Sussex MSK Partnership East (SMSKPE) is the local NHS organisation for East Sussex that manages the care and treatment of patients with bone, joint and muscle conditions (musculoskeletal or MSK for short). Our service also provides care and support for Rheumatology patients and those with chronic pain.
Sussex MSK Partnership East is an NHS musculoskeletal (MSK) referral management service. Referrals come to us to be directed to their most clinically appropriate destinations.
Many patients who come through our service may to be directed to their local Physiotherapy provider for some initial diagnosis and input. Otherwise patients may be appropriate for one of our other services, like community appointments with an Advanced Practitioner, who specialises in the area of their complaint. They could also be triaged to see a consultant, or a clinician within the Pain Management service. They could also be directed to a pathway like Rheumatology, Podiatry or Surgical Appliances etc.
All patients referrals are assessed by our clinical team to determine the best care pathway for their individual needs and situation.
Our Patient Care Advisors will contact you and offer you a choice of location, date and time.
Sussex MSK Partnership East (SMSKPE) does not provide urgent services. However, we do recognise that some patients referred to us require more timely access to care. This may be to ensure certain clinical conditions do not deteriorate further and cause harm to a patient or to support those patients who’s quality of life is most significantly being affected by their condition. All referrals received by SMSKPE are clinically triaged and placed on either routine or urgent waiting lists to recognise these factors. If you believe your symptoms are getting worse, or your MSK condition is causing a more significant impact on your quality of life compared to when you were referred, you are encouraged to contact us to discuss the urgency of your referral.
MSK is short for “musculoskeletal”. This term covers problems, diseases and injuries relating to muscles, bones and joints.
Advanced Practitioners (APs) are physiotherapists with additional experience and training which enables them to diagnose and treat a wider range of conditions. APs usually specialise in a particular area of the body, for example, spine, shoulder, hips, knees, foot and ankle.
An FCP, or a First Contact Practitioner, is a healthcare professional working in primary care (usually general practice), seeing patients as their ‘first contact’. They may be employed directly by the GP’s or by a service such as Sussex MSK Partnership. To read more CLICK HERE
Sussex MSK Partnership East offers an open self-referral pathway for physiotherapy, without the need to see your GP first. Find out more below:
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SMSKPE works in partnership with The Medical Imaging Partnership (MIP) to provide all patients with diagnostic services. We do not directly book your diagnostics, please contact MIP regarding your booking, their locations and any questions regarding this aspect of your journey. CLICK HERE
If you fail to attend one appointment, we will be in touch to inform you of this occourance. If persistent non-attendance occurs, we will discharge you from our care until a time where you are able to better engage with our services. We will also inform you and your GP in this event. If you know that you are going to be late or unable to attend an appointment, please let us know by getting in touch at your earliest opportunity.
If you would like to know more see our Terms and Conditions.
We understand that there are times when you cannot or do not need to attend an appointment that has been arranged.
Please CONTACT US as soon as possible so that we can re-book you for a more mutually convenient time. Any missed appointment can cost the NHS up to £120 and adds to waiting times. Please afford us as much time as possible if you are unable to attend so that we can continue to utilise all available clinic time effectively.
Waiting times across providers and specialities vary frequently from week to week. Try checking our section for Average Waiting Times
Where able, we use local providers to ensure that, whoever you need to see, you can be seen close to home by a professional as soon as possible.
We are careful to maintain waiting times to give everyone in East Sussex access to equitable care.
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