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Symposium 1

Last month RRIO hosted the Better Value Musculoskeletal Healthcare Symposium at Said Business School, Oxford. The day coincided with a visit from fellow musculoskeletal researchers, Professors Jane Latimer and Chris Maher, and associate professor Manuela Ferreira, from the George Institute for Global Health, Australia.

We were also very pleased to welcome contributors from the University of Keele, Brunel University, University of Warwick, Neuroscience Research Australia, Better Value Healthcare, and from departments within University of Oxford.

Sir Muir Gray and Professor Sallie Lamb opened proceedings with an overview of the UK perspective, discussing issues of disinvestment and the definition of value; followed by Professor Chris Maher who discussed the Australian perspective on this issue.

Dr Esther Williamson and Dr Zoe Michaleff spoke about disinvestment opportunities with a focus on whiplash injury and Dr Jeremy Howick discussed interventions to help clinicians stop using ineffective treatments.

Later in the day Dr Beth Fordham, Dr Melina Dritaski and Dr Jonathan Hill looked at the implementation of better value options, with a focus on the Back Skills Training intervention and the Start Back intervention. A presentation from Dr David Keene about the challenges of implementing research evidence into clinical practice was followed by a discussion session.

Further presentations considered the definitions of clinical and cost effectiveness, questions around efficacy and how promote implementation of research evidence. Professor Jane Latimer spoke about the benefits that have resulted from collaboration with the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in Oxford, and opportunities for ongoing work together across nations.

The day was an engaging and enjoyable opportunity to share ideas and to build links with our friends and colleagues from across the UK and Australia. Thank you to everyone who contributed and attended.