Patients asked to share their views of major hip and knee surgery

Release Date: 13/08/2015

Patients asked to share their views of major hip and knee surgery

Shropshire’s rate of hip and knee surgery is higher than the national average, and is expected to grow because of the county’s changing demographics, lifestyle choices and advancements in clinical practice as well as increased patient expectations. 
 
Now Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group is organising a number of events to discuss with patients how it is developing the care that’s offered to people with hip and knee conditions and how the ever increasing trend for surgery can be reversed.  
 
Alongside this proactive approach to osteoarthritis, NHS Shropshire CCG is proposing altering the threshold for surgery.  As happens now, all patients referred will be seen and offered support but fewer will have surgery.
 
Those attending the events will be able to give their views on the proposed changes. There will also be online and face to face surveys where people can share their views on the future.
 
Dr Julian Povey from Shropshire CCG said: “NHS Shropshire CCG has had in place for some time a clinical pathway for the management of patients with  osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. This involves referral for support and therapeutic input from the community orthopaedic service or a referral to a hospital for an assessment and advice on on-going management. The changes proposed will see more patients referred initially to the community orthopaedic service.”
 
The CCG is also currently taking part in an evaluation of an enhanced programme of osteoarthritis care in primary care . This includes work to help patients avoid the need for hip and knee surgery, such as better weight management, pain management and physiotherapy.
 
A targeted patient and public engagement exercise will now take. This will include six listening workshops and there will be online and face to face surveys.
 
The events will take place at:
 
 



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