Be part of the discussion

We want your input on a range of services we commission. Below are the opportunities for you to get involved:

Musculoskeletal conditions - join our patient group


Musculoskeletal conditions - patient group

Castle Point & Rochford and Southend Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for commissioning Healthcare services for South East Essex. Services provided for patients with musculoskeletal conditions (MSK) are currently provided by your local GP practices, Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust (SUHFT) and a small number of community providers.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) means a disorder, or injury with your muscles, bones, or joints.

The CCGs are undertaking a review of these services in order to determine current efficiency and value for money, with a view to redesigning the way that they are delivered. There is much evidence that the best service designs are informed by clinicians and patients so the CCGs are setting up a Patient Advisory Group to work alongside an existing Clinical Advisory Group (MSK Network Group). The two groups will inform and critique the current provision of service and then consider positive changes that would make significant improvements. Patient experience and value for money will be our priorities

The Patient Group will perform a very significant role in the future development of MSK services by representing the larger patient population. The Group will work together to:

  • inform the MSK Network Group (clinicians and service managers) on areas of service that require improving and how successful it is from the patient’s perspective 
  • advise on the development of future changes that will promote innovative ways of working, to provide a service that meets service users’ needs as fully and as simply as possible.
  • actively support and promote agreed developments through to implementation 
  • support the MSK Network Group in the development of required patient information/ communications

If you or someone you know has a lived experience of local MSK services and would like to be part of these discussion please contact Amanda Shears, Patient Engagement Officer on Direct Line 01268 464546; Mobile 07580 904824; Email

We have also developed an online survey focusing on how you use Musculoskeletal Services and are keen to seek your views to identify opportunities to ensure that musculoskeletal services offer patients the right care at the right time.  If you would like to take part in the survey please click

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