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Back to Fitness pilot scheme finalists at this year’s Patient Safety and Care Awards

MSK team

An initiative from CMFT's Musculoskeletal (MSK) community physiotherapy team has received high praise as one of the finalists at this year's Patient Safety and Care Awards.

The feedback from the awards has given the team the chance to put the so far unfunded scheme forward as a business case.

The Back to Fitness programme, part of the Physical Activity Referral Scheme (PARS), is a progressive group-based rehabilitation project for people with persistent low back pain by combining exercise, education and self-management strategies.

The programme made it from over 1000 applicants to be one of the finalists at the  Patient Safety and Care Awards ceremony in July in Mayfair, London.

In their feedback, the judges, all consultants and specialists in orthopaedics and rheumatology, said: 'The panel was struck with the enthusiasm and commitment to deliver a cohesive pathway for the management of low back pain, achieved successfully to date with no additional resources.'

They suggested that the project needed additional local support for implementation and evaluation and they would welcome a future submission including more of these data.

The programme was designed by Doré Young, Specialist MSK Physiotherapist for community services, and has had great audit results and feedback from both clinicians and patients.

Doré was overwhelmed with the success: 'It was a real honour to get to the finals and receive such great feedback', she said. 'It's amazing to see such ongoing hard work from the team and we have all enjoyed the collaborative working between physiotherapy services and PARS.'

She added that being part of the awards has been a great platform to increase awareness about the programme and to drive the service forward, delivering quality care and transforming the way low back pain is managed in the community.