About the service
The community musculoskeletal service (MSK) aims to provide a specialist triage and assessment service for MSK referrals in Barnsley. The service aims to provide the best options for care, ensuring patients are seen by the most appropriate healthcare professional, at the appropriate time and in the appropriate place.
The service provides a high-quality service for adults over the age of 16 who have a spinal, peripheral joint, soft tissue or neuromuscular problem. Children of school age are seen by the children’s therapy services.
The service brings together the previous MSK screening service, MSK assessment and treatment service and musculoskeletal physiotherapy service into one holistic service.
Patients referred to the community MSK service will be assessed by extended scope practitioners, physiotherapists or GPs with a special interest in MSK problems. They will provide advice and, where necessary, investigations to help with diagnosis and management planning. Referrals to either secondary care providers or other primary care therapy services can be made directly from this service. Initial consultations are offered by telephone, video or in person.
Further treatment by the service may include a variety of techniques such as manual therapy, exercise, self-management techniques, advice, posture correction, electrotherapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and groups eg gym and core stability.
The MSK clinicians are working within Primary care as first contact practitioners “Barnsley Physio Works”. This service facilitates access to a highly skilled regulated musculoskeletal clinician, who can ensure patient’s with MSK problems are on the correct Musculoskeletal pathway, providing their MSK assessment, triage, treatment plan and (where appropriate) investigations and referral. This saves both time and resources within primary care teams.
Why would someone choose the service?
- Clinical staff help you to understand the nature of your problem and will help you to return to your best possible potential recovery.
- Our appointments allow you the time to ask questions and be involved in making decisions about your care.
- We work closely with your GP and secondary care consultants to make sure you get the best care available.
- Clinic locations available throughout Barnsley.
Staff you may meet
- There are more than 60 different specialities that doctors work within the NHS. Each is unique but there are many characteristics which are common. Roles range from working in a hospital to being based in the community as a GP.
- There are many people who work behind the scenes to keep services running and you may meet them in hospital or community settings. They include porters, cleaners, plumbers, electricians, decorators receptionists and secretaries who all work to make sure healthcare settings are kept clean, tidy and safe.
- The NHS employs a wide range of clinical staff, it wouldn’t be possible to list them all on this website! All our clinical staff are skilled, dedicated professionals who adhere to high standards of training and work-place practice.
- Receptionists are the first link for many patients and visitors. They often work on their own or with one or two other receptionists, greeting patients as they arrive and check them in. They might also collect patient notes and ensure that these vital records go to the right healthcare professional. In a clinic, they may make appointments and arrange patient transport.