Musculoskeletal Service for Back and Neck Pain – Osteopathic Clinic
As of 01/12/12 GP practices in Cornwall will be able to access a new Osteopathic clinic based in:
This service is delivered by South Devon Osteopaths on behalf of the NHS in Cornwall to provide services under the DoH Any Qualified Provider (AQP) scheme. The service aims to provide patients and GP increased choice with clinics based in safe, familiar, community settings. Clinics will be staffed by Osteopaths and provide assessment, diagnosis and hands on treatment for patients suffering neck and low back pain with or without radiation via GP referral.
Patients will be seen for a 45 minute initial assessment and four further 30 minute follow up appointments appropriate to clinical need ( to a maximum of four appointments). During the sessions patients will receive hands on treatment which may include:
A strong emphasis is placed on self management to include; hand outs on education, postural advice and home exercise – with time spent discussing the patient’s complaint with the use of models and pictures. All advice and intervention will be in keeping with NICE guidelines CG88 on low back pain and the DoH neck and back care service specification.
On completion, a letter of assessment will be sent back to the referring GP within 5 days with information on initial assessment, response to intervention and advice provided for self management. Any recommendations on future referral or management will be in keeping with the map of medicine local clinical pathways.
Access to the service at this time will be via the provider, although the service will be bookable on choose and book in the near future. A referral form and patient booking information is attached.
Appropriate referrals to the Osteopathic clinic service may include:
‘Urgent’: Patient referral is considered urgent if one or more of the following apply:
‘Standard’: All patient referrals that are not categorised as urgent, for example:
Exclusions: Patients who meet any the following conditions are not appropriate for referral and therefore not covered in this service:
Further information may be found at www.southdevonosteopaths.co.uk, we have a dedicated GP resource page with further information on our services. SDO Ltd maintains a monthly blog to publish monthly data sets on wait times, clinical outcomes and patient and GP satisfaction surveys.
Any clinical/referral queries please contact the Service lead Paul Hatton on 01803 500155