MSK & Rheumatology

For the latest updates on MSK services during the Covid pandemic, always check the NCL Covid-19 GP website.

The Arthirtis and Musculoskeletal Alliance has updated its guidance on Urgent and Emergency Musculoskeletal Conditions Requiring Onward Referral (v2, 3 December 2020).

Area specific guidance for Camden

Please note that all patients referred to spinal neurosurgery will be managed by Camden MSKs Single Point of Referral for triage

GP education – if you wish to host an MSK education session in your practice please email


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Guidance: Urgent and emergency MSK conditions requiring onward referral

NCL Wide Updated guidance following specialist guidance document produced during first phase of pandemic
Feb 4th, 2021
Service Updates

Chronic Pain Advice & Guidance Service available to all GPs from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

NCL Wide Help for GP colleagues who need rapid advice from experienced pain management specialists
Jan 14th, 2021
Clinical Updates

Extension of Serious Shortage Protocols: Salazopyrin/Fluoxetin

Islington Both extended to 8 January 2021
Dec 9th, 2020

Supporting healthcare professionals to improve patient care and outcomes

Camden PHE has produced a training course that is supported by Camden Council’s Active Living Team
Dec 9th, 2020
Service Updates

Paediatric MSK Physiotherapy Service Update

Islington New service for children up to 18 years old with complex MSK concerns
Nov 25th, 2020
Service Updates

Service Update: Musculoskeletal (MSK) Services

Islington Please do not book directly into Orthopaedics, Pain and Rheumatology Consultant Clinics via eRS
Nov 18th, 2020
Service Updates

MSK Single Point of Access Rolls Out to All Practices

Islington MSK service back after Covid restrictions, service rolls out to all GPs in Islington and Haringey
Aug 12th, 2020
Service Updates

MSK online resources during the COVID-19 outbreak

Camden Pain management support, home exercise and emotional well-being
Mar 30th, 2020
Service Updates

Changes to MRI Pathway for MSK Conditions

Islington Knee and lumbar spine guidance changes
Mar 11th, 2020

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Last updated: Feb 23rd, 2021
Review date: Oct 10th, 2021