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Central Lancashire Moving Well Service

Posted on the 12th February 2019

A new service which aims to improve outcomes for people who have musculoskeletal problems, persistent pain or chronic fatigue/ME, especially focusing on prevention and early intervention is now up and running.

The Central Lancashire Moving Well Service has been commissioned by Greater Preston Clinical Commissioning Group and Chorley & South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group, and began running in a phased rollout in September. Four months on the service is now fully operational and welcoming people from across Central Lancashire, and to celebrate this, the service held a launch event for its staff and partners at the Minerva Centre in Deepdale, Preston, in January.

The service seeks to improve outcomes and experience, reduce variation for people who have problems with their muscles or joints using guidance, education and new technology, and includes teams that are able to deal with community physiotherapy, rheumatology, musculoskeletal issues, chronic fatigue and persistent pain.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is delivering the service in partnership with Ascenti, an independent provider of physiotherapy services. The Moving Well Service also has partnerships with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, Ramsey Health Care and Bespoke Health Care for provision of diagnostic services.

Hannah Sellers, Service Manager from the Central Lancashire Moving Well Service at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“It’s been fantastic to mobilise this brand new service for the people of Central Lancashire and we are grateful to our partners and colleagues for the part they have all played in this; we are delighted to be working with partner organisations who share a similar ethos and values to us. We are already making a difference to the lives of people with musculoskeletal issues and persistent pain and hope to continue on with the successes.

The service is providing a new and integrated model of care with a special focus on prevention and early intervention. It embodies a culture of health promotion and wellness, taking a holistic approach to patient needs. This is an exciting project and we are looking forward to making a difference to people.”

Steve Flynn, Commissioning manager at Chorley and South Ribble and Greater Preston CCGs said;

“This ambitious, innovative new service is anticipated to significantly benefit patients and improve patient outcomes and experiences.”

Members of the public may directly refer into the service by ringing 01772 520900 and selecting option 1. For more information visit

The service is valued at £7 million and will run for five years. Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disorders (RMDs) are common and comprise over 200 conditions that affect joints, bones, muscles, rarer autoimmune diseases and back pain. They are often progressive and mostly cause some form of pain that over time may become chronic. They are the single biggest cause of disability in adults and have a major impact on people’s health and quality of life, often impairing normal, physical and social functioning.

RMDs affect over 10 million adults in the UK. An estimated 8-10 million people in UK live with arthritis and 40 percent of all adults aged 70 or over have osteoarthritis of the knee. 60 percent of people who are on long-term sick leave cite rheumatic or musculoskeletal problems as the reason. One third of people with rheumatoid arthritis will have stopped working within two years of onset and half will be unable to work within 10 years. These economic costs of RMDs in relation to absence from work are estimated at over £7 billion per year.