Arthritis Care’s innovative commissioned service with West Berkshire Commissioning Support Unit (CSU), covering four Clinical Commissioning Groups, has moved from a two-year pilot to a contracted service. The service enables individuals to make better informed decisions around if and when to undergo knee or hip replacement surgery.

Joe Smart, Transformation Lead from the CSU confirmed “a new contract has been agreed with Arthritis Care which offers excellent value for money and enables the charity to bring in additional resources to provide the service on a larger scale”.

The NHS has confirmed that the service saw 642 patients over two years, of which only 98 have gone on to have a surgical intervention within 24 months of receiving our service. The resulting 544 fewer surgical interventions over a two year period was credited with generating savings to the NHS of £2.6 million.

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