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Musculoskeletal (MSK) portfolio

This page provides links to GIRFT specialties and projects within which strands of their work focus on musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and pathways.

The NHS Long Term plan, published in 2019, identified MSK conditions as one of the key long term conditions responsible for a substantial amount of poor health in the population. Since 2019, ‘MSK problems’ have continued to be among the top three reasons for sickness absence in the UK, and in 2022 this equated to 19.5 million work days. (ONS 2022)

The GIRFT programme has more than 40 workstreams reviewing clinical specialties. Of these, eight involve a focus on MSK conditions (see box below).

GIRFT clinical leads working within GIRFT’s MSK portfolio include: