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Speak up! Chance for specially-trained MSK physios to take part in survey

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Millie Parchment, a PhD Researcher based at the University of Bath, wants to hear from musculoskeletal physios (MSK) who have been trained in the Wessex model of Making Every Contact Count Healthy Conversation Skills (MECC HCS).

What do you feel about MECC HCS and did the training help or hinder its implementation?

The survey – which is funded by the University of Bath and Health Education England, and closes on 28 February – will explore participants’ perceptions and experiences in delivering MECC. 

Ms Parchment's supervisors include Wendy Lawrence (University of Southampton), Em Rahman (Health Education England), David Wainwright (University of Bath), Elaine Wainwright (Bath Spa University) and Nick Townsend (University of Bath). 

The research project has two phases: 

  • an online survey for members of staff in all roles that have already received MECC training. This survey will explore perceptions of MECC and how it is  being implemented in services, including MSK ones (link: https://bathreg.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/exploring-prevalence-and-perceptions-of-the-making-every Follow-up interviews will only involve MSK physiotherapists, and will focus on how they use MECC to support behaviour change in MSK service users. Any perceived barriers to delivering it will also be explored. 
  • an intervention evaluation will involve MSK physios who have not yet been trained in MECC. This will involve both an outcomes and process evaluation for staff and MSK service users. The protocol for this study is still being developed and approvals are yet to be granted, but the research should begin in April.

Speaking to PhysioUpdate, Ms Parchment said: 'It is important to evaluate this brief behaviour change intervention to assess whether it is acceptable and effective and understand the enablers and barriers to implementation. 

'Currently, there is published research to support its use in a limited number of other services but not within MSK services.

'I am very interested in exploring how MECC might promote MSK health as MSK conditions continue to be a growing public health concern. This research could help to optimise future roll-out of MECC in MSK services.'

For more information, email Millie at: adp56@bath.ac.uk

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