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July 6, 2016

Collaborative working in Reading awarded

On Wednesday, 6 July, staff from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust attended a special event hosted by The British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) to be officially recognised for the Emerging Best Practice Award they received earlier in the year on behalf of Berkshire’s Integrated Pain Assessment and Spinal Service (IPASS).

The award recognised the innovative approach of the service for its work in helping people with musculoskeletal and chronic pain problems. Since September 2015, the specialist team, made up of physiotherapists and psychologists, supported by pain and spinal Consultants have offered expert musculoskeletal assessments and treatment to patients, as well as helping people to manage persistent pain to ensure they can continue to enjoy a good quality of life.

Held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the event brought together clinicians, commissioners, service planners and patients from across the UK to explore some of the innovative projects that had been recognised in this year’s BSR Best Practice Awards.

It provided guests with the opportunity to hear directly from the leads of the award winning initiatives, who outlined how their service was developed, the challenges they faced and how these were overcome.

The BSR attributed the project’s success to the collaborative engagement of a wide range of healthcare professionals and providers, funded by Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups, and including the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Antoni Chan, Consultant Rheumatologist and Clinical Director Integrated Medicine at the RBH, co-led the project through its development.  He said: “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the team.  Before the collaborative service was launched, the care of patients living with chronic pain could be disjointed, with each provider managing their own episode of care in isolation to other healthcare colleagues.  This often led to duplication of information and multiple visits for patients.

“The formation of the Berkshire IPASS has meant that patients are now assessed and receive the care they need, provided by the most appropriate healthcare professional at the right stage of their treatment.  It also offers a range of strategies including back and pain management classes to engage patients in exercise activities and promote self-management of their condition.”

Dr Antoni Chan, Consultant Rheumatologist and Clinical Director Integrated Medicine at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Deepak Ravindran, Consultant in Pain Medicine at the Royal Berkshire, and colleagues from the Berkshire West CCG and Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust attended the event.