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Newcastle

Intermediate musculoskeletal assessment and treatment team and community physiotherapy service

Newcastle General Hospital

Ensuring you see the right clinician, close to home, and with short waiting times.

Address:

Westgate Road,
Newcastle Upon Tyne

NE4 6BE

Contact:

0191 250 4970

Only call this number if you have been referred by your GP

Westgate Road, , Newcastle Upon Tyne, , NE4 6BE

Clinic Days:

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Important Message:

Help us keep waiting times low by coming to your appointment on time or giving us 48 hours' notice by calling us on the number shown above if you need to cancel. If you miss your appointment or do not give sufficient notice you may be discharged from the service.

Services

We can diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems from simple sprains to complex acute conditions without the need for you to go to hospital. Through our partnership with the NHS, the most appropriate specialist will be able to assess you at a choice of conveniently located GP practices and health centres throughout Gateshead. You can expect fewer overall appointments, a quicker understanding of your condition and a better overall outcome.

Intermediate Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Team service (IMATT)

Many musculoskeletal conditions can be diagnosed and treated in a local community setting without the need for you to go to hospital. Which is precisely how the IMATT service works. It provides patients with faster access to assessment advice and treatment for musculoskeletal conditions.

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Expert team

Our Connect clinicians are approachable and attentive practitioners, who ensure a patient remains the primary focus throughout the entire assessment, treatment and management of their condition.

GP with Special Interest (GPwSI)

What is an extended scope practitioner (ESP)

Extended scope practitioners (ESPs) are physiotherapists working at a high level of expertise who have extended their practice and skills in a specialised clinical area. There are not just extended scope physiotherapists; some podiatrists and occupational therapists also work in extended roles.

Qualifications

Most ESPs have completed Masters level qualification or are working towards an MSc in advanced musculoskeletal (MSK) training which will include injection therapy, radiology, advanced MSK diagnosis and clinical management.

Training

Connect’s continuous professional development programme allows our team of specialists to maintain the high standard of clinical competence in their area of expertise.

Experience

ESPs have a breadth of clinical experience in a number of areas of medical care and advanced rehabilitation. They will also have up-to-date knowledge of the most clinically effective treatments to manage MSK conditions.

What treatments do ESPs specialise in?

  • Advanced rehabilitation
  • Injection therapy
  • Manual therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapies
  • Prescribing medicines to treat MSK conditions
  • Knowledge on referrals for surgery, advanced complex medical conditions and post surgery aftercare

What can I expect?

You will be assessed by an experienced and expert physiotherapist specialising in muscle and joint problems. They will ask a few simple questions about the nature of your problem and carry out a physical examination. They will then diagnose your condition and discuss your management plan options.

Finally, your ESP will discuss with you the most the effective treatment for your clinical condition. They may refer you for diagnostic tests, or recommend treatment options such as self-management, physiotherapy, medication, pain management, or refer you for a surgical opinion.

What is a General Practitioner with Special Interest (GPwSI)?

A GPwSI supplements their role as a generalist by providing an additional specialist service while still working in the community. They help improve clinical services for patients by reducing delays in treatment, improving access and keeping assessment, diagnosis and treatment closer to a patient’s home. 

Qualifications

GPwSI’s will have general medical training as a general practitioner (GP), but will also have advanced musculoskeletal (MSK) training which will include injection therapy, radiology, advanced MSK diagnosis and clinical management.

Training

Connect’s continuous professional development programme allows our team of specialists to maintain the high standard of clinical competence in their area of expertise.

Experience

A GP with special interest will have a breadth of clinical experience in a number of areas of medical care and advanced rehabilitation. They will also have up-to-date knowledge of the most clinically effective treatments to manage MSK conditions.

What treatments do GPwSIs specialise in?

  • Injection therapy
  • Prescribing medicines to treat MSK conditions
  • Knowledge on referrals for surgery, advanced complex medical conditions and post surgery aftercare

What can I expect?

You will be assessed by a doctor specialising in muscle and joint problems. They will ask a few simple questions about the nature of your problem and carry out a physical examination. They will then diagnose your condition and discuss your management plan options.

Finally, your GPwSI will discuss with you the most the effective treatment for your clinical condition. They may refer you for diagnostic tests, or recommend treatment options such as self-management, physiotherapy, medication, pain management, or refer you for a surgical opinion.

Accreditations

All Connect physiotherapists are registered with the Health and Care Professional Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Connect is also a member of the Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association.

  • COHPA - Advancing Occupational Health.
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.
  • Care Quality Commission.
  • Health Professions Council.