27 Nov 2018

People with MSK (Musculoskeletal) conditions in St Helens are set to benefit from digital support to manage their conditions at work thanks to an innovative 12 month project developed by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust with the support of St Helens CCG and Manchester Metropolitan University.

The project aims to make use of a bespoke digital app to support patients who are in employment but off sick or are at risk of going off work due an MSK condition. 

This project was one of 19 from across England chosen to share £4 million of government funding under the new Work and Health Challenge Fund.  The fund forms part of a 10 year strategy to get one million more disabled people in work by 2027 and is a joint initiative between the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DH), with a focus on mental health and musculoskeletal conditions - some of the most common health conditions in the workplace.

The aim of the Fund is to ensure that people whose health conditions may have previously held them back in the workplace or even caused them to drop out of employment can benefit from the latest innovations and tailored support. 

NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group will now begin working with local GPs so that the referral process for MSK patients will identify those who fit the criteria and can be supported by this new initiative