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Dr Christine Haseler, MSKCAT’s GPSI (GP with Special Interest in musculoskeletal medicine), who led the workshop, said “Thinking on Osteoarthritis has changed a great deal recently. The popular view of joints “wearing out” leads to patient behaviour (i.e. rest) that is the opposite of evidence based best practice and current NICE guidance.”

The workshop included sessions by Adrian Bevan and Kathryn Ker (ESP Physios in MSKCAT) and focused on practical tools and tips to help GP’s with diagnosis and key messages for patients.

The afternoon was a great success with all the delegates’ course evaluations giving the workshop top marks.  MSKCAT have always placed great importance on their working relationship with the local GPs and the part this specialist multidisciplinary team can play in GP education. This is the tenth GP education event run by MSKCAT since the service started just three years ago and is part of a packed 2013 GP seminar programme.

Christine Haseler has been working hard to raise awareness of best practice in Osteoarthritis and, following an item she wrote for the BMJ and an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s “Inside Health”, she has been interviewed for quotes by a number of publications from the Daily Mail to lifestyle magazines. 

GPs, commissioners and other stakeholders now increasingly recognise that the management of musculoskeletal conditions should be less focussed on surgical interventions and much more about the partnership between the patient, primary care and community services such as MSKCAT, MSK physiotherapy and podiatry.

*MSKAT stands for Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service – this is a specialist service commissioned by GPs to ensure those people who have a musculoskeletal problem (a problem with their muscles, bones or joints e.g. lower back pain) are promptly assessed by the correct specialist health professional.