Musculoskeletal Services in Oxfordshire

MSK Musculoskeletal assessment triage and treatment services update

 June 2022 

The contract for the provision of the Oxfordshire Community MSK service, currently provided by Healthshare Ltd, is due to end 30 September 2022. The service was last commissioned for Oxfordshire in 2016/17, with the current contract starting in October 2017. The service completed its three-year contract term and entered the final two-year extension. At this time Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) started a programme of procurement for the service which is now complete. Connect Health has been appointed to take over the contract from 1 October 2022.  

The Oxfordshire Community MSK service is a large service, receiving between 5,000 – 6,000 referrals per month in Oxfordshire, and the quality of which has important knock-on effects across the whole MSK care system.

The procurement included reviewing service feedback from patients and GPs and input from the Pain Management, Orthopaedics and Rheumatology services at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) and Oxfordshire GPs, the MSK Taskforce and the current provider Healthshare. Learning from the Oxfordshire Health Overview and Scrutiny Task and Finish Group was also incorporated and has informed the procurement process.

OCCG has awarded the contract for the Oxfordshire Community MSK service to Connect Health from October 2022.

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For a summary of prior work please see the MSK update from 2015 to 2022