Transformation Directorate

Musculoskeletal (MSK) pathway

A step by step guide to the musculoskeletal (MSK) pathway

  1. Self management

    Digital support for patients seeking self-help resources when they are needed the most

  2. Referral management

    Provide advice and guidance and self-referral to receive virtual advice easily

  3. Primary care

    Early access to diagnostics and advice for primary care: support for staff with quick advice, including advanced communication tools and image sharing where helpful

  4. Diagnostics

    Remote reporting on diagnostics: shared care records and diagnostic networks that support sharing of patient information

  5. Outpatients

    Streamlined digital pathways: booking appointments (most are virtual) and messaging of clinical teams managed through portals and remote platforms

  6. Surgery/inpatient

    Pre-operative assessment and collection of post-operative clinical outcomes and prehabilitation resources for patients

  7. Community services and rehabilitation

    Digital solutions to enable urgent and routine referrals to secondary care and to support shared decision making for diagnostics, support physiotherapy management and rehabilitation for patients

  8. Discharge

    Providing accurate information and supporting people to manage their own condition following discharge

  9. Patient-initiated follow-up (PIFU) after discharge

    Digital ways to support patients booked for a PIFU appointment using agreed criteria