Ankylosing Spondylitis

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th February 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessments his Department have made of the adequacy of the availability of specialist care in the NHS for people diagnosed with spondyloarthritis conditions.

Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the identification and diagnosis of spondyloarthritis conditions in the NHS.

Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of variation in the quality of care provided in the NHS for people diagnosed with spondyloarthritis conditions.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Five Year Forward View has made a specific commitment to do more to support people with long-term conditions and to help them manage their own health. Self-management increases the likelihood of better clinical outcomes, lower rates of hospitalisation and less need for emergency care.

Clinical commissioning groups are responsible for commissioning services that offer education and self-management for patients diagnosed with arthritic conditions as well ensuring local arrangements are in place to coordinate care for people across primary and secondary (specialist) settings.

In February 2017, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence published the best practice guideline Spondyloarthritis in over 16s: diagnosis and management. The guideline sets out a range of recommendations for clinicians and NHS services, including around the provision of information and support that patients may benefit from, such as: advice about symptoms and self-management; contact details for local and national support organisations; and, information about employment rights and ability to work. The guideline can be found via the following link:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng65/resources/spondyloarthritis-in-over-16s-diagnosis-and-management-pdf-1837575441349

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