Versus Arthritis works with Northumberland CCG to offer Shared Decision-Making services for all patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip, to help patients feel more empowered to make informed decisions about their ongoing healthcare.
All our services are free for patients to attend and are run virtually or in local accessible venues.
We ensure all patients are given up-to-date, quality information on their healthcare options, such as; managing pain, diet, weight loss, exercise and the risks and benefits of surgery.
Patients also receive an information pack at each service.
How can our service help patients?
Give patients access to the information, support and services they need to make informed choices and take control.
Give patients the opportunity to share and hear about other people's experiences living with arthritis, to promote the value of peer support.
Help patients better understand their condition.
Help patients feel more confident to manage their condition, including symptoms such as pain.
Have the necessary information to make positive lifestyle changes such as reviewing diet.
Help patients feel less isolated.
Increase patients self-confidence.
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How can patients access the Service?
Patients can be referred by their GP, Link Workers, FCPs or JMAPS using the referral form provided.
Our team works together to provide the highest quality healthcare at the same time meeting ever changing needs of its patients and the community.
We are a teaching/dispensing practice, which is involved in the training of qualified doctors who wish to gain experience in General Practice. We also have final year medical students as part of their undergraduate training, visiting the practice. We are a research Practice. We also have a Nurse Practitioner working Monday and Thursdays.