Developing MSK networks: a resource pack

16 / 03 / 2016

This resource pack provides healthcare professionals as well as commissioners and providers of MSK services with a framework for planning and developing a local MSK network, and signposts to a wide range of additional materials which may be useful as they undertake this task. 

This resource has been developed as part of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) MSK Clinical Networks Project, which NHS England is actively promoting and supporting since April 2015. Find out more 

How we developed the pack

Through extensive consultation with MSK patients, professionals and managers, in addition to a comprehensive literature review and other desk research, the MSK Clinical Networks Project identified the key elements of ‘what good looks like’ and how to get good into practice for MSK services. 

The key priorities for MSK service improvement were identified, and initial action planning on each area was carried out at a workshop in London. 

The Resource Pack, which has been co-produced with the MSK community, distils some of the findings of the project to date, and provides a practical resource to support CCGs seeking to improve outcomes for all forms of MSK disorders through a “networks” approach and with patients at the heart.

The pack is intended to inform and enable conversations about improvement, innovation and care coordination in MSK, and as such it is intended to be a “living document” – ie it may evolve over time depending on these conversations.

The pack is being made available through the MSK Knowledge Network which ARMA and NHS England have set up as a shared space for information-sharing and peer-to-peer learning on MSK. If you are involved in MSK commissioning, delivery or service redesign, please join the network and associated Yammer group

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