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The Brittle Bone Society, along with the Medical Advisory Board are working tirelessly to collect strong evidence for NHS England demonstrating the high unmet need that exists for an adult OI service. As part of this, we are also looking at what services should be offered for adults (people aged 16 years and over) with all types of OI, as well as developing Clinical Care Guidelines.
Living with a long-term, multi-disciplinary condition, people with OI often feel left to manage on their own, without support, follow-ups and regular monitoring. The symptoms are being treated but not the condition.
We will therefore need your continued support in getting involved in further consultation events, completing surveys and assisting us to gather relevant information to form a suitable service for the needs of the OI community.
We held a Parliamentary Reception at Westminster which highlighted excellent provision for paediatric care of OI. We used this platform of awarding excellence to draw attention to the severe lack of adult OI services throughout the UK. You can read more about this event here
The BBS held our first consultation meeting with OI members on the Adult OI Forum who are supporting our call for a specialised adult OI service to be created in England. There was a good mixture of ages represented from England, Scotland and Wales representing all sections of the OI family. Dr Richard Keen, from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, is Chairman of the Adult OI Forum.
The Brittle Bone Society carried out a survey to seek the views of our members in relation to their experiences of the current NHS provision for adult OI services. We received over 100 responses.
Throughout the survey, members consistently told us there is a lack of knowledge around OI within the wider healthcare/medical professions, especially at GP level and within Accident and Emergency departments where people with OI regularly attend.
This led to us forming an Adult Forum and doing further Consultation work.