UK Health Pilot to Explore how Untapped Potential of Leisure Facilities could Save Millions from Painful MSK Conditions and Billions for NHS

UK Health Pilot to Explore how Untapped Potential of Leisure Facilities could Save Millions from Painful MSK Conditions and Billions for NHS

Posted: Wed, 27 Jul 2022 11:54

UK Health Pilot to Explore how Untapped Potential of Leisure Facilities could Save Millions from Painful MSK Conditions and Billions for NHS

A new health and fitness consortium has launched a two-year research project to investigate how to transform leisure facilities into musculoskeletal (MSK) hubs which can be accessed in every community.
Over 20 million people in the UK have a problem relating to an MSK condition, such as arthritis, chronic pain or a knee replacement. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a backlog of people, primarily over 50-years-old, who would benefit from support to manage their condition due to physical inactivity and limited access to non-emergency appointments.

Good Boost, ukactive, Orthopaedic Research UK, ESCAPE-pain, and Arthritis Action have joined forces to tackle the issue, securing £1.4m of funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the Healthy Ageing Challenge.

The consortium aims to design a system-based approach to better integrate leisure facilities within the nation's healthcare infrastructure, turning them into a locally accessible network of community 'MSK hubs'.

The project will test the delivery of accessible and affordable personalised services for exercise, rehabilitation, wider wellbeing support and education. The programme will be piloted in swimming pools and leisure centres across the UK, and at home through a virtual community support app.

The aim is to reduce health inequalities and the burden on the NHS by providing local, supported, self-management options for people to better maintain mobility, physical function and reduce pain through exercise.

Tags: Health Pilot, Insight, Msk Conditions, Ukactive