Meet the MSK team 

Our team:

  • Fiona Yung, Divisional Manager for Clinical Support Services, Pathology & Camden MSK
  • Jonathan Hearsey: Clinical Lead Camden MSK
  • Lorraine Patel: Programme Lead, Camden MSK
  • Cass Jones: Clinical Project Lead, Camden MSK
  • Paul Kidman: Joint Lead Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner, Camden MSK
  • Nic Lyne: Joint Lead Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner, Camden MSK
  • Cristina Serrao: Patient Director, Camden MSK
  • Nicola Dimech: Personal Assistant & Project Support, Camden MSK
  • Jasbir Channa: Administration Service Manager Camden MSK 

  • What is Camden MSK?

    The Camden Musculoskeletal (MSK) Service is a new model of care that will integrate a full range of MSK services available throughout Camden. This will include provisions for your MSK assessment, diagnosis, treatment, advice, education and care planning, as close to your home as is appropriate, based on clinical need.

    Camden MSK will be delivering a Single Point of Access (SPOA) for all musculoskeletal referrals made by Camden GPs. The function of the SPOA is to triage, transfer and case manage for both patients and referrers. The SPOA will be managed by a multidisciplinary clinical and administration team, with representation from all Camden MSK partner organisations and consultant specialists.

    This will ensure that your care is streamlined, stopping you from being unnecessarily referred back and forth across different MSK specialties, and ensuring that you are directed to the most appropriate service first time.

    The lead provider of Camden MSK is University College London Hospital (UCLH) but the service is delivered in partnership with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Connect Health, Camden’s GP Federations (Haverstock Healthcare and CHE) and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

  • Who are Camden MSK?

    Camden MSK services are comprised of a wide range of highly skilled and experienced clinical staff including:

    • Physiotherapists
    • Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners
    • Podiatrists
    • Pain specialists
    • Rheumatologists
    • Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Physiotherapy

    Physiotherapists diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems from simple sprains to complex acute and chronic conditions including arthritis and chronic lower back pain without the need for you to go to hospital. In Camden, musculoskeletal physiotherapy services are provided by Connect Health, in partnership with the NHS, as well as by University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Free hospitals. A physiotherapist will be able to assess you at a choice of conveniently located centres throughout Camden.
    Physiotherapy for MSK conditions involves the assessment and treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, spinal discs, nerves and other structures to maintain or restore/maximise your optimum functional level whether that involves work/sport/hobbies. Advice for the management of conditions independently

    It covers a number of different techniques including joint manipulation and mobilisation, massage, hydrotherapy, exercise programmes, electrotherapy, sport-specific rehab and, in some cases, acupuncture.

    Connect Health’s Physiotherapy team, Camden.

    Connect Health’s Physiotherapy team, Camden.

  • Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner

    Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners (APP’s) are Specialist Physiotherapists who work in the Physiotherapy and Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (CATS) and are an excellent demonstration of integrated working between all partners within MSK. As well as delivering highly specialist care in community MSK CATS clinics, our APPS work in hospital orthopaedic, rheumatology and pain clinics alongside consultants. This enables the streamlining of patient care, gives APPs ongoing consultant support for complex patients and avoids costly (and unnecessary) referrals into hospitals for many patients. Many APP’s are independent prescribers too, and can prescribe analgesia and give medication advice for MSK patients, avoiding unnecessary GP appointments and waits.

    APP’s also attend hospital meetings to discuss complex cases with radiology doctors and spinal surgeons. Again this helps avoid unnecessary and expensive onward referrals into hospital care.

  • Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (CATS)

    Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners assess patients with disorders and injuries of the bones and muscles. The aim of the CATS clinic is to assess patients and determine the most appropriate course of action to manage and improve their symptoms. CATS allows patients to be assessed and, where required, investigated and treated quickly for many different musculoskeletal conditions, including:

    • Back and neck pain
    • Sciatica
    • Osteoarthirits
    • Sports injuries
    • Joint pains (hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow and hand problems)
    • Nerve entrapment, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Foot problems, such as bunions, plantar fasciitis
    • Biomechanical problems in need of orthotics (artificial supports or braces)
  • Camden Pain Service

    Camden Pain Service (formerly known as CPAMS) is made up of medical consultants, specialist physiotherapists, clinical psychologists and nurse specialists.

    We accept all patients with MSK Pain. If secondary pain services are required we will refer on having seen and assessed the patient.

    Referrals to the Camden Pain Service are made through the Camden MSK  Single Point Of Access (SPOA). Once received by the pain team the referral will be triaged by a clinician into either Advanced Practice Physiotherapist (APP) assessment or to a consultant clinic. They will review any test results, provide an explanation of why pain persists and review pain medication (or other interventions that could be helpful).

    Most patients will then be offered appointments with a pain management physiotherapist and/or a clinical psychologist. Pain management therapies can be provided either individually or through the 9 week pain management group programme.

    All our clinicians specialise in chronic pain and work closely as a team to support people struggling to live with chronic pain. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to cure pain but the Camden MSK pain team will help you find ways to manage your pain and have a better quality of life. They can help you start doing more of what matters to you without making the pain worse and learn how to manage pain flare-ups. The team can also support you with the emotional impact of living with pain The CPS does not provide passive therapy such as massage or acupuncture, but instead focuses on active approaches to rehabilitation, improving function and building confidence to self-manage pain. The overall aim is to help patients to live better, fuller lives in spite of pain.

  • Podiatry

    Podiatrists are health care professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They can also treat and alleviate day-to-day foot problems, including toenail problems, such as thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails. corns and calluses.

    For patients with foot and lower limb musculoskeletal problems, Camden MSK Podiatrists provide assessment and management for various conditions such as plantar fasciitis, ankle pain, Achilles tendinopathy, tibilias posterior muscle dysfunction, arthropathies related foot deformity and pain, foot-related knee pain, digital neuroma, and toe deformity related conditions and pain such hallux valgus.

  • Trauma and Orthopaedics

    Orthopaedic surgery is a branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopaedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal injuries, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, bone tumours, and congenital limb deformities. 

    Trauma surgery and traumatology is a sub-specialty dealing with the operative management of fractures, major trauma and the multiply-injured patient. 

    Conditions treated:

    • We care for patients with the following conditions or injuries:
    • Cartilage defects that require transplantation
    • Crush injuries
    • Hip and knee replacements
    • Deformities
    • Failed joint replacement
    • Impingement
    • Infected bones and joints
    • Knee ligament injuries including cruciate and anterior ligament reconstruction
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Sports injuries 
    • Bunions and other foot and ankle conditions


  • Rheumatology

    Rheumatology is a branch of medicine concerned with the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with arthritis and other conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Several musculoskeletal conditions also affect other body systems. Rheumatology includes multiple disorders affecting joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues, including inflammatory arthritis and several systemic autoimmune conditions, vasculitis, soft tissue problems, spinal pain and osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases.

    We care for patients with the following conditions:

    • Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and other inflammatory arthritis
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus, Systemic sclerosis, Sjogren’s syndrome, Myositis, Vasculitis and other autoimmune rheumatic diseases
    • Gout and other crystal arthropathies
    • Osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Spinal pain
    • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain syndrome
    • Hypermobility

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