Musculoskeletal Primary Care - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Musculoskeletal primary care programme

The Musculoskeletal (MSK) primary care e-learning programme has been developed to support clinicians working in primary care as first contact practitioners (FCP) in a primary care environment. In a primary care setting it has been reported that a GP will see 20% of their case load as MSK in origin and it has also been highlighted that using the wider workforce, such as physiotherapists, can improve outcomes, give high patient satisfaction, save time and ultimately costs. To support these new models of care organisations have been aligned, through community services, with primary care to develop new pathways of patient management. In doing so there is a need for appropriate training and governance to support staff moving into these new forms of practice.

The MSK core capabilities document, developed by Health Education England (HEE) and in collaboration with numerous national bodies, outlines the expected clinical capabilities that a competent clinician should be able to demonstrate when working as an FCP in primary care. NHS England has made a number of proposals in how expanding the primary care workforce and using the wider clinical community will not only improve the support for primary care, but also get the right patient seeing the right clinician at the right time.

In order to meet the training needs for this group of clinicians, HEE funded the development of a training package of e-learning sessions to support primary care practice in MSK. The package is intended as a resource to support clinical competency assessment and sign off through a clinical training programme. The package provides eight e-learning sessions that look to take the learner through a range of particular primary care issues that are commonly seen as part of an MSK FCP assessment.

Each e-learning session takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and includes, knowledge checks and self-assessments to enable the user to check progress throughout each course. The new resource can be used on smart phones, laptops and tablets and a record of your progress will be recorded for your records.

More information

The e-learning programme consists of 8 sessions;

  • Session 1 – What is Primary Care
  • Session 2 – Identification of the Ill and at Risk
  • Session 3 – Mental Health in Primary Care
  • Session 4 – Complex Decision-making Managing Patients with Comorbidity
  • Session 5 – Public Health
  • Session 6 – Persistent pain
  • Session 7 – Overview of Medicines and Prescribing
  • Session 8 – Serious Pathology of the Spine

Each module includes a self-assessment and a certificate of completion.

Meet the team

  • Jonathan Guy

    Senior Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Alice Denham

    Alice Denham

    Lead Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH staff - Steve Hewitt

    Steve Hewitt

    Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Victoria Ward

    Victoria Ward

    Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare

Authoring team

  • Dr Neil Langridge, Clinical Lead and Consultant Physiotherapist, Musculoskeletal Services, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Greg Warner, Medical Lead, Orthopaedic Choice, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Esther Clift, Consultant Practitioner in Frailty, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Sheila Hardy, Waller Trainer, Practice Nurse Educator, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
  • Amanda Hensman-Crook, Consultant Physiotherapist, One Medical Group and Central Lakes Medical Group
  • Matt Low, Consultant Physiotherapist, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gill Rawlinson, Principal Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire
  • Linda Hindle, Deputy Chief Allied Health Professional Officer, Public Health England
  • Justin Strain, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kathryn Marcus, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dave Baker, Specialist Physiotherapist, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Laura Finucane, Consultant Physiotherapist, Sussex MSK Partnership
  • Dr Sue Greenhalgh, Consultant Physiotherapist, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chris Mercer, Consultant Physiotherapist, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jack March, Rheumatology Clinical Lead, Chews Health
  • Anya de Iongh, Person-Centred Approaches Expert, working as an associate with HEE
  • Petrea Fagan, Person-Centred Approaches Expert, working as an associate with HEE

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Musculoskeletal primary care programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section. Learning section.

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