Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017 in Consultations & Surveys.
From 1st November 2017, patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who are experiencing lower back pain will now receive more effective care as a result of changes that are being introduced to how the condition is treated.
The changes are being put in place in response to new guidance that was published in November 2016 by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommending how lower back pain should be treated:
Patients who are currently waiting for a course of acupuncture, electrotherapies and spinal injections (excluding epidurals) will receive a letter explaining their options. They will be able to choose to receive physiotherapy instead, which is recommended by NICE, or continue to wait for their planned treatment.
Patients who are in the process of receiving a course of treatment will be able to continue to receive it this time, but it will not be available to them in the future. They will have their options explained to them when they next attend a clinic.
Engagement with patients
The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have launched an eight-week period of engagement to ensure patients are aware of the changes. They want to find out from patients who have experienced lower back pain how these changes will impact them and what they would find beneficial to treat it. The results will be used to inform the development and refinement of lower back pain treatment options in the future.
Patients can share their views using the attached survey, or online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LBPCPIG2017
Alternatively, hard copies of the survey (or surveys in another format) can be obtained by contacting Jo Ryder, Head of Engagement and Patient Experience at Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group on 0116 295 1123. The survey can be returned at the freepost address at the bottom of the survey.
The survey will close on the 3rd December 2017.
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