Top tips for implementing the MSK physiotherapy service standards

Five top tips to think about when using the musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy service standards in an MSK pathway or physiotherapy service.

1. Read and share the standards

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Make sure the team understand the relevance and importance of the standards and take time to go through them and address any questions/issues or ideas for implementation with members of the team.

2. Data collection is key

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Have a simple and easy data collection template that can be accessed and utilised. Data collection needs to be accurate in order for maximum service improvement to be achieved. See our standards audit tool and creating meaningful data section of our website. 


3. Delegate and recruit

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Have one lead person in charge of data collection. This can be a great way to get members of the team, including students and support workers involved in audit and data collection and part of wider service improvement opportunities.

4. Prioritise

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These standards do not have to be used and embedded all at the same time. It may be the case that a service needs to focus or prioritise one or two of the standards initially. Over time you can then focus on the standards that are less of a priority. 

5. Dedicate time

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It’s important to have dedicated non-clinical time within any job plan to allow clinicians to participate in audits, data collection and service improvement activity. See the NHS AHP job planning guide for more information. 

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