The Spinal Group includes representatives from Primary Care Doncaster, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, Healthwatch Doncaster, Doncaster CCG and Chapman’s Physio.
Working with Healthwatch Doncaster, in collaboration with patients, the group is focussing on access to community based services for low back pain.
As part of this the group will pilot increased access to First to Physio sessions based at The White Wings Centre in Askern.
Throughout the pilot, patients in the North of Doncaster could be directly referred from First to Physio into the Back Active exercise classes. By piloting this increased access in the first instance we were able to gather information about patient experience of services and whether they are having a positive impact.
In addition, the team developed a patient leaflet and guidance for Doncaster GPs on managing lower back pain and sciatica in those over the age of 16. The development of this leaflet was supported by patients and members of the public that have expressed an interest in being involved.