Musculoskeletal service standards

The musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy service standards have been developed by the CSP in collaboration with members and stakeholders, including patients. They are intended as a tool for services to demonstrate the value of MSK physiotherapy services and to drive continuous quality improvement. 

A physiotherapist treats a patient with a musculoskeletal condition.

The Musculoskeletal Service Standards for Consultation cover the delivery of musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy services in the UK, in any setting, for adults of 16 years and over. They aim to support the development and delivery of high-quality MSK physiotherapy services in the public, private and/or independent sector. These quality standards can also be used by commissioners, health boards and provider collaborative to ensure high quality MSK physiotherapy services are available.

The standards are for physiotherapy services managing MSK conditions within MSK pathways and across multidisciplinary, integrated care contexts. They should be used in conjunction with local policies and procedures.

The standards take into account service delivery both during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, and cover personalised, evidence-informed physiotherapy based on individual needs and referral to other healthcare pathways or programmes as appropriate. 

The standards will be published in early 2022.

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