Joint Pain Advice

Innovation Type: Care Model


Innovation Origin: NHS Innovator Accelerator (NIA)

A service which delivers core NICE advice via a range of professionals to teach people how to self-manage long-term joint pain

Joint Pain Advice (JPA) is a safe and cost-effective alternative to GP consultations. The service involves a series of face-to-face consultations, delivered by an ‘Advisor’ who works collaboratively with people with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis and/or back pain, focussing on supporting self-management.

People attend up to four 30-minute 1:1 consultations over six months. In the consultations, the patients will work closely with an Advisor to identify unhealthy lifestyles and barriers to change, and develop agreed goals and action plans. Simple outcomes (pain, function, physical activity level) are measured at each consultation.

A wide range of professionals (allied health professionals, health trainers/advisors, social prescribers, outreach workers, community pharmacists, occupational health staff, care home staff) can be trained to deliver JPA, so that it supplements their roles rather than creating an additional role. It is delivered in a range of settings (primary care, community settings, people’s homes, workplaces), increasing accessibility and reach.

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