We have been working with you to improve muscle, bone and joint (musculoskeletal) services for the residents of Wolverhampton City.
What are musculoskeletal (MSK) services?
Musculoskeletal services primarily diagnose, treat and care for conditions or injuries that affect muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints and associated tissues for example arthritis, back pain, and osteoporosis. Such services can include treatment by a physiotherapist, podiatrist, rheumatologist or orthopaedic surgeon.
Your involvement so far
We undertook a formal public consultation to capture your views on proposed changes to the MSK service. Download the MSK Consultation Evaluation Report to read the full list of engagement that took place, and the feedback collated.
The new service will be provided from multiple community sites, which will be agreed with the new provider. The process to identify the new provider, also known as procurement, can take some time.
Progress so far
We began the formal procurement process towards the end of 2015 and this ended in Spring 2016. Unfortunately we have been unable to identify and commission a new provider to deliver the service from November 2016 as planned.
Your valuable earlier feedback through the formal consultation was pivotal to the design of the service and will continue to be used to ensure the service meets your needs. Your patient representative will continue to be involved and support the on-going process.
We fully believe that an Integrated MSK service provided in the community will best meet patients’ needs and deliver high quality care. We are committed to securing and delivering a fully integrated service to start in April 2017.