Service information and GP MSK resources

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Whittington Healthís musculoskeletal service provides a Single Point of Access pathway on e-RS for all Haringey and Islington adult referrals for musculoskeletal conditions. Referrals are triaged by a senior clinician and then booked into the most appropriate service to ensure timely access to the correct service.
We are committed to providing high quality patient care through our evidence-based approach to assessment and treatment.
Our team of clinicians are experienced in assessment, treatment and management of a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
Musculoskeletal services include:
MSK Physiotherapy services
AQP back and neck pain physiotherapy (Haringey only)
MSK Clinical assessment and treatment service (MSK CATS) for more complex MSK presentations that havenít responded to physiotherapy and primary care management
MSK podiatry services
Pain service

MSK Physiotherapy services
We are the NHS provider of physiotherapy healthcare services in Haringey and Islington, offering a comprehensive range of community physiotherapy services to the local population.
The services we provide include:
  • Assessment, diagnosis and evidence-based management of all musculoskeletal conditions
  • Chronic pain service including improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), workshops, move and stretch classes
  • Lower limb service including rehabilitation classes and osteoarthritis knee classes
  • Spinal rehabilitation service including spinal fitness classes and back to fitness classes
  • Upper limb service
  • Injection therapy (internal physiotherapist referral to service only)
  • Direct onward referral for investigations (including X-ray and MRI) and for specialist opinions from a consultant if appropriate

MSK clinical assessment and treatment service (MSK CATS)
MSK CATS service is for patients with complex musculoskeletal presentations how have not responded to conservative management who may require specialist assessment, access to diagnostics and possibly onward referral to secondary care. It is also for MSK patients who may require peripheral soft tissue, peri-articular and articular injections.
MSK CATS is run by specialist staff with many yearsí experience, including extended scope physiotherapy practitioners and a GP with a special interest (GPwSI) in musculoskeletal medicine. The team has close links with secondary care consultants in orthopaedics, rheumatology and chronic pain.
The clinicians in the team are able to refer directly for investigations and can refer to secondary care as appropriate.

Contact us

For general physiotherapy queries, please call 020 3224 4789 or email

For new referrals and AQP referrals, please contact our Central Bookings team on 020 3316 1111.

For MSK CATS referrals, please call 020 3224 4744.
For MSK Single Point of Access referral queries please call 02072883317.
Last updated12 Aug 2019
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