30th July 2018

Image: Musculoskeletal framework.Skills for Health, with Health Education England, NHS England, Public Health England and the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) today launch a new framework aimed at practitioners who will be the first point of contact for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

Benefits of the New Framework

The Musculoskeletal Core Capabilities Framework sets out the essential skills and knowledge necessary for staff with a role as a first point of contact for adults presenting with undiagnosed MSK conditions. The framework is relevant to different types of service provision and settings, and will provide healthcare services with:

  • Easy to use framework, detailing required capabilities in a coherent manner
  • Clear steps and actions that support local health economies to improve service delivery and patient outcomes

The framework was developed by a collaborative team of stakeholders and representative organisations. It helps to ensure patients get improved access to person-centred musculoskeletal care and support early on, with musculoskeletal expertise part of the frontline general practice and primary care team. This approach could transform patient experiences, enabling people to stay at work or return to work more quickly, require less treatment at a later stage and have a much better overall quality of life.

“We are delighted to have worked with our partners in HEE, NHS England, Public Health England and ARMA in producing this framework.” 

- John Rogers

John Rogers, Chief Executive of Skills for Health comments: “Musculoskeletal conditions can have devastating consequences for some people. The first contact practitioner framework aims to support the workforce and to support the public to have confidence in a range of professions working within the primary care setting.”

Who is the Musculoskeletal Core Capabilities Framework for?

The framework is aimed at service commissioners in organisations and those with some level of responsibility for development of the workforce (e.g. commissioning, planning or delivering education, training and learning). The framework provides a focus on the workforce capability to support shared decision-making, care and planning as well as prevention, self-management, fitness for work and meaningful behaviour change. There are therefore synergies with other frameworks, such as the Person-Centred Approaches Framework.

Commissioned by HEE and NHS England to ensure that people with MSK problems get rapid access to the right care from first point of contact and are fully involved through shared decision making and self-management.

Please download a copy of the framework here.

This framework is one of a suite of core skills / core capabilities frameworks.

Further information and access to all core skills / core capabilities frameworks is available at: www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/cstf