NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group is trialling a new system for the next 12 months to improve services for patients with musculoskeletal problems.
Musculoskeletal conditions, from sprains to arthritis, account for nearly 30 per cent of all primary care consultations, requiring effective services, offering comprehensive assessment, diagnoses, treatment and onward referral to the right place, at the right time.
Dr Chris Herman, a former local GP who has been the clinical lead for the MSK Redesign in Milton Keynes, said; “The new MSK system in Milton Keynes will ensure that patients are directed to the most appropriate person to care for them, first time. This will mean more patients will be seen and treated in the community rather than in hospital, reducing the number of inappropriate referrals and requests for MRI scans.
“The service has been designed and commissioned by local GPs in partnership with patients and clinicians and will improve patient experience whilst providing good value for money services. We’re also looking at how in future we can work with voluntary sector organisations and charities to provide better information and support for patients with MSK conditions.”
The new service has been designed and commissioned by local GPs with patients and specialist clinicians in Milton Keynes. It is based on similar systems operating around the country.