Fast Track Physiotherapy Referral for GHC Staff

Fast Track Physiotherapy is a designated physiotherapy service for all employees of Gloucestershire Health and Care. You can refer yourself at any time if you are experiencing musculoskeletal pain. We aim to speak to you for a telephone assessment between 2 -7 days following your referral.

The service is run by Miranda Cawkwell. Miranda works full time for the Fast Track service.

We provide assessment and treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is the area of physiotherapy treating injuries and conditions which affect the muscles, joints, and soft tissues.

Injuries which can be treated by musculoskeletal physiotherapy can include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Fracture rehabilitation
  • Tendinopathy

Appointments are around 45 minutes for an initial telephone call. Follow up appointments are shorter, and vary depending on the time required for your individual circumstance. We also offer video appointments using Attend Anywhere. Face to face in person appointments are available on an individual needs basis.

Currently we are based at Stroud, Rikenel and Cirencester Hospital. Although we treat all members of staff throughout the whole Trust including the Forest of Dean and Tewkesbury.

“Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that works with people to identify and maximise their ability to move and function. Functional movement is a key part of what it means to be healthy.

This means that physiotherapy plays a key role in enabling people to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life” (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (MSK) is the assessment and treatment of patients with problems relating to the muscular system, joints and various other structures of the body. These structures might be affected by injury, pain, surgery, posture and dysfunction. Our aim is to restore movement and function to the patient as efficiently as possible.

Your Physiotherapist will carry out a thorough examination; usually discussing in detail your current presentation and how it affects your daily life. This is followed by a physical assessment and discussion of the assessment findings. Finally, your Physiotherapist will select the most appropriate evidence-based treatment option, and assist you in setting your rehabilitation goals.

Training and Qualifications

Physiotherapists complete a three or four-year degree course on an approved training programme. On completion of an approved programme they are eligible for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP). This is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK’s 47,000 Chartered Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy Students and Assistants.

All physiotherapists working in the NHS must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) adhering to codes of professional conduct and behaviour and fulfilling standards of professional practice.