The benefits of a ‘multi morbidity’ approach - putting the evidence into practice

Wednesday 9th May - 15:20-16:00

This session will explore the evidence and evaluation from the Rotherham Active for Health programme, which promotes a single working model of physical activity rehabilitation for individuals across 7 different long-term condition pathways. The programme provides community based physical activity delivery by specialist level 4 exercise professionals - who assist individuals to become active, build their confidence and create lasting active foundations. This session will draw the learning from across the varying pathways, to examine a cross condition approach, exploring the supporting evidence from those delivering and experiencing the programme.

Dr Benjamin Ellis, Senior Clinical Policy Advisor at Arthritis Research UK

Day 1: 15:20-16:00 Evidence

Benjamin divides his time working as a consultant rheumatologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and since 2010 as senior clinical policy advisor to Arthritis Research UK. In 2008, he undertook a two-year secondment to work as both clinical advisor to the England Chief Medical Officer and programme manager at WHO Patient Safety, and subsequently completed his master of public health degree at John’s Hopkins. His interests include promoting a public health approach to musculoskeletal health, improving the extent and quality of musculoskeletal health data and developing systems to support self-management for people with long-term conditions.

He was lead author on two major Arthritis Research UK reports: Musculoskeletal health: a public health approach (2014), and Providing physical activity interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions (2017). Benjamin proposed and established the work to develop the Musculoskeletal Calculator and the Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire (MSK-HQ), set up the National Musculoskeletal Health Data Group, and recently chaired the NHS England Mandate MSK Data Advisory Group. He is a member of the NIHR Dissemination Centre advisory group, topic lead for musculoskeletal strand of the Moving Medicine project at Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine and was recently appointed as a member of the NICE Persistent Pain Guideline Committee.

Benjamin was interviewed for the Elevate newsletter, click here to read.

Panellists include :

Amy Roden, Active for Health Project Co ordinator at Rotherham Active for Health

Gabbi Frith , Active for Health Evaluation Partner at Sheffield Hallam University

Leon Wormley, Director & Exercise specialist at FUNCTIONAL FITNESS SOLUTIONS