Help Shape MSK services for Arthritis, Rheumatism, Back Pain etc


Berkshire West CCG has been revising the pathways for patients with Musculoskeletal conditions over the past several years, with the new approach recently having been introduced for people with knee problems, as the changes move forward.

People who have musculoskeletal conditions are being invited to take part in upcoming online events to help shape future NHS services.

The feedback sessions will be held on Tuesday 22 June 2021, 4pm-6pm and Thursday 24 June 2021, 10am-12pm.

People with MSK conditions, or voluntary sector organisations that support them, are invited to the sessions. People should confirm their attendance by Friday 18 June by emailing karen.grannum@nhs.net .

Carl Davies, director of MSK/Ortho at Berkshire West Integrated Care Partnership, said: “Musculoskeletal conditions (MSK) is an umbrella term that includes over 200 different conditions affecting the human frame, for example joints, bones, muscles, soft tissue problems, rheumatic conditions, chronic pain and orthopaedics to name just a few. A large number of GP appointments are MSK related and we are committed to providing our local people with a wide range of services that deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”

He added: “Conscious of the need to consider the wider, social factors of health, we are keen to ensure we build something that reaches patients who may traditionally fall between clinical services and who may need additional help i.e. receive social support, require further education regarding their condition or information and signposting to existing services. What this looks like is down to the service users, and those who may currently support them outside of traditional clinical services.”

The Berkshire West Integrated Partnership is made of NHS funding bodies and providers of care for people in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire