Musculoskeletal core offer
for Local NHS plans
The impact of musculoskeletal ill-health on individuals, NHS and the economy is widely recognised including in the NHS Long Term Plan: “Longer-term health conditions also make an increasing contribution to the overall burden of disease. Mental health, respiratory and musculoskeletal conditions are responsible for a substantial amount of poor health and place a substantial burden on the NHS and other care services.”
Effectively addressing musculoskeletal conditions will therefore be important in delivering on the ambition of the long-term plan. ARMA’s Core Offer document aims to help those developing local NHS plans to understand what’s needed to deliver evidence-based, cost-effective services for good MSK population health, and to help those looking to improve services
The MSK Webinar Series:
ARMA webinars are delivered in partnership with NHS England and aim to spread good practice and innovation to support improvements in the lives of people with MSK conditions.
Aimed at a multidisciplinary audience, they include good practice, service design and showcase innovation. Our webinars are usually delivered by people who have themselves implemented improvements, giving us a chance to ask advice from those who have experienced the challenges.
Topics are varied: from how to implement the national back pain pathway or how to set up an MSK service to how to support patients with MSK conditions to be more active.
Pain is something which is common to most musculoskeletal conditions. Pain is important to people with MSK conditions and to our members. In 2019 we supported a report on professional and patient experiences of pain services, and held a roundtable on chronic pain.
Musculoskeletal Conditions and Mental Health – Policy Position Paper
- 35.2% of all working aged disabled people in the UK experience musculoskeletal conditions only;
- 20.2% experience mental health conditions only;
- and 17.2% experience both.
In policy directives and in practice, these conditions are often dealt with separately, although we are beginning to see some change now. The reality for people is that there is a relationship between their mental health and musculoskeletal conditions. However, the delivery of care for people is still often built around the individual conditions, rather than the way the person experiences them.
Please take the time to read our Policy Position Paper: Musculoskeletal and Mental Health document.
The MSK Knowledge Hub is a searchable resource library for those working to support people with musculoskeletal conditions.
Part of the partnership between ARMA and NHS England, the Hub will allow the MSK community to debate innovative ideas and good practice, share resources, network and celebrate success. This knowledge base is aimed at professionals, not patients, and is free for anyone to search.
- If you have musculoskeletal-related articles or documents you’d like to share – and they meet our criteria – please register with the Hub and then ‘Submit a Resource’.
- Once registered you can also access the interactive MSK Forum enabling people to discuss and share views.
Musculoskeletal Core Capabilities Framework
This is a new framework (launched 31/07/2018) aimed at practitioners who will be the first point of contact for adults presenting with undiagnosed MSK conditions.
The Musculoskeletal Core Capabilities Framework sets out the essential skills and knowledge necessary for staff with a role as a first point of contact in different types of service provision and settings, and will provide healthcare services with clear steps and actions to support local health economies, improving service delivery and patient outcomes.Read more about the
Supported Self-Management – Policy Position Paper
ARMA policy teams and CEOs have collaborated to agree a Policy Position Paper on Supported Self-Management for People with Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions. The Policy Position Paper sets out recommendations for change.
The evidence identifies the importance of patients as partners in their own care. While people with musculoskeletal conditions can play a pivotal role in their condition, most are simply unaware of the difference they can make. That’s why the Alliance believes people should be supported to take a proactive role in their health, to live well, feeling confident and in control of their condition with supported self-management. Currently, supported self-management sits at the side-lines yet it works – it improves quality of life and clinical outcomes. In the paper, recommendations include a whole system, integrated approach across the care pathway, joining up public health messaging and clinical care.
Please take the time to read our Supported Self-Management for People with Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions document.
ARMA welcomes Government roadmap for work and health, but emphasises need for rapid progress
The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance welcomed the announcement today of Improving Lives: the future of work, health and disability, but emphasises the need for fast progress for people with musculoskeletal conditions. Improving Lives sets out plans to transform employment prospects for disabled people and those with long term health conditions over the next 10 years.
Conditions of the bones, joints muscles – musculoskeletal conditions – are the leading cause of people’s inability to work and disability in the UK. Less than two-thirds of working age people with a musculoskeletal condition are in work.
Sue Brown, chief executive of ARMA said, “I very much welcome the Government’s firm recognition of the need to address musculoskeletal conditions and work. We look forward to working closely with Government to ensure the details are right, but it’s vital that there is rapid progress if we are to curb the growing impact of musculoskeletal conditions on people’s working lives.
“The specific proposals in the document for a Challenge Fund need to ensure that musculoskeletal conditions are a high priority in their activity.”
Public Health England’s Active 10
Over 6.3 million adults aged 40 to 60 do not achieve 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking over the course of a month and are missing out on important health benefits.
The new One You physical activity campaign is encouraging adults to build 10 minutes continuous brisk walking into their day as a simple way to improve their health, which could save the NHS over £0.9 billion per year.
Read the evidence reviewed by Public Health England and learn about the Active 10 app.
Policy Position Paper on Prevention
of Musculoskeletal Conditions
ARMA highlights a need for transformation so that Care and Public Health systems go beyond merely tackling musculoskeletal conditions when they arise, to promoting good, lifelong musculoskeletal health.
Policy Position Paper on Joint Replacement Surgery
The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance is extremely concerned about increasing restrictions to access NHS services for joint replacements and the impact on people with musculoskeletal conditions.
Musculoskeletal toolkit launched to help employers support people with musculoskeletal conditions
ARMA worked with Public Health England and Business in the Community to develop a new toolkit for employers in the workplace, which launched at the Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference in the NEC today (7 March 2017). Musculoskeletal conditions are an important consideration for businesses as they are a leading cause of pain and disability in the UK, affecting many employees.
The toolkit draws together information for employers to support staff in the prevention, early identification, management and adaptation for people affected by musculoskeletal conditions. The musculoskeletal toolkit is a simple step-by-step guide dealing with back, neck, muscle and joint pain at work. It will help employers access the best free resources that are available for their organisation and employees.
You can access the toolkit from the Business in the Community website.
ARMA is the alliance providing a collective voice for the arthritis and musculoskeletal community in the UK.
Together, ARMA and its member organisations work to improve quality of life for all those living with musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders in the UK.
We aim to foster co-operation between charities and professional organisations, working to enhance understanding and mutual support between individuals and organisational bodies.