Musculoskeletal (MSK)

NHS RightCare data and evidence provides a set of resource to support systems to concentrate their improvement efforts where there is greatest opportunity to address variation and improve population health.

Data packs

NHS RightCare data packs are produced at system level. As many health conditions are linked to demographic factors such as deprivation and age, they compare systems to their closest demographically similar geographies. This information offers a triangulation of nationally-held data intended to help local systems ensure their plans focus on opportunities which have the potential to provide the greatest improvements.

The following NHS RightCare resources are available for musculoskeletal conditions:

National Priority Initiative – MSK

NHS RightCare has launched a National Priority Initiative for MSK with a focus on improving the diagnosis and treatment of back pain. Through this initiative, every local health system in England is required to implement the National Back Pain Pathway.

How to implement the National Back and Radicular Pain Pathway (NBRPP) – webinar with ARMA Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

This webinar, run with the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) explained the National Back and Radicular Pain Pathway (NBRPP) and presented data from early implementers to help make the case for change in other local areas. The physiotherapist who led the implementation of the NBRPP across Cheshire and Merseyside, as part of the Walton Centre Vanguard Project, spoke about experiences, common barriers to implementation and strategies to overcome them. The full webinar is now available to view and listen back to on ARMA’s YouTube account.

The NBRPP is the product of a unanimous consensus of 29 stakeholders based on best evidence. Its objectives are to provide a streamlined care pathway for radicular pain and an effective, managed pathway for patients with low back pain. Value impact analysis has indicated substantial cost savings in early implementation in the North East. The Pathway is demonstrating improved clinical results in patient clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Focus pack

Focus packs provide more detailed information and include a wider range of outcome measures and information on the most common procedures and diagnoses for the condition in question.

NHS RightCare Pathway

NHS RightCare Pathways aim to provide a set of resources to support systems to concentrate their improvement efforts on where there is greatest opportunity to address variation and improve population health.

NHS RightCare Scenario

Scenarios present a patient’s perspective of a sub-optimal and an optimal care journey. They aim to help commissioners and providers understand the implications – both in terms of quality of life and costs – of shifting the care pathway for a number of different conditions.

Case studies

Case studies are a way of sharing best practice through local examples of commissioning innovations which show the philosophy behind NHS RightCare or showcases the tools available through the programme.