The latest news from our Patient Partners
Recently our patient partners met at Stamner House to reflect on some of the innovative work tey have been doing and will be sharing some of their work at our up and coming SMSKP Conference. Jenny Preece, Jane Watts and Iris Keppler will be sharing with staff how it feels to be a patient partner. We would also like to take this opportunity to share some of the other amazing work that the patient partners have been involved in. Lindsay Whittaker and Lesley Preece are currently working on what being a patient partner involves and developing role descriptions and person specifications using the learning they have gathered from the last years worth of work. This is a key peice of work that will help staff and patients work together well. Lindsay is also involved in the redesign work of the fibromyalgia service. Having patients at the heart of this work enables us to create systems that truly meet the needs of the people they serve. Lesley and Cherry White are also helping to support the pain pathway redesign work. Another of our patient partners, Norman Webster, is a member of our Clinical Quality Group. This group is a key part […]
Service Leadership Recognised for Innovative Work
Sussex MSK Partnership Deputy Managing Director, Natalie Blunt and Patient Director, David Gilbert have been nominated for the KSS leadership awards. The event is an opportunity to open a discussion about working in Communities of Practice. KSS celebrate innovative and transformative project in the health and care systems. The nominations recognise the transformative work that Natalie and David have been doing across the MSK service, which aims to put patients in control of their health journeys. David has been nominated for the Patient and Carer Partners Network – Ley Engagement Award for his work with Patient Partners in Sussex MSK Central. We asked David what this nomination means in regards to his work. “Traditional ways of involving patients – merely as feedback fodder for reports that gather dust on the shelf, or so-called ‘representatives’ slotted into institutionally rigid committee structures – are not fit for purpose, have little impact, waste money and preserve the status quo. If we want to focus on what matters, or enable patients to be more in control, we need to mirror that with opportunities for patients to be at the decision making table. To have real power and influence. I am delighted that the role of […]
Are you a GP who refers to SMSKP?
A key aspect of moving the MSK service forwards is to support the day to day working of GPs and improve the way we support primary care with appropriate resources and education as well as improving our communication and relationships with primary care. We have a wealth of ideas and ambition which we hope to put to good use but would like to hear more about your experiences and what sort of support with education we can provide. We have created a survey for GP’s working in Brighton, Crawley, Horsham and Mid-Sussex. If you refer your patients into the Sussex MSK Partnership then we would like to hear from you. The survey shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete and is a chance to share your views on how you find using the service, whether you’re satisfied with communication, and if you have any preferences for future educational events. This is really important to us as without this input we are not able to shape our service around what is needed most. Click here to take the survey If you are a patient and would like to share your feedback then please share your feedback with us here
Council Chairman Christian Mitchell to open new facilities at Horsham Hospital
The musculoskeletal (MSK) department at Horsham Hospital has been improved so that patients can see a wider range of specialists and be diagnosed and treated more quickly and closer to home. The service treats people with a wide range of muscle, bone and joint conditions, such as arthritis, back pain and sports injuries. 15 new treatment rooms have been opened and the seven existing rooms, waiting areas and facilities have been refurbished. The improvements mean that patients can see a wide range of specialist doctors and therapists and where possible can receive scans all in one visit. This reduces the need for repeat visits and means patients can be diagnosed and begin treatment sooner. A new rheumatology infusion suite opening later in the year also means that local people will no longer need to travel to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill for their treatment. The hydrotherapy pool has also been improved, providing aquatic physiotherapy, and the gym has been refitted. The Sussex MSK Partnership runs all the NHS MSK services across central Sussex. This significant investment and refurbishment of the Horsham clinic is a key part of their plans to radically improve MSK care for all patients with better, quicker […]
New facilities at Crawley Hospital offer better care for patients with muscle, bone and joint problems
The musculoskeletal (MSK) department at Crawley Hospital has been improved so that patients can see a wider range of specialists and have problems diagnosed and treated more quickly and closer to home. The service treats people with a wide range of muscle, bone and joint conditions, such as arthritis, back pain and sports injuries. Seven new treatment rooms have been opened and the 16 existing rooms, waiting areas and facilities have been refurbished. The improvements mean that patients can see a wide range of specialist therapists and doctors and in many cases can receive tests and scans all in one visit. This one-stop-shop reduces the need for repeat visits and means patients can be diagnosed and begin treatment sooner. A new bone density scanner has also been installed in the Crawley clinic meaning patients no longer have to travel to Redhill for these scans, which are often used to diagnose osteoporosis. The service is provided by the Sussex MSK Partnership which runs all the NHS MSK services across central Sussex. The £2.1m refurbishment of the Crawley clinic is a key part of their plans to radically improve MSK care for all patients with better, quicker care available closer to home. […]
SMSKP Service Review
The Service review for the Sussex MSK Partnership, written by Natalie Blunt, Deputy Managing Director, and can be found using the link below: http://sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/November-Service-Review.pdf The review covers the last 6 months and highlights the performance of the service, in numbers and qualitative feedback, but also provides updates on key areas such as co-located working, estates, workforce, patient partners and service culture. More information can be found in the Service Review, linked above.
Find your Right Track to Wellbeing
Do you want to get out and about more, but find aches or pain with your muscles, joints or bones stopping you? You’re not alone. Around 10 million adults in the UK live with conditions such as back, hip, or shoulder pain, osteoporosis or arthritis. Doing what matters to you, whether that’s meeting friends, shopping, getting active, or learning a new skill, can improve your wellbeing. The Sussex MSK partnership (Central) is developing new ways to help patients look after themselves and manage their own conditions. One part of this is to work with The Fed and other local voluntary organisations on a project called ‘Right Track’. This project is about helping people to find local activities that will keep them active and ‘out and about’ in the community. It will also find out what helps and gets in the way of patients looking after themselves better. The Right Track team held an Open Day on Tuesday 12 April at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church that aimed to provide information, advice and taster sessions on how people could manage daily life with their condition. The event was lively, informative and fun. About 60 patients and carers came and 14 organisations ran […]
The new Brighton Diagnostic and Treatment Centre at the American express Community Stadium
The Brighton Diagnostic and Treatment Centre is a new patient facility that has recently opened at the American Express Community Stadium. This is part of the five year plan for the Sussex Musculoskeletal (MSK) Partnership to create multi-professional clinics in the community. In order for the service to deliver this change, it is necessary to have the space to bring in a whole team of health professionals which include consultants, extended scope practitioners (specialist physiotherapists, podiatrists and occupational therapists) and nurses. In one location we are able to offer consultation appointments, X-ray and MRI imaging. The service aim is to improve the quality of care for patients with MSK conditions, but will also put patients in control of their health care journey and offer a service which is tailored to their needs. The new clinic location, at ‘The Amex’, offers 6 new fully equipped consultation rooms with the capability for live viewing of x-ray and scan images. Should a patient require an X-ray whilst attending an appointment at the Brighton Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, there is our own in-house X-ray facility. Additionally, we can also offer MRI imaging in our Mobile MRI Scanner – often seen parked outside the treatment […]