Enabling Self-management
and Coping with Arthritic Pain
using Exercise

Other Innovations

 

Joint Pain Advisor

A new model of care for chronic joint pain.

 

Recognised by NICE as an excellent example of how NICE guidance and standards are being put into practice, our JPA model of care is a safe and cost effective alternative to GP consultations. Involving a series of face-to-face consultations, Advisors work collaboratively with people with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis and/or back pain, focusing on supporting self-management.

Using behavioural change techniques Advisors work with individuals to discuss their lifestyle, challenges and goals, and begin to alter people’s health beliefs about joint pain and impact on healthy behaviour and lifestyles. They jointly develop a care plan which includes tailored advice and support based on NICE guidelines e.g.:

  • Increasing physical activity
  • Promoting weight loss
  • Effective pain management
  • Exercises (strength & balance)
  • Social prescribing and sign-posing to appropriate services (community exercise groups, physiotherapy, pharmacists for pain management advice, weight management groups, smoking cessation, mental health support)

 

Impact

 

Evaluation shows improvements in clinical outcomes for people who have access to a Joint Pain Advisor e.g. reduction in pain, increase in function and ability to carry out activities of daily living, improvements in mental wellbeing as well as fewer GP consultations and reduction in referrals to diagnostics. 

 

For related resources, news and blogs and to watch our patient film please see here.

 

For further information please contact Fay Sibley, Deputy Clinical Director for MSK services at the Health Innovation Network.