The National Osteoporosis Society works closely with external stakeholders to ensure that osteoporosis is prioritised within health and social care policy.
We seek to engage with Ministers, parliamentarians and officials from the UK Government and devolved administrations, in addition to the NHS and a range of non-departmental bodies, with the aim of influencing five key areas:
• The management of falls, fragility fractures and osteoporosis: We want a Fracture Liaison Service linked to every hospital that receives fragility fractures in the UK, to ensure that every fragility fracture patient gets the treatment and care they need.
• Clinical guidance: We want coherent clinical guidance for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of falls, fragility fractures and osteoporosis.
• Assessing clinical performance: We want the quality and systems of care for people at risk of falls, and people with, or at risk of, fragility fractures and osteoporosis to be measured on a regular basis, to stimulate best practice.
• The indicators that influence primary care: We want healthcare professionals working in primary care to be offered meaningful financial incentives to find and treat those at a high risk of fragility fracture.
• Public awareness and education: We want measures to improve understanding of bone health amongst individuals of all ages, with positive messages communicated in schools.
The charity supports and arranges events for the All-Party Parliamentary Osteoporosis Group (or ‘APPOG’) at Westminster.
Click on the links below to find out about our political campaigns in the four UK-countries: