The National Back Pain Project and PROMs

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The National Back Pain Project aims to remove ineffective and costly treatments, reduce disability and chronic pain.

Back pain is the largest single cause of disability in the UK, with lower back pain alone accounting for 11 per cent of the total disability of the UK population.1

Spinal surgery referrals are increasing, with many patients waiting more than 18 weeks to receive treatment.2

Led by Professor Charles Greenough, a clinical team of 30 specialists in the diagnosis and management of lower back pain have developed a complete, end to end pathway.  The National Back Pain Project involves evidence based, comprehensive care from the GP Surgery and moves through primary care, right through to secondary care.

Supporting the National Back Pain Project is Inhealthcare’s PROMs service which allows for large scale collection of patient data at speed.  Patients are sent questionnaires at intervals during their progress through the back pain pathway.  These questionnaires gather information on how the back pain is affecting the patient’s life as they work towards self-management of their pain. Patients enter PROMs, satisfaction ratings and other assessments using our broad range of communication channels. These include automated telephone calls, SMS, online and smartphone apps.

Next steps for the National Back Pain Project

The regional specialised teams at NHS England aim to work with the transformation teams and STPs to take the project forward. For further information and support on implementing the pathway please email ENGLAND.improvingspinalcare@nhs.net

 

The National Back Pain Project aims to:

  • Identify and refer potentially serious pathology
  • Provide expeditious access to interventions such as nerve root blocks or surgical discectomy where indicated
  • Provide effective and timely care for sufferers with acute low back pain to improve outcomes and reduce disability

Supporting the National Back Pain Project is Inhealthcare's PROMs service which allows for large scale collection of patient data at speed.

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If you want to learn more about using the Inhealthcare digital PROMs service to support your implementation of the NHS England Improving Spinal Care project, please complete the form below.

  • Identify and refer potentially serious pathology
  • Provide expeditious access to interventions such as nerve root blocks or surgical discectomy where indicated
  • Provide effective and timely care for sufferers with acute low back pain to improve outcomes and reduce disability
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