Staffordshire Physiotherapy and Pain Management service shares work on improving the quality of life for patients with lower limb condition

OASIS team
Staffordshire Physiotherapy and Pain Management service shares work on improving the quality of life for patients with lower limb condition
03 March 2017

A Staffordshire NHS service which specialises in physiotherapy and pain management is set to share its innovative work in improving the quality of life of lower limb osteoarthritis patients with health and care colleagues.

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust’s Integrated Physiotherapy Orthopaedic and Pain Management Service (IPOPS) has been shortlisted for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Shared Learning Awards 2017 and will attend the NICE Annual Conference in May 2017 to share their work.

Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects joints, causing pain and stiffness. The service developed the ‘OsteoArthritis Self-management and Independent-living Support’ group (OASIS) programme, in line with NICE clinical guidelines.

The OASIS programme focuses on exercise, to improve an individual’s strength and fitness, and education, to enhance the patient’s understanding of their condition and enable better self-management.

Upon completing the 6 week OASIS group programme, Lichfield resident Sheila Barnes said: “About a year ago I was getting quite depressed at getting older and was finding more and more things difficult. I couldn’t kneel or get up and down. My balance was poor and I couldn’t walk without support. I went to the doctors to enquire about a knee replacement but he persuaded me to try physiotherapy first. Now I feel a different person. I can walk at least a mile; stand up easily and my balance is greatly improved. Although I still can’t get up and down I am much more confident and I no longer fear the future.”

The service, which offers a joined up approach for people with musculoskeletal problems by including a range of professionals such as physiotherapists, extended scope practitioners and chronic pain management specialists, is one of four shortlisted finalists that have been chosen to give a presentation about their work during the NICE Annual Conference 2017. The winner of the Shared Learning Award will be chosen by conference audience members on the day.

Partnership Trust Director of Operations, Kieron Murphy said: “It is great that the team have been shortlisted and are being given an opportunity to share their innovative work with other health and care colleagues. The OASIS programme is a fantastic example of how services can empower patients to self-manage their condition more effectively.”

The NICE Annual Conference is taking place in Liverpool on 18 and 19 May 2017.

You can read more about the work of the OASIS group on the NICE Share Learning Database here: https://www.nice.org.uk/sharedlearning/oasis-group-improving-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-lower-limb-osteoarthritis