General practice payments increase 5.9% in Scotland in 2016-17

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Musculoskeletal treatment ‘return on investment’ tool issued for local commissioners

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  • General practice payments increase 5.9% in Scotland in 2016-17

    General practice payments increase 5.9% in Scotland in 2016-17

    Monday, 13 November 2017 10:32
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    MDU set to halve GP indemnity cover fees

    Friday, 20 October 2017 09:27
  • Musculoskeletal treatment ‘return on investment’ tool issued for local commissioners

    Musculoskeletal treatment ‘return on investment’ tool issued for local commissioners

    Friday, 13 October 2017 10:07
  • NHS England to provide £10m for out-of-hours GP indemnity costs

    NHS England to provide £10m for out-of-hours GP indemnity costs

    Wednesday, 04 October 2017 16:56

a man back pain imageOctober 13 2017

Public Health England has issued a tool to calculate the return on investment of interventions for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.

 The tool is intended to help determine the best approach to managing MSK conditions within a local community. “RoI assessments can be made at local authority, clinical commissioning group, or sustainability and transformation partnerships level, helping commissioners make the economic case for prevention,” says PHE.

The York Health Economics consortium has developed the tool, which assesses the different approaches to addressing MSK, through a literature review and in consultation with an expert steering group. Among the potential models to be used are:

  • ESCAPE-pain, an exercise-based rehabilitation program for knee pain, which would return £5.20 in healthcare savings for every £1 spent;
  • cognitive behavioural therapy including exercise for back pain, which would see £7.52 in both healthcare savings and quality of life year gains returned for every £1 spent;
  • vocational advice from physiotherapists in primary care for all MSK conditions, which would return £11.14 in healthcare savings, quality of life year and productivity gains for every £1 spent.

PHE’s ‘Health Profile for England’ notes that low back and neck pain is the leading cause of morbidity, with an impact three times bigger than the second place condition, skin diseases. It is behind 40% of all days lost due to sickness, with 9.5 million sick days claimed because of MSK conditions. Some 33% of long-term sickness absence in England is due to MSK conditions, said PHE.

Links:
PHE announcement         
PHE ‘Musculoskeletal conditions: return on investment tool’ guidance   

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