A tool to facilitate the identification and assessment of children with musculoskeletal disease
The pGALSplus study is now progressing through phase 2 in Newcastle. Our aim is to create a ‘toolkit’ based on pGALS, to be called pGALSplus, that is likely to include questions and assessment, in order to facilitate identification of children with serious musculoskeletal pathology. Developed in Phase 1, pGALSplus is currently being piloted in groups of children across 3 UK sites, within selected disease groups, as well as healthy controls, to describe its feasibility and acceptability. Phase 2 also aims to develop training and educational resources to accompany the toolkit and enable its use in future clinical practice. The assessment will initially be targeted at clinicians working within the community setting. pGALSplus is an NIHR Portfolio adopted study, sponsored by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and is funded with an unrestricted educational grant from Sanofi Genzyme.
For further information please contact:
Vicky Mercer MCSP, Research Associate pGALSplus
Dr Nicola Smith, Research Associate pGALSplus
Professor Helen Foster, Chief Investigator, Newcastle University (NUMed), Malaysia
Dr Sharmila Jandial, Principal Investigator in Newcastle, Newcastle University, Paediatric Rheumatology, Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne
Dr Simon Jones, Principal Investigator in Manchester, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Gabriel Okugbeni, Principal Investigator, South Shields, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
Dr. Michela Guglieri, Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant in Human Genetics, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Professor Jeremy Parr
Professor of Paediatric Neurodisability and Honorary Consultant Neurodisability Paediatrician, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Tim Rapley, Professor of Applied Health Care Research, Northumbria University
Pauline Hensman, Specialist Physiotherapist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital