The following pages are for professionals working with the HMSA or who are professional members of the charity. The majority of this information is not targeted at HMSA members or service users with a hypermobility syndrome. Therefore, these pages would be excluded from the scope of the HMSA’s accreditation of the NHS England’s Information Standard.
‘HMSA & Area Hypermobility Networks’ for Professionals
This section is for professionals who are engaged with the HMSA and who are assisting with the promoting of ‘The HMSA Kent Model’ in their geographical area. Any professional who has attended the course(s) offered as part of the project work, can have access to a local area network for professionals. For more information on this please read the page here http://hypermobility.org/hmsa-news/hypermobility-syndromes-association-the-hmsa-kent-model/
It is planned that each geographical area will have regular meetings to stay up to date with the changes in the field, and to highlight potential information gaps or training needs in that the network. It is also an opportunity to share experiences, and to identify the service needs of the population in that area, and how to best meet these in relation to good practice guidelines.
An ‘HMSA Care Web’ will also be completed for each area as part of the project work. This web will identify key local experts or colleagues with an interest in being contacted by professionals for advice or support. In addition, the area networks, will also share a host of resources made available from our course experts and links to good practice papers etc. Potentially related projects or research may also be incorporated. Any requests by local professionals to include information can be made to area coordinators or the HMSA.
Please note; The HMSA is regularly asked to provide the names of NHS and private professionals who have had training or experience in working with the hypermobility syndromes population of service users. Some NHS providers may not wish their staff to participate in this area of work. However, from an HMSA member or service user point of view, this can be a valuable resource to offer, allowing vulnerable people to have the confidence in the practitioner they may see. If your service provider wishes you to not be named, we would like to ask that you seek permission for the department and service to be named instead; as an ‘HMS friendly’ service, where we know some training has been completed by staff working within. The HMSA is planning on developing referral guidelines, which we can share with members and service users, which will cover the probability that ‘named professional’ referrals may not be an option, as it is the norm to refer to a department.
All professionals who have attended the courses will have an opportunity to ‘opt out’ of sharing this information. An email will be sent following each course. If practitioners wish to opt out at a later date this can be done with ease by contacting email@example.com
Private practitioners can have the opportunity to have their practices listed in full. Private practitioners who have attended the courses, can also opt to have discounted advertising in our HMSA Journals and at conferences. Please speak to Donna Wicks, CEO, if you wish to use any of these opportunities.