). It will be called NASS Haringey and Islington, there will be information on our website and the NASS website by the autumn this year. Their website is http://www.nass.co.uk/.
We are piloting a new way of seeing our back and neck pain patients in physiotherapy, which will begin with an education session to help everyone access information to help themselves get better as soon as possible. We are following the latest NICE guidance published last year for low back pain (www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng59).
The new and free escape pain app is available for all patients with chronic hip or knee pain who want to begin exercising. It is an excellent app and lots of research supports this programme as a great way for getting more active with hip and knee pain.