A new truly integrated musculoskeletal service (MICATS) launched in Stafford and Surrounds and Cannock Chase on 1 October 2014. The service provides patients with a one stop access to the wide range of specialties to support the management of their conditions.
Putting patients at the centre of care, MICATS offers a joined up approach to providing multi-disciplinary MSK treatment (including carpal tunnel referrals), chronic pain management (for MSK patients only), rheumatology nursing care and community physiotherapy through a single point of access.
The service is led by a consultant musculoskeletal, sports and exercise physician (SEM) and includes a GP with a Special Interest (GPSI), specialist physiotherapists and podiatrists, community physiotherapists, nursing and pain management specialists.
New clinical pathways have been developed to improve services for patients with musculoskeltal conditions. The pathways were developed by the MSK working group following engagement with patients, consultants and other local clinicans.
The following MSK pathways now agreed by the CCG Membership Board are:
- pdf Foot and ankle pain (219 KB)
- pdf Knee Pain (208 KB)
- pdf Hip Pain (214 KB)
- pdf Hand and Wrist Pain (212 KB)
- pdf Elbow Pain (204 KB)
- pdf Shoulder Pain (364 KB)
- pdf Back Pain (263 KB)
- pdf Rheumatology (377 KB)
There is also a pdf Fact Sheet (337 KB) to provide you with additional information about the new service.