Who is the Sussex MSK Central Team?

The team is largely made up of Patient Care Advisors, Extended Scope Practitioners and Consultants.  We aim to transform people’s experience of being treated for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions (those conditions which affect the muscles, joints or bones) by putting people in control of their own healthcare and delivering care that is tailored to individual needs.

How do we work?

We put those with musculoskeletal conditions at the centre of everything we do, shifting the question from “what’s the matter?” to “what matters to you?” This involves enabling people to

  • Understand health choices and feel involved in their care journey.
  • Have visibility of their care journey and be able to hold us to account for delivery of health goals.
  • Be supported to self-manage MSK conditions.

What do we do?

We support the four main areas of MSK care:

  1. Self Care – giving people and their carers the tools needed to manage their condition as part of your everyday life at home, and connecting them with people and organisations who can continue to support them.
  2. Primary Care – working with GPs and Practice Nurses to make sure they are connected to our service, ensuring that they have the latest education and training to deliver the most up to date treatment and care, and when people are discharged after being seen by our service, their GP is connected to and understands their care plan.
  3. Community Based Specialist MSK Care – community teams of physiotherapists, podiatrists, doctors, specialist nurses, osteopaths and occupational therapists to deliver a truly joined up service with clinical staff all working together to agree a care plan which recognises the individual’s health goals and supports people to achieve those goals.
  4. Hospital Care – if an operation is needed, giving people a choice of a wide range of hospitals. We work with hospital teams to ensure that people receive the right care and appropriate follow up and rehabilitation following surgery.

Visions and Values

Our values were created by members of staff and patients and reflect what’s important to us individually and as a service. Every year we take time to come together to reflect on what they mean to us, how we see them in action and what we need to do to bring them more to life in the service on a day-to-day basis.

Keeping these values in mind and reflecting on them regularly helps us to stay focused on what really matters and support us to deliver a service we can be proud of.

The SMSKP values are:

Integrity and Transparency – ‘Visible decisions and shared goals’

Autonomy, Proactivity and Accountability – ‘Responsible and response-able’

Respect and Compassion for patients and colleagues – ‘Seeing the whole person’

Learning and development for all – ‘Bringing out the best’

Innovation and Creativity – ‘Leading the way’

Positivity and Passion – ‘Celebrating success and team work’




Meet the team

Jon Ota, Managing Director for Sussex MSK Partnership

I lead the team at Sussex MSK Partnership. What most interests me is the role health and social care services can take in supporting people to live life to the full.

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Jobs in the Sussex MSK Partnership Central team

Find opportunities to join the Sussex MSK Partnership Central team

Advanced Practitioner – First Contact Physiotherapist


Advanced Practitioner – First Contact Physiotherapist – Central Sussex (Brighton and Hove, Mid Sussex, Crawley and Horsham) and Coastal West Sussex

Are you an experienced senior musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapist looking for a new challenge? Sussex MSK Partnership (SMSKP) Central and Coastal are looking to further develop their First Contact Practitioner workforce to work at Band 8a or band 7 level commensurate with experience.

We anticipate staff will rotate between advanced practice and FCP roles whilst still being based within the wider MSK team, this will depend on which location you are working. Training, mentorship and ongoing support will be provided to successful candidates in these roles. The service is being led by Sally York, Laura Finucane and Jessica Gent who have been involved in developing the national programme for FCP roles. SMSKP and Coastal have already run several successful FCP pilots which we are now looking to expand. We are happy to accept applications from clinicians who may only want part time work or wish to work under secondment as part of their current role with the prior agreement of their employer.

Sussex MSK Partnership is made up of Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust, Here, Horder Healthcare and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We are a unique, local, not for profit partnership bringing together primary care, specialist musculoskeletal care, community and mental health and well-being experts to deliver the whole musculoskeletal service in central Sussex. Our commitment is to a truly integrated MSK service that is effective, efficient and compassionate.


As well as the partnership organisations we also work closely with specialist partner suppliers from patient charities, GP groups, diagnostic providers and local providers of secondary care. For further information about who we are and what we do, please see our website

Successful candidates will be employed either by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust or Here.

Please download the Job Description and Person Specification for more detail.

Our offer

  • £44,606 – £50,819 per annum pro rata (depending upon experience)
  • NHS Pension
  • Substantive post
  • Part time and full time hours will be considered

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