Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

Networks are a good way to work together across organisational boundaries to tackle complex problems. They are ideally suited to working on improving joined up MSK services, getting away from commissioning isolated services and ensuring there are clear pathways that work around the patient.

The exact nature of a network will depend on a range of factors including local priorities and people able and willing to engage and lead. There is no right or wrong way to organise, but the ARMA project aims to provide some tools to help you engage effectively and increase your impact. Joining the project will help you to influence locally and nationally and provide you with some support tools.

Networks benefit from diversity, bringing people together to work on areas of common interest as equals. The diversity brings creativity. ARMA has identified the 9 key groups which need to be engaged with MSK networks:

  1. Patient representatives – to provide experience of services and use this to inform improvement plans.
  2. Care coordinators – inform the network of any system issues, service gaps and referral issues.
  3. Primary and community care professionals – inform commissioners of any system issues, and training needs of primary care professionals, and provide expertise as and when required.
  4. Consultants and Secondary care clinicians – provide clinical leadership to other stakeholders, across the main MSK clinical areas, and work closely with the network Chair/ Coordinator.
  5. Allied Health Professionals – inform commissioners of any system issues, training needs of AHPs, and provide expertise as and when required.
  6. Social care professionals – to inform the network of any system issues, and provide expertise as and when required.
  7. CCG representatives – provide commissioning insight and gain knowledge from stakeholders to inform commissioning decisions.
  8. Local authority/ HWB representatives – to ensure that MSK care is fully integrated with social care.
  9. Public health representatives – has access to local health intelligence to inform commissioning decisions and service provision, as well as focusing on the prevention and broader public health agenda.

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