The projects and supporting activities of the Musculoskeletal/Staff Health programme are described below.
This project is focused on promoting and supporting the implementation of ESCAPE-pain for osteoarthritis across South London and beyond. ESCAPE-pain is a NICE-endorsed rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain which integrates self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant.
In February 2015 we brought together public sector managers and clinicians, and partners from industry, at a mind and body staff health conference with Dame Carol Black and Earl Howe adding a national policy perspective.
It is estimated that between 20 and 30 % of consultations in primary care are for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions; however many GPs have had little or no formal training in how to assess or manage these problems.
The project is to assess the feasibility of establishing a healthcare professional role in primary care (an OA Advisor) whose role is to improve the care of people with OA and chronic joint pain.