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Health group wants your feedback on services

Health / Tue 16th Dec 2014 pm31 12:09pm

Contribute your experiences of muscle, skeleton and joint (musculoskeletal) services.

West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and buys health and care services on behalf of people in Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford, is asking local people to share their experiences of musculoskeletal services as part of a wide-reaching service review.

CONDITIONS such as arthritis, rheumatism, back pain, joint pain and muscle pain, are the most common cause of disability in the UK.

Local services within this speciality like physiotherapy, podiatry and orthopaedics, are commissioned by West Essex CCG which is currently exploring how care for people with these conditions can be improved.

As part of the review, all people aged 16 and over who have received care in orthopaedics, rheumatology, pain management, physiotherapy or podiatry are invited to complete a short questionnaire or attend a feedback event in January to help shape the future of the service.

The questionnaire can be accessed at: www.westessexccg.nhs.uk/Have-your-say/patient-questionnaires.htm
Dr Christine Moss, Epping Forest GP and clinical director at West Essex CCG said: “Local people’s opinions form the most important feedback we will receive in this review so we urge people who have experiences, good or bad, to share these with us.

“People’s feedback is anonymous and will go directly to the people who organise musculoskeletal services in this area to shape the service for the future.”

A feedback event will take place at Harlow Leizurezone, Harlow, on 22 January 2015 1.30pm to 4pm with Lunch from 1pm. To find out more and book a place, please email Elisa Berni-Gorton ([email protected]) or call 01992 566138.

The review has been prompted by the West Essex CCG’s ambition to commission more joined-up and patient focused care and in doing so, ensure people in west Essex get the best care possible with the resources available.

The CCG is also gathering feedback from GPs, consultants and therapists which will be reviewed alongside extensive data analysis.

The opportunity to give feedback remains open until 30 January 2015.

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