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Global burden of disease study

“Health policy across the world has ignored diseases which affect the quality of lives and independence of people living with them and focused on those with high mortality such on cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Now with people living longer it is time for priority to be placed on dealing with this enormous burden from arthritis, back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions to prevent unnecessary pain and disability and enable people to keep independent.’’

Professor Anthony Woolf, Chair of the Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) International Co-ordinating Council, from the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro The Global Burden of Disease study 2010, researched by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, is the first comprehensive study of the impact of all diseases and risk factors worldwide. The GBD data referring to the UK points to musculoskeletal conditions as being responsible for nearly one third of the entire national burden of disability.

Health Policy in the Media

Articles posted on external websites. Prioritising Musculoskeletal Disorders Click to read article

“By making musculoskeletal care a priority, the government and NHS can make significant savings in healthcare as well as for the economy. It is time to bring these conditions and the people who live with them to the forefront of health policy to enable better management and outcomes as well as much-needed financial savings.’’

In November 2012, Vicky Chamberlain of the Royal College of Nursing Rheumatology Forum published an article titled “Prioritising musculoskeletal disorders makes economic sense,” in which she advocates a coordinatation of musculoskeletal care to help the NHS make significant savings. The Real Challenges Facing the NHS

Musculoskeletal disorders are very broad and do not always fit neatly into our current, biomedically-dominated approach to delivering, and measuring outcomes in, healthcare. They are often complex, are associated with many co-morbidities and many of them tend to fluctuate.

Federico Moscogiuri and GP Dr Tom Margham, lead for primary care at Arthritis Research UK, co-author an article in GP Online which interprets the findings of the Global Burden of Disease report. Musculoskeltal disorders can be managed effectively in primary care Click to read gponline article

Early diagnosis, prompt referral and specialist intervention is essential for some inflammatory forms of arthritis, for example rheumatoid arthritis. But many people with MSDs, the vast majority of whom have osteoarthritis, can be managed effectively in primary care, if the care they receive includes a strong element of self-management and support to remain independent.

Dr Alan Nye and Federico Moscogiuri, our director, co-authored this article on shared-decision making, spending variation and consultant-led pathways. It was published in gponline.com. Is back, neck and muscle pain hurting the UK economy? Click to read BBC article

Almost 31 million days of work were lost in 2013 due to back, neck and muscle problems, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Labour Force Survey found that musculoskeletal conditions accounted for more prolonged absences than any other ailment.

This research from the ONS highlights the enormous impact of MSK disorders on work, and by extension the UK economy. Read the accompanying article by the BBC Business reporter, Joe Miller.

The Health and Social Care Network

Click to read National Voices article

Every time you get people in health to talk about the big issues facing the sector, you can be sure that the issue of joined-up working and joined-up care will come up. And when you start talking about joined-up working, you’re not far from talking about networks.

Read this post by ARMA’s Federico Moscogiuri on the National Voices website.

Health Policy Presentations

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“How do we get policy makers to take musculoskeletal health and conditions seriously?”

This chart is taken from a fascinating, illustrative document by Professor Anthony D Woolf, of the Bone and Joint Decade.


Building Healthcare Systems

Muir Gray’s powerpoint presentation suppied by “Better Value Healthcare”  http://www.bvhc.co.uk/



Recent Health Policy Posts

The following are a selection of ARMA members’ posts from the last few months of our arthritis news feed that have been categorised as relating to Health Policy.

Guest blog: Social prescribing – connecting people with communities 29/09/2019 - by Simon Chapman, Deputy Director, Personalised Care Group, NHS England. Twelve years ago I was working for a charity just north of Kings Cross. My office looked out on a derelict area of forgotten buildings and toxic land. Over the next 10 years, things gradually changed as the infrastructure was renewed: old buildings were renovated… ...
How can we ensure general practice is fit for the future? 28/08/2019 - by Duleep Allirajah, Assistant Director of Policy and Campaigns, RCGP As any patient who struggled to book a GP appointment will know only too well, general practice in the UK is under immense strain. Demand for appointments is rising and GPs are seeing more patients with complex needs. At the same time, practices are closing,… ...
Putting musculoskeletal conditions in the NHS health check at 40? 27/08/2019 - Following initial policy direction in the Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s green paper in July, on Friday 16 August the Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock announced an evidence-based review into the NHS Health Check service. Alongside suggestions that checks are personalised in future, the review will consider ‘increasing the range of advice… ...
Government proposals on prevention: what they mean for people with arthritis 30/07/2019 - by Laura Boothman, Senior Policy Manager, Versus Arthritis The Government is inviting views on how we can live longer, healthier lives. There are some positive proposals for people with arthritis – but Versus Arthritis will continue to demand more action to help people look after their musculoskeletal health.  In 2018, the Government set a mission… ...
Prevention in the 2020s: what it means for axial SpA 30/07/2019 - by Jill Hamilton, Professional Engagement Manager, National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society On 22 July 2019, the government quietly published their green paper Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s. There has been a lot of commentary in the media, although it has been hugely overshadowed by activity in Westminster and the appointment of a new Prime… ...
Driving forward social prescribing: A framework for Allied Health Professionals 25/07/2019 - This new resource looks at how Allied Health Professionals can be involved with social prescribing, not just AHPs who work in the NHS but also those in private practice. The framework sets out four ways AHPs can engage with social prescribing, from active signposting, to involvement in the development of social prescribing and gives examples… ...
ARMA responds to the Government’s Prevention Green Paper 11/07/2019 - 23 July 2019 The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance, an alliance of prominent health charities, professional and research bodies, welcomed the publication of the Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s consultation document from the UK Government. The Green Paper recognises that for the last 30 years, problems with joints, bones and muscles have been the… ...
Mental health and MSK: why equal health is everyone’s business 28/06/2019 - Guest blog by Andy Bell, Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health Having a musculoskeletal condition increases your risk of having a mental health problem, and people with a mental health condition are more likely to have a range of MSK problems. Yet the way services for both are organised and the ways professionals in… ...
See the rest of our ARMA members’ posts tagged with ‘health policy’.