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NHS England and the Musculoskeletal Calculator

NHS England logoNHS England has this week published a set of new Commissioning for Value packs, ‘Pathways on a Page’, which include four indicators based on the Musculoskeletal Calculator data.

The Musculoskeletal Calculator is a series of prevalence models developed by us in collaboration with Imperial College London and at this stage shows the prevalence of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee in England.

Commissioning for Value is a partnership between NHS England, Public Health England and NHS Right Care, and the Pathways on a Page packs are the latest in a series of Commissioning for Value support offerings for CCGs. The pathways, metrics and content of the packs have been tested with a number of stakeholders, including CCGs, National Clinical Directors and many health intelligence and strategic clinical networks. Their input has helped us make them as useful as possible for commissioners.

The bespoke data packs help clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) identify which patient pathways could offer the best improvement opportunities in terms of spend and outcomes by comparing their data with that of their peers.

The four indicators now included are part of the MSK pathway – see slide 21 of each individual CCG pack: Total and severe percentages of people (over 45) who have hip or knee osteoarthritis.

While developed to support commissioners, these packs will be of interest to a much wider audience. The insights in these packs can help everyone engaged in a local health economy shine a shared light on where to focus attention in terms of commissioning decisions, reform and improvement. They are intended to support health communities to take those actions which could have the most positive impact on the value of health care to local people.

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