We are not aware of any discussions between departmental officials and the Department for Work and Pensions on the implementation of the musculoskeletal services framework as a method of reducing long-term sickness and the number of people claiming incapacity benefit.
The framework was published as good practice guidance and it is for local organisations to decide how best to implement it.
The clinical and health outcomes knowledge base contains comparative data from over 700 health and local government organisations. Databases capturing information on musculoskeletal problems include:
The United Kingdom pain database;
The national spinal injuries centre medical research database,
The national joint registry;
Norfolk arthritis register;
National total hip replacement outcomes study; and
Trent and North West arthroplasty registers.
Information on the expenditure covered by these databases is not available.