Musculoskeletal Transformation

Musculoskeletal services across Gwent are embarking on sensational transformational change!

We need enthusiastic, passionate individuals to ensure these extraordinary changes to service delivery in Musculoskeletal (MSK) services are achieved with patients at the heart of the model.

MSK services support people who are affected by and living with an MSK condition. MSK conditions include arthritis as well as other nerve, muscle and tendon disorders that can result in pain, reduced function and a reduction in someone’s well-being. They can affect over 17 million people across the UK and in an aging population, many individuals are living with a combination of other health concerns alongside MSK conditions.

Across Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, our services are changing. We are building better than ever MSK services, providing early access to treatment, with a key ethos of enabling people to help themselves. Allied Health Professional (AHP) teams are a key part of this transformation. AHPs are 13 individual professions allied by their belief in the importance of enabling people to manage their own wellbeing.

To help us transform MSK AHP services we need passionate clinical and administrative team members like you, to support more integrated working between MSK AHP teams, primary care, urgent care and secondary care services such as orthopaedics and rheumatology.

The first workstream of the musculoskeletal transformation programme is the development of:

  • A community MSK AHP Hub for self-referral and triage of requests for help.
  • A network of therapists working within community services consisting of core MSK AHP outpatient services, the MSK Hub, Urgent Primary Care and Minor Injury services.


The role of the MSK Hub is to enable a self-referral option for people to all MSK therapy services within ABUHB. Clinical review of self-referrals is undertaken by podiatry and physiotherapy staff to try to ensure that people are directed to the right team at the right time and wherever possible provide early access to information and advice to support people to self-manage their MSK condition.

The MSK Hub has been developed with a multi-disciplinary approach where podiatrists take the lead to triage all referrals for foot and ankle conditions and physiotherapists for all other conditions.


To integrate with the clinical teams, this opportunity enables senior physiotherapists to support the assessment and signposting for people that attend with an urgent or emergency MSK condition in UPC or at MIU. Clinicians are expected to work as part of the telephone triage team in UPC and between UPC assessment centres and MIU to manage urgent physical assessment and onward referral where required for MSK conditions. There is also the opportunity for you to develop and enhance your skills with minor injury practitioner competencies.

About these roles:
We are seeking enthusiastic physiotherapists, podiatrists and administrators to work with us to develop and deliver this innovative service system. These posts are a mix of high-level clinical leadership and developmental posts to create sustainable service change.


This job gives the opportunity for those therapists who have an interest in developing MSK skills and experience across a wide range of clinical teams and who want to take the next step and lead colleagues into transformation and integration. They will have clinical support from expert therapists, as well as medical, nursing, and senior leadership teams. Alongside clinical sessions in core therapy, adult and children’s services, and MSK self-referral triage, senior physiotherapy staff will also work within UPC and MIU settings.

Find out more about the roles at ABUHB here.


Our aim is to create a quality, patient focused registration and self-referral service for the population of Gwent. Our administrators are not only a key part of the experience for people using our services, but also a vital part in information collection on the quality, outcome, and value of the service we deliver as well as an essential team member in supporting clinical staff. We need compassionate, problem-solving administrative staff who will be fully supported and developed by senior administrative staff and include clinical management support.

Find out more about the roles at ABUHB here.

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