Musculoskeletal (MSK) clinical assessment triage and treatment services in the Vale of York
NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has formally announced Healthshare Clinical Services as the provider of the musculoskeletal (MSK) clinical assessment triage and treatment services in the Vale of York.
The new service contract, which begins on 1 November 2015, will deliver the strategic initiatives identified in the CCG’s Five Year Plan 2014-19 to promote healthy lifestyles, provide timely treatment and support long-term conditions that will improve patients’ quality of life.
In an approach that will support patients to self-manage their condition(s), the contract will deliver a clinical assessment and triage service that will:
- improve quality of life for MSK patients;
- improve patient satisfaction and experience;
- provide high quality information about physiotherapy, exercise, weight management and analgesia;
- improve skills to manage MSK in primary care;
- reduce incidents of recurrent conditions;
- facilitate the achievement of the secondary care 18 week target;
- deliver efficiency and choice in referrals;
- deliver quality services and value for money.
Dr Mark Hayes, the CCG’s Chief Clinical Officer said: “Musculoskeletal conditions encompass over 200 disorders that affect joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues.
“In the Vale of York, the incidence of MSK disorders such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, bone and joint diseases are the major cause of the prevalence of chronic pain and physical disability.
“The contract has been awarded for five years until 31 October 2020, with an option to extend for a further two years.
“During this time we will be working closely with Healthshare Clinical Services to oversee the delivery of the contract and the realisation of the strategic initiatives in our five year plan.”