Building on the existing pain service, the new offering will deliver enhanced outcomes for patients while providing value for money to taxpayers.
Connect Health, a leading specialised independent provider of integrated community health services, were selected as the successful bidder for the delivery of the Lincolnshire Community Pain Management Service (CPMS).
Chronic pain affects up to 28 million adults in the UK, with 37% of women and 31% of men reporting chronic/persistent pain. A key challenge for Lincolnshire’s four clinical commissioning groups was how to manage the impact of persistent pain for their growing population of 782,551. Lincolnshire is the second largest county in England and has high levels of deprivation which creates a difficult environment in which to manage persistent pain.
The commissioned model supports innovation and a revolutionary way of supporting the community to manage and understand persistent pain enabling people to live a life of quality and value. If people are able to manage their pain better, they will be in employment more of the time, they will feel physically fitter, their mental health and wellbeing will be improved and they are less likely to need medical interventions.
Connect Health has been chosen to deliver the pain service due to their expertise over 30 years of delivering services across the UK, their patient-centred approach and innovative models of care underpinned by evidence and improved outcomes for patients. The rigorous selection process was based on quality, service locations, value for money and Connect scored highest for these areas.
The service will offer patients:
- Quicker access to care
- Appointments that are accessible offering patient choice across different sites
- Resources to support and sustain self-help
- Access to a multidisciplinary team (incl. physiotherapists, psychologists, pharmacists & occupational therapists)
- Integration with other community physical and mental health providers including voluntary sector groups
- Opportunities to contribute to future service development via patient steering groups and focus groups