Northumbria Healthcare NHS team up with Connect Health to improve services

Northumbria Healthcare NHS has teamed up with Connect Health after being awarded a new contract to improve services for patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders.

Tuesday, 11th June 2019, 3:10 pm
Updated Friday, 14th June 2019, 2:16 pm

The Trust has been granted the contract from the NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) following a comprehensive procurement process.

The new service is for patients in Northumberland aged 16 and over with MSK or pain issues where all other conservative treatments have been considered.

The term musculoskeletal condition includes more than 200 disorders affecting joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues. Some of the most common conditions that would be seen in the new service include back pain, sprains and strains, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.

Dr John Warrington, director for planned care for the CCG, said: “The successful bid was of a high standard with some exciting developments that will enhance the care of Northumberland patients.”

The CCG carried out a period of engagement to provide patients and GPs with an opportunity to comment on how the new service should be designed.

Nicky Moon, deputy director for the Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the preferred bidder and together with Connect Health, we are looking forward to delivering the best possible service for the people of Northumberland. We are currently working with staff on the implementation plan.”

MSK problems are the most common reason for repeat appointments with a GP.