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Joint Pain Advice

A new model of care for chronic joint pain.


Read the Evaluation of a health trainer-led service for people with knee, hip and back pain published by Perspectives in Public Health, 9th May 2019

Recognised by NICE as an excellent example of how NICE guidance and standards are being put into practice, our JPA model of care is a safe and cost effective alternative to GP consultations. Involving a series of face-to-face consultations, Advisors work collaboratively with people with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis and/or back pain, focusing on supporting self-management.

Using behavioural change techniques Advisors work with individuals to discuss their lifestyle, challenges and goals, and begin to alter people’s health beliefs about joint pain and impact on healthy behaviour and lifestyles. They jointly develop a care plan which includes tailored advice and support based on NICE guidelines e.g.:

  • Increasing physical activity
  • Promoting weight loss
  • Effective pain management
  • Exercises (strength & balance)
  • Social prescribing and sign-posting to appropriate services (community exercise groups, physiotherapy, pharmacists for pain management advice, weight management groups, smoking cessation, mental health support)



Evaluation shows improvements in clinical outcomes for people who have access to a Joint Pain Advisor e.g. reduction in pain, increase in function and ability to carry out activities of daily living, improvements in mental wellbeing as well as fewer GP consultations and reduction in referrals to diagnostics. 

For related resources, news and blogs and to watch our patient film please see our pages on the Health Innovation Network website

For further information please contact the Joint Pain Advice team at the Health Innovation Network.


Page last reviewed: 06 January 2022. Page last updated: 06 January 2022. Next review date: March 2022