Patients in Telford and Wrekin suffering bone, muscle or joint problems will be cared for closer to home and in a more streamlined and efficient way with the launch of a new service in the area.
Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, the organisation responsible for buying local healthcare, announced this week a new partnership of local organisations would be delivering the new Integrated Community Musculoskeletal (MSK) Service.
The consortium of local healthcare providers will be led by Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, in partnership with the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Pain Management Solutions.
The new service – which is set to start on 1 July 2015 - will bring healthcare professionals together to streamline the way patients are referred, assessed and treated.
It will provide an MSK Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service, which includes Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, MSK Related Pain, Podiatry including Orthotics and Physiotherapy.
The aim is to deliver a high-quality service built around the needs of the patient, as an alternative to hospital-based care for patients within Telford and Wrekin that have been referred by GPs and other Healthcare professionals.
By ensuring everyone referred into the service comes from a single source, the team delivering the service will be able to ensure patients are being seen by the right people in the right place as quickly as possible.
Where a patient does need more specialist hospital care the service will manage any pre-operative work, offer a choice of healthcare provider and then draw up a care plan so the patient can be discharged from hospital and return home with the appropriate support as early as possible.
Dr Michael Innes, speaking on behalf of Telford and Wrekin CCG and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said: “We’re really excited about the potential of the new service to really deliver a positive impact to the care of people in Telford and Wrekin suffering bone, muscle and joint problems.
“A joined-up service like this, delivered by a group of local organisations bringing all their skills and expertise together, will give people the care they need in a smooth and efficient way and allow them to be treated closer to home and avoid any unnecessary trips to hospital.”