A new guide compiled by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network showcases the extensive range of programmes being delivered by AHSNs to improve clinical services in the areas of musculoskeletal (MSK), falls, fractures and frailty – all key priorities for the NHS.
Across England’s 15 AHSNs there is a wealth of experience and practical skills in working with NHS organisations to improve services in these clinical pathways. Evaluations have shown that they have led to improved patient outcomes and better use of resources.
The new guide, compiled by Alison Gowdy, Clinical Innovation Adoption Manager at Oxford AHSN, with input from all AHSNs, provides a valuable overview of these projects.
MSK, falls, fractures and frailty have a major detrimental impact on patients, families and carers, and are a significant cost to the NHS. With a growing and ageing population, health and social care services need to be proactive in their response to this challenge. Whilst many different clinical pathways and services are provided to manage these four problems, there are clear links between them.
It is hoped the guide will help shape discussions with Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs), commissioners and providers regarding future work to improve services and patient outcomes in these areas, while enabling others to share in learning to help implement and/or build on an existing, proven concept.