Living well with arthritis commissioned services

Take control of your life

If you have osteoarthritis, Versus Arthritis understands how it can affect you. Whether you have been recently diagnosed, or have been living with it for some while, we’re here with information and support. We believe there is always something you can do to reduce the impact of osteoarthritis, which is where our services may help. Our services are tailored to your personal needs to help you Live Well with Arthritis.

What do we do?

Versus Arthritis works with local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and healthcare professionals to offer Shared Decision-Making services for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip. A shared decision-making service aims to provide high quality information on your health condition, in order to empower you to make informed decisions about your ongoing healthcare.

All our services are free for you to attend and are run virtually/over the phone and in Northumberland we also offer face-2-face services in local accessible venues.

What are the Living Well with Arthritis services?

Our free services are delivered by trained Versus Arthritis volunteers, with personal experience of arthritis, alongside our trained and experienced staff. We discuss ways to manage osteoarthritis symptoms such as pain, talk about positive changes that could be made and give information on all healthcare options available.

All our services provide you with up-to-date information to help you make decisions about all your healthcare options - including pain relief, surgery and exercise – and to help you improve the management of your arthritis. Once you have referred yourself to us, we will contact you. You will receive a range of publications and information when you attend our service.

We have been running our services across England since 2014 and have supported over 4,600 people:

“I didn’t know what to expect but was very surprised on how much information was given and how much it helped me. Very friendly too.”
“I wish my GP had referred me to a group like this months ago! Very positive session, thank you”
“I was pleasantly surprised, I got far more out of the session than I thought I would.”

Out services could help you...

  • Understand your condition better.
  • Feel more confident to manage your osteoarthritis including symptoms such as pain.
  • Have access to the information, support and services you need to make informed choices and take control.
  • Have the necessary information to make positive lifestyle changes such as reviewing your diet.
  • Communicate effectively about arthritis and how it affects you.
  • Feel less isolated.
  • Increase your self-confidence.
  • Find out about and get in touch with other local support.

How to sign up

To check which area your GP surgery comes under please check out the 'Find Clinical Commissioning Group services' website. If you are interested in using our services and you live in the NorthumberlandEast Riding of Yorkshire or Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire regions and are registered with a GP in the area, click the links to refer yourself.