Graeme Hadlow is an Extended Scope Practitioner within the new Foot and Ankle Service at Sussex MSK Partnership East (SMSKPE).
His role is to assess and manage patients who have been referred to the foot and ankle service because first line interventions have been unsuccessful or there is diagnostic uncertainty. As an ESP Graeme is qualified to request appropriate diagnostic imaging, blood tests and carry out procedures such as guided injections and referrals for surgery when necessary. This means that most patients can be treated in a community setting rather than having to go to hospital.
There are many advantages for the patients who are seen in a community setting through the SMSKPE pathway, rather than in hospital. Graeme said: “Patients will be seen quickly and usually conveniently closer to their home or workplace. They receive expert evidence-based opinions from clinicians who have access to investigations including x-ray, ultrasound and MRI. This service model provides a good patient experience, is cost effective and can reduce the waiting list load upon hospitals and staff. It’s a one stop shop service for MSK patients.”
Alongside his role with SMSKPE Graeme is a clinical MSK lead for the podiatry team for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and teaches MSK practice to undergraduate podiatrists. He graduated in Podiatry and holds a master level diploma in Clinical Biomechanics. He has a special interest in injection therapies for pain management and intends to complement this with a qualification in ultrasonography to enhance his practice.
Graeme came into podiatry and MSK medicine from a sport and fitness background and as a qualified running coach, is well-placed to assess injured patients who want to get back to full fitness.
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