Event brings together leading Musculoskeletal experts to improve the delivery of patient services in the UK
Healthcare professionals were invited to a London event earlier this month, to learn, network and share challenges regarding musculoskeletal conditions (MSK), which are responsible for 30.8million lost working days in the UK every year.
Kingston and St George’s University of London and Connect Health, the UK’s largest independent provider of integrated community MSK services, organised the event for MSK, pain and rheumatology commissioners/professionals to help them plan and deliver effective services to their local population.
It took place at the magnificent London Stadium, Olympic Park. Moving Forward showcased evidence-based MSK pathways, helping delegates to understand the changing commissioning landscape and the impact of Primary Care Networks and Integrated Care Systems on delivering the components of the Long Term Plan associated with MSK prevention and care. Attendees debated the challenges of developing MSK services to meet the needs of patients and taxpayers and heard about potential solutions experienced by organisations who have done it.
With more than one in four people in the UK living with an MSK condition, the significant impact of them is often underestimated. They are the single biggest cause of disability in the UK, and often have profound personal and societal implications.
Matt Zasada, Senior Lecturer in Rehabilitation Sciences, Kingston University and St George’s University of London said
“This event brought together the best evidence and the lessons learnt on the front line, giving the audience the very best in how to commission evidence-based MSK pathways. Feedback from all speakers and indeed the audience was very positive, and it was incredible to see such a consistent message and vision for the future”
Paul Allan, Director of NHS Services, Connect Health and Chair of the event added:
“Every year 30.8m working days are lost due to musculoskeletal conditions, costing the NHS £4.76 billion annually*, making it the second leading cause of sickness absence and the third largest area of NHS spending.
It was excellent to have the opportunity of bringing together healthcare professionals from across the country to help them to listen and debate the best approaches in the delivery of high quality, responsive integrated community MSK services and improve the experience for patients, taxpayers and colleagues.”
The comprehensive programme on the day included keynotes from:
- Dr Ian Bernstein, Clinical Lead for MSK Transformation, NW London Health and Care Partnership Musculoskeletal Physician, Connect Health
- Prof David Beard, Professor of Musculoskeletal and Surgical Science, Nuffield Dept of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford
- Matt Zasada and Dave Rees, Senior Lecturers in Rehabilitation Sciences, FHSCE, Kingston University and St George’s University of London
- Danielle Chulan, Deputy Director of NHS Services, Connect Health.
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A further event will also take place in Leeds on 28 November, in partnership with Teesside University and Leeds Beckett University with a slightly amended speaker roster to include local professionals.
*Source: State of Musculoskeletal Health 2018, Versus Arthritis
About Connect Health
Connect Health is the largest, independent provider of integrated community MSK (musculoskeletal) services (including orthopaedics, pain, rheumatology and Occupational Health) in the UK, serving over 350k NHS patients pa across 26 CCGs and 100+ businesses. Connect effectively and efficiently delivers care in a lower cost community setting, transforming services around specific quality and financial objectives and dramatically reducing waiting times and improving access to treatment. For more information please visit www.connecthealth.co.uk
Kingston University and St George’s University of London
Kingston and St George’s ranks as top in London for Rehabilitation Sciences. It has a long running reputation with a holistic approach to rehabilitation sciences disciplines. Over 80 practice partner businesses from the public and private sector help shape our courses. They include NHS trusts in south west London as well as voluntary sector partners. https://www.healthcare.ac.uk/