Shining a light on good practice: Haywood Hospital and Research News

The Haywood Hospital, located in Stoke on Trent, has a catchment of 500,000 patients and provides specialist multidisciplinary services for rheumatology, musculoskeletal interface, osteoporosis and chronic pain.

The ethos of the Haywood Hospital promotes innovations in patient care, service delivery, patient engagement, education and research. Multi-disciplinary working is embedded in the service. Regular service away days are effective and engage the whole team in service development; this year, for the first time, the Musculoskeletal Interface Service away day was led and facilitated by a patient.

There is a strong commitment to educational developments for undergraduates, doctors, nurses and health professionals. Bespoke degree and masters modules in physical assessment, psychological needs and joint injections are hosted by Keele University and involve professionals and patients in their delivery. Innovative roles for physiotherapists have been developed, these include clinical development posts and knowledge mobilisation roles.

The Keele Haywood Academic Rheumatology Group encompasses several joint clinical-academic appointments and delivers an ambitious applied research programme across rheumatology and musculoskeletal services, to the benefit of patients. Recent studies include trials investigating the management of shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and hip osteoarthritis.

The Haywood Rheumatism Research and Development Foundation is a local charity which enhances the lives of people with arthritis, and provides funding to support research, education and innovations in care at the Haywood. An example is the Patient Information and Resource Room, a unique resource, staffed by volunteers, that enables patients to access information pertinent to their individual needs.

Our unique service design and commitment to evidence based care is recognised nationally and locally, specifically by the King’s Fund and recent Best Practice award by the British Society of Rheumatology.

Research News; Shoulder pain study

Painful shoulders account for 2.4% of all primary care consultations in the UK, and can impair ability to work or perform everyday tasks. Many patients with sub-acromial pain are treated with, and will respond to, non-operative treatment alone, however surgery is often used as a treatment. In 2010, over 21,000 people had this type of surgery in England – an increase of nearly 750% in 10 years. A recent study suggests that this surgery may offer no medical benefit compared with other treatments and should be taken into consideration with patients considering surgery and could influence the decisions made by health providers.