Arthritis Research UK has launched a new report on care planning and the impact it could have on people living with musculoskeletal conditions in the UK.
Many people live with the painful and fluctuating symptoms of arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions for decades. Musculoskeletal health is an important contributor to overall health and wellbeing, and symptoms including limited mobility and pain exacerbate the impact of other long-term conditions.
Care planning can enable people to self-manage their condition, and to identify actions they can take to improve their own health. Despite the NHS commitment to offer everybody with a long-term condition a personalised care plan, we found that just 12% of people with a musculoskeletal condition currently have one.
This report calls for:
- Systems to deliver care planning to be designed to include those with musculoskeletal conditions and to identify and address musculoskeletal needs in patients with any long-term condition.
- Professional bodies to ensure that the continued training of healthcare professionals involved in care planning includes core musculoskeletal skills.
Read the Press Release for the new report.
Arthritis Research UK’s policy and public affairs team is working to ensure that government policy meets the needs of people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.