ABOUT THE SERVICE…
The Sunderland Integrated Musculoskeletal Service is commissioned by Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (Sunderland General Practitioners) and commenced providing services from 1st October, 2015. The service is provided by South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust working in partnership with City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust to provide, to the residents of Sunderland, comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions affecting bones, joints, spine, soft tissue, muscles or ligaments.
Our team consists of Specialist Physiotherapists, General Practitioners with a Special Interest in Musculoskeletal Conditions, and Consultants with expertise in conditions affecting mobility, function and wellbeing. We are supported by administrative staff and Technical Instructors. Our team is able to arrange referral and access to secondary care services such as Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Pain Management as well as health and wellbeing services such as Improving Access to Psychological Services (IAPT), Move to Improve and Sports Leisure Management, Live Life Well and Age UK. We are able to arrange diagnostic tests such as x-rays and MRI as well as undertake interventional treatments including joint injections. If needed, we’re able to discuss surgical procedures with you and offer you a choice of Secondary Care provider. We will provide you with relevant information and assistance on how you can best manage and/or improve your condition and will involve you in all decisions regarding your care and welfare.
Access to our service is via your GP who will provide us with some information regarding the symptoms and pain you may be experiencing. We’ll then identify the most appropriate member of our team (or referral to another more appropriate service) for you to see and contact you to arrange an appointment with choice of a number of convenient locations across Sunderland.
We have a strong interest in the quality of our services, including our patient’s experience and outcome of treatments. You may be invited to participate in providing feedback. We also provide our services in line with recognised guidance and standards such as that advised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Our staff are registered with regulatory bodies such as Health and Care Professions Council and General Medical Council as well as being members of their respective professional bodies such as Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and Royal College of General Practitioners. Our service is registered with and meets the standards of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We actively seek and participate in research opportunities as well as other improvement initiatives to ensure the best possible care informed by current best practice is available to you.