NICE recommends getUBetter to be used by the NHS to manage non-specific low back pain.

March 19, 2024

getUBetter has been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as one of the five digital health technologies to be used by the NHS to help manage non-specific low back pain (LBP) in people 16 years and over.

According to the NHS Long Term Plan, low back and neck pain is the greatest cause of years lost to disability, accounting for 7% of all GP consultations in England. Additionally, people on growing MSK waiting lists remain unsupported. The recommendation comes as part of the wider early value assessment report of technologies to provide people with the resource they need to self-manage and support healthcare professionals to ease the strain on resource use.

“We’re delighted to have been recommended by NICE”, said getUBetter’s CEO & Founder, Carey McClellan. “Low back pain has huge socioeconomic implications and there is an absolute need to support people to self-manage their MSK conditions with evidence-based and locally configured digital support. getUBetter has been independently evaluated against the NICE framework evidencing positive impact on health utilisation, including reduction of the GP appointments, physiotherapy referrals and prescriptions for medication” – he added.

According to the NICE report, the technologies can be used within the NHS setting while more evidence is generated, providing they meet appropriate regulations. getUBetter already has all appropriate approvals, meets the standards within NHS England’s Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC), has been deployed across 38% of integrated care systems (ICSs).

getUBetter provides digital self-management support for all common MSK injuries and conditions, including low back pain. The 12 condition pathways covered in the package include: back, back and leg, hip, knee, ankle, neck, shoulder, elbow, tendinopathy arm and leg, and sprains and strains of the leg. All pathways include targeted support for patients on waiting lists, experiencing pain, struggling to work, and living with arthritis.