Summary Points of MSK Partnership Group June 2024

Following the June 2024 meeting of the MSK Partnership Group, Andrew Emms, member of the PCRMM Executive Committee and Consultant Physiotherapist at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, provides a summary of the main points from the meeting.
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Following the June 2024 meeting of the MSK Partnership Group, Andrew Emms, member of the PCRMM Executive Committee and Consultant Physiotherapist at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, provides a summary of the main points from the meeting.

  • Membership of the group is growing. New members welcomed from Advanced Physiotherapy Practice Network, The Royal Osteoporosis Society and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Andy Bennet is stepping down as national MSK lead to focus his work on GIRFT projects

4 nations update

Northern Ireland

  • Work is ongoing to create a single digital patient record system
  • Mike Nesbitt has been appointed as Incumbent Health Minister
  • DOH have published their Health Inequalities report
  • Training budget cuts have resulted in workforce pressures. Lobbying ongoing.
  • Scoping how AHP’s can support primary care services.

Scotland

  • Health and Care Staffing Policy has been launched to address NHS staffing structure and training
  • CSP are lobbying about AHP workforce shortages
  • Various digital pilots are ongoing
  • Focus on sustainable health services
  • Advanced Practice framework is being developed

Wales

  • A multi-professional primary care capability framework is being finalised. Planned launch summer 2024
  • HEIW are developing supervisor standards for the above and developing training courses and an e-portfolio
  • It was suggested that the FSEM/PCRMM diploma may meet some of these learning needs

England

No representative

HQIP

  • A meeting has been held to discuss national MSK audit plans. 7 core areas of focus were identified (MSK assessment tool, FCP, Community Care Pathways, MSK triage, % of hospital admissions following MSK consultations, access to care and the environmental, social and economical value of MSK services)

2 key questions emerged:

  1. What are the main concerns, issues and variance in quality and outcomes
  2. What QIP’s would have the greatest impact

Digital MSK hub project paused due to General Election.

ARMA

  • Successful launch of Health inequalities report. Feedback has been very positive. The focus is now on increasing awareness.
  • Following a freedom of information request, 42 ICB’s have submitted their MSK priorities. The responses are being processed and analysed. So far, themes have been inconsistent across regions.
  • View to continue to push the MSK agenda at ICB level

Injection therapy (maintenance of) competency framework is being developed across the 4 nations. The next phase is a round-table consultation to collate and discuss the results of 300 clinician surveys on how they currently maintain their CPD.

The next meeting will be in September 2024.

Andrew Emms
Consultant Physiotherapist
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
June 2024