Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and High Weald Lewes Havens CCG are about to embark on a new approach to ensure local patients get an improved level of care for musculoskeletal conditions in the future.
The two CCGs are two of the GP led bodies responsible for commissioning the majority of healthcare services for their local communities.
Musculoskeletal conditions include disorders of muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments or nerves. Common musculoskeletal conditions include lower back or joint pain affecting knees and hips and are generally treated through pre-planned procedures such as appointments with physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeons or pain management clinics for example.
Feedback from patients with musculoskeletal conditions over recent years has shown that whilst many patients receive an excellent service, there are areas that could be improved; including the widespread variation in the way patients are referred, diagnosed and treated across the region and in the limited coordination between different services such as orthopaedics and physiotherapy.
In many cases patients also have to travel significant distances for support that could be provided much closer to home. Responding to patient feedback the CCGs are about to embark on a process to commission a new integrated MSK service it is the new service which is aimed at achieving a number of factors including enabling patients to receive quicker access to specialist advice, diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation and provide and more treatment opportunities in local and community based settings.