MSKAPS (Musculoskeletal Advanced Practitioner Service) is a specialist service which GPs and other health care professional can refer to for assessment of a musculoskeletal problem (a problem with their muscles, bones or joints such as lower back pain) which has not be helped by the usual management methods for the condition, such as exercises, medication, rest, physiotherapy or podiatry.
The team includes highly specialised physiotherapists, podiatrists and GPs plus admin support. Every member of the clinical team has had specialist training in musculoskeletal conditions.
Clinics are run in a number of locations across the county. The team also has close links with local GPs, other health professionals and services within local communities such as exercise and support groups.
The assessment is carried out by an advanced physiotherapy or podiatry practitioner at a variety of clinical sites within Gloucestershire. Following the assessment a plan will be made between the health professional and yourself recommending the best course of action for your particular problem.
You will also have the opportunity to discuss and receive information on your condition and how you can manage it most effectively.
About your appointment
What do I need for my appointment?
Please bring a list of your current medication or your completed pre assessment form. You may be required to undress for the assessment to take place and may see a male or female specialist. Please let us know beforehand if you would like a chaperone or if this poses any difficulties for you. If your problem is complex you may see more than one practitioner during your consultation.
What happens after my appointment?
Courses of action may include:
- Referral to physiotherapy
- Referral to podiatry
- Further investigations such as X-Ray or MRI scan
- Injection therapy
- Review of medication by specialised GP
- Referral into a local community group such as active lifestyles
- Referral onto a consultant
What if I need to see a consultant?
If the MSKAPS team recommend that you need to see a consultant they will discuss the choice of consultant and location with y. They will refer you for any appropriate investigations (such as an x-ray) before you attend your consultant appointment. The reason for this is so that as much information as possible is with the consultant before your appointment, which speeds up your treatment.
How can I give feedback on the service?
MSKAPS has a structured on-going programme surveying patients during and after treatment. If you are sent a questionnaire, we hope you will be able to assist us by completing and returning it. Our questionnaires ask condition-specific questions designed to measure the effectiveness of our clinical work as well as more general questions.
Your GP will refer you to the service following a consultation. We will contact you as soon as we receive the referral from your GP. This will be to make an appointment for an assessment at the most convenient location available.
Whilst you are waiting for your appointment, you may find it beneficial to access getUbetter. This app can help with your condition which is linked to our local Musculoskeletal Pathways.
To access, please scan the QR Code and it will take you direct to a registration page or visit: app.getubetter.com/request-access