MSK Physiotherapy teams muscle in on Chairman’s Award

Physiotherapists in Doddington, Ely and Wisbech have won an award for the innovative way they’ve worked together to reduce waiting times.

The musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy teams from Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust have been recognised by the Trust’s chairman, who hands out a quarterly innovation award to front line staff that come up with new ways to improve services.

The three MSK physiotherapy teams worked together to introduce improved systems which have significantly reduced waiting times for referrals and assessments, so that people get the help they need more quickly and are less likely to develop more serious problems.

This can include self-management, regular appointments with a physiotherapist, exercise groups and equipment clinics, as well as signposting to other activities that may help them such as healthy walks and exercise referral schemes

Sarah Saul, Head of Service for MSK, nominated the team for the award and said “The team’s commitment to their patients is exemplary. I am thrilled with the way the teams have looked at how they can improve their services to the patients they look after. These include increasing physiotherapy led classes, streamlining assessments and introducing needs assessments. They thoroughly deserve the award.”

Heather Peck, Chairman, said: “I am extremely proud of the commitment our staff demonstrate, day in day out, to provide high quality services. They are often the unsung heroes of the NHS, and this is one way we recognise their efforts, which make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Winners of the quarterly Chairman’s Innovation Award are reviewed in advance of the Trust’s Annual General Meeting and the one judged to be the best will receive the Chairman’s Annual Outstanding Achievement Award.

Further information about the MSK service can be found on their dedicated website: www.msk.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk