Physio posts created at new North Yorks MSK service

A new team of extended scope practitioner (ESP) physios, led by a consultant, is being set up after a contract win for an integrated musculoskeletal service in North Yorkshire.

York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the contract to run the musculoskeletal clinical assessment, triage and treatment service.

The new service was commissioned by NHS North Yorkshire and York PCT in conjunction with the local GP consortia. It covers all MSK outpatient physiotherapy, GP referrals for orthopaedics and MSK pain management, podiatry and orthotics. A single point of access for referrals is being introduced and the existing patient self-referral system for physio will be expanded.

A team of eight and a half upper limb and lower limb ESPs (a combination of physios and podiatrists) have been recruited. The team will have access to investigations and can refer patients onto appropriate specialists without the patient having to return to their GP.

The new consultant physio post is aimed at helping develop increasing research and education links between the hospital trust and local higher education institutions.

Melanie Liley, trust directorate manager for therapies and trauma and orthopaedics, said: ‘We are really excited about delivering this innovative service which will definitely improve patient experience. This is a great example of how a provider and commissioner can work collaboratively to improve patient care.’

CSP senior negotiating officer Rosie Lloyd added: ‘This very welcome contract win shows that the NHS can compete successfully against the private sector. It is particularly pleasing that the contract involves the creation of additional physiotherapy posts at a very senior level.’

Gary Henson

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