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  • The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) is the umbrella body for the arthritis and musculoskeletal community in the UK, and our mission is to transform the quality of life of people with musculoskeletal conditions. We have 33 member organisations ranging from specialised support groups for rare diseases to major research charities and national professional bodies.

Tag: chiropractic

NASS was delighted to launch the NASS Allies referral template, in conjunction with the Institute of Osteopathy and Royal College of Chiropractors, at the Primary Care and Public Health Conference on 15 and 16 May. The template was developed to help chiropractors and osteopaths in recommending referral for patients with suspected inflammatory back pain to rheumatology.

The template has been endorsed by the Royal College of GPs and Chartered Society for Physiotherapy. NASS is grateful to both the Institute of Osteopathy and Royal College of Chiropractors for their continued collaboration and wonderfully patient-centred approach.

Save Our Pools

NASS is working with a number of organisations, including several ARMA members, on developing a campaign to sustain and in some cases, save, hydrotherapy pools around the country. If you are interested in being involved, please email jill@nass.co.uk. Please also sign and share the petition to save the pool at Bedford Hospital.

 

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has appointed chiropractor Peter Dixon as a Fellow.

This Fellowship is for experienced leaders in health and social care to become ambassadors for NICE and to help promote high quality care by developing new ways of working across the care sector.

Peter, who is currently a Director at the Society for promoting Chiropractic Education and President of the Royal College of Chiropractors, is a practising chiropractor who has held a range of senior leadership positions in chiropractic including Chair of the UK’s statutory regulator, the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and as President of the British Chiropractic Council and the European Chiropractors’ Union.  He was a member of the guideline development committee for the first NICE guidance on Low Back Pain.

Peter Dixon said:

“It’s a great honour and a wonderful opportunity to be appointed as a Fellow of NICE. I am dedicated to promoting the highest standards of education and professionalism within the Chiropractic profession and in musculoskeletal practice generally. I look forward to championing the valuable work of NICE and the role that chiropractic can play in contributing to the development of new ways of working that make full use of the evidence-based skills and competencies of all practitioners that form part of the primary care workforce.”

 

Guest blog by Satjit Singh, Chief Executive, Society for Promoting Chiropractic Education

It is great that most of us will live to an age that our parents could never imagine. Better living standards, improved public health and an NHS accessible to all, have all helped.

This is excellent, but living longer means that we are likely to be working longer. It also means that for us to enjoy that longevity, we need to live active, fulfilling lives. Too many of the population are afflicted by ‘aches and pains’, mainly back and neck, i.e. musculoskeletal. This not only has physical implications, but like so many chronic problems, has effects on mental health too.

Musculoskeletal problems are responsible for 30% of visits to a GP 1 and have an enormous impact on the quality of life of millions of people in the UK; 10.8 million working days are lost as a consequence of musculoskeletal conditions1. Our healthcare sector, already under so much strain, has to cope with the burden of an increasing number of people presenting with MSK issues; our economy certainly cannot afford to lose so many man-days.

Not only are we faced with an increasing MSK burden, we also lack the healthcare resources to deal with it. NICE recommends manipulation as part of the package of care to deal with this; however, regulated manipulative therapists, comprising mainly chiropractors, osteopaths and some physiotherapists, are nowhere near what the country needs. We only have 3,000 chiropractors, 5,000 osteopaths and some 1,100 physiotherapists who are members of the MACP 2, trained to undertake manipulation. We need more, many more. Not only do we have an ageing population, our health workforce is ageing too. We have seen the consequences of that amongst GPs; other professions are also not immune! The ability to access a ready pool of healthcare professionals from Europe, will reduce significantly, post-Brexit.

Looking around at the chiropractic profession, I saw that there were only three universities in the UK offering chiropractic degrees. Many schools in the country were not even aware of the profession, to make it available as a choice to their A-level students. Given the current rates of growth in the UK profession, it would take over a century to achieve current rates of chiropractor access in Canada or Denmark.

That is why The Society for Promoting Chiropractic Education was established last year. Launched by George Freeman MP, former Life Sciences Minister and Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board, it aims to encourage school leavers to consider a career in chiropractic; whilst simultaneously working with universities to offer chiropractic degree programmes.

London South Bank University has launched a new four-year masters course in chiropractic and students will start their course in Autumn 2018. What is especially important, is that students will learn in multi-professional settings alongside others studying physiotherapy, nursing and occupational health. This will ensure that future graduates understand how they fit into the wider health landscape. Other programmes are planned in poorly served geographical locations.

Our aim is to work towards a situation where healthcare professionals practising manipulation become part of direct access arrangements within GP practices. For that to happen, we need more of them.

References

  1. https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/ltc-op-eolc/ltc-eolc/our-work-on-long-term-conditions/si-areas/musculoskeletal/
  2. https://macpweb.org/home/index.php?p=366

The British Chiropractic Association would like to draw your attention to two items of news:

1) We have our Spring Conference coming up on 11 March 2017 at the Radisson Blu Heathrow.
The theme is: “Lifting the lid on the mysterious workings of the brain….”

For info and booking visit here.

Those speaking include:

Matthew Antonucci, Chiropractic Neurologist, ReceptorBased® Rehabilitation Specialist, Educator and Researcher;
Stephanie Fairhurst, Psychological Skills Mentor at Chimp Management Ltd;
Joanne Harrison, Solicitor – Healthcare, Professional Discipline & Regulation, Weightmans;
Inger Roug, Chiropractic Radiologist at AECC;
Joe-James Tilley, founder of Core Wellness Centres, dedicated to changing the way people eat, think, move and function;
Manuela Fontebasso, Headache Specialist, Headache Educational Facilitator and author;
Andrew Rowe, Chiropractor in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

2) Our CEO, Satjit Singh, is leaving the BCA at the end of April 2017. We will recruiting his successor soon.