Homerton University Foundation Trust: Locomotor Service

The Locomotor service is a community based musculoskeletal interface service. Its team of Extended Scope Physiotherapists manage complex conditions referred from primary care.

To improve the patients’ journey and avoid delay in secondary care diagnostics ESPs have have trained to become musculoskeletal sonographers to provide diagnostic ultrasound as well as ultrasound guided injections for the MSK conditions they encounter in their clinics in a primary care setting.

This was a clinician-led initiative influenced by patient feedback, and has led to a reduction in MRI imaging requests, improved patient satisfaction, improved orthopedic conversion rates, reduced the number of follow ups required and has ultimately been a cost effective change.

The judging panel felt that this project had clearly articulated value and process that could be replicated.

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