Posted: 7th March 2016
Both UK and international research over the last decade have come to suggest a more broad and pragmatic approach for understanding how we investigate every persons’ back pain and treat it at the primary care stage appropriately at an affordable cost for the NHS and at an affordable cost for patients wanting to fund their own treatment.
From 10th March 2016, this is no longer to be the case. A local NHS decision has been made such that the choice of service and choice of practitioner is now to cease. The patients who need NHS funding to see primary care practitioners from the private sector for back and neck pain will no longer have the opportunity of choice.
Posted: 20th March 2016
NHS Five Year Forward View
The above was posted 16th February by NHS England, “It sets out a clear vision for health and care services to work in partnership with people and communities to fully realize their value and potential at the heart of health”.
“It makes a specific commitment to do more to support people to manage their own health and care and signals the need to “invest significantly in evidence-based approaches such as group-based education for people with specific conditions and self-management educational courses, as well as encouraging independent peer-to-peer communities to emerge”.