• Arthritis Research UK Manifesto: Our manifesto has now been published, and we are meeting MPs to ask them to become arthritis champions. So far we have a 100% success rate, with politicians really keen to engage.We will continue to meet with MPs and candidates at party conferences, before making the manifesto the theme of our parliamentary reception on 15 October. For more information please contact Michael: m.watson@arthritisresearchuk.org

 

  • M-PROM – Second phase: We are delighted to announce that we are working in partnership with NHS England to co-fund the piloting of the M-PROM within the NHS. As people with musculoskeletal conditions are treated as inpatients, outpatients and in community settings, the work will seek to understand how the M-PROM can be used in these settings, by people with different musculoskeletal conditions, and the value brought by using it.This phase of the work will address clinical pathways for orthopaedic surgery, physiotherapy, and early inflammatory arthritis, and a fourth strand will look at the implementation of the M‑PROM across a whole health economy as part of commissioning. The work on the second phase will continue to be led by the research teams at Oxford University and the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele. For more information please contact Einan e.snir@arthritisresearchuk.org

 

  • Ongoing projects: Our report on care planning for people with musculoskeletal conditions is being finalised following external review; We are continuing to working with Imperial College London to develop the MSK calculator tool providing health planners with accurate and up-to-date musculoskeletal health data estimates of the number of people in England with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, disabling back pain and high risk fragility fractures; We have commissioned an audit of the musculoskeletal content of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Health and Wellbeing Strategies (HWBS) across England. Please let us know if you would like a more detailed update on these projects.

 

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