Rheumatology physios win outstanding practice award

A British Society of Rheumatology (BSR) award has gone to a multidisciplinary team which included physiotherapists.


The rheumatology team from Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust

The musculoskeletal research facilitation group, from Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent NHS Trust, received an outstanding clinical practice award at the BSR 2016 Best Practice Awards in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Health.

It was awarded in recognition of the team’s success in turning best research evidence into clinical care for musculoskeletal (MSK) patients.

The team collaborates with researchers from Keele University’s research institute for primary care and health sciences to review scientific evidence and implement it into clinical practice.

Consultant physiotherapist Kay Stevenson told Frontline: ‘We started with one core group that met at Keele University every three months and we now have up to 30 physios and another five groups meeting across Shropshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

‘All of our groups use a CAT (critically appraised topic) methodology. Clinicians identify key clinical questions that they want to explore and we then search for and appraise the very best evidence. This is turned into clinical recommendations.’

As well as physios, the team includes occupational therapists, researchers, librarians, systematic reviewers, nurses and a rheumatologist.


Meanwhile, the Health Innovation Network, the academic health science network for south London, received the BSR best practice award for its ESCAPE Pain (Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain through Exercise) programme.

ESCAPE Pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with knee and hip pain. It was set up in 2014 and aims to improve the self-management of conditions through exercise. Since its launch the project has involved physiotherapists.

Professor Mike Hurley, clinical director at the Health Innovation Network said: ‘It’s a great honour to receive one of these awards and have the programme recognised in this way.

‘We hope it will encourage more physiotherapists and clinical departments to adopt the programme so more people can benefit.’

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