Knees Up

More help could be on the way for people with knee problems, thanks to a £75,000 award from the Health Foundation, which has been given to NHS Forth Valley, working in partnership with Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership and the University of Stirling.

The project, the only one in Scotland to receive funding from the Health Foundation, will focus on research and involve information analysts, healthcare professionals and service users. This will help the Partnership review data, redesign referral pathways and look at new ways to prevent and manage knee problems more effectively.

The aim is to assist people deal with knee problems at an early stage to prevent their condition from worsening and improve the way services are organised so care and treatment can be accessed as quickly as possible. It also aims to ensure that when people do require surgery they are well informed.

The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.