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Report shows joint improvements in Scotland

Physios are supporting an ambitious programme to improve musculoskeletal services, a new report to the Scottish Government shows.

But they need to make themselves more visible, warns CSP member Sue Parroy, who worked on the Joint Effects 2011 report.

‘Physiotherapists must learn to demonstrate the value of their services,’ she said.

‘They also need to make their services, and all the details such as opening hours, easy to find on the internet. And they have to embrace technology.’

Joint Effects 2011 updates a 2005 scoping survey of allied health professionals – mainly physios, occupational therapists and podiatrists – as part of a national musculoskeletal redesign programme.

This aims to promote and share good practice in this area on the basis of three ‘quality ambitions’: to be safe, effective and person-centred.

The report notes ‘considerable developments in both services and practice’ since 2005.

For example, musculoskeletal patients have been involved in service development through focus groups and video diaries. Pre-assessment forms, screening tools and various methods of follow-up are also commonly used.

Self-referral for patients in Scotland is now widely available, as are drop-in clinics, evening appointments and education classes before joint-replacement surgery.

And the report notes increasing links to exercise for musculoskeletal patients in addition to better integration of work, health and leisure.

For a copy of Joint Effects 2011, email fraser.ferguson@nhs24.scot.nhs.uk

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