Welcome to the Musculoskeletal (MSK) Community Day web page.

If you are visiting this page, you have probably received a letter from us recently inviting you to one of our very first MSK Community Days.

We got in touch with you because you have been referred for physiotherapy. We are hosting an MSK Community Day where you can have a conversation with a physiotherapist, you will also have an opportunity to speak to representatives from community groups who might be able to assist you with a range of other issues, including:

  • Physical fitness
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Preventing loneliness & isolation
  • Your finances

All MSK Community Days are completely optional, and you will not lose your place on your physiotherapy waiting list if you do attend one of them.

How can I attend?

If you are on a physiotherapy waiting list you may have been invited, if so, please contact the physiotherapy department (indicated on the invitation letter) to book a time slot.

What happens on the day?

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Invite

You are invited to attend. If you wish to attend you must book a timeslot.

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Check-in

You receive a "passport" with information for the event.

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Health hub (optional)

You will have the opportunity to have a health check, for example blood pressure measured.

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Conversation café

You will have a discussion with a physiotherapist about what matters to you.

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Information station (optional)

We will share helpful resources for how to manage your MSK conditions.

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Community hub (optional)

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Activity zone (optional)

You will have the opportunity to learn different exercises and movements.

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Outcome

Agree the next steps with a clinician.

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Check-out

We will scan your "passport".

Click below to see which services will be attending the MSK community days in your borough.

Greenwich

Information coming soon.

Lambeth

Information coming soon.

Lewisham

This page is continually being updated:

Age UK 
We know that growing older doesn’t come with a manual. That’s why we provide free information and advice to help you on topics as diverse as claiming benefits to care homes.

Community Connections Lewisham
Community Connections Lewisham is a free service that helps Lewisham residents aged 18+ to discover and access what’s available in their local community, including social groups, healthy activities, and specialised support services. We work closely with dozens of organisations across Lewisham to ensure we provide the most up-to-date and useful information.

Our Voluntary Led Services provide support to clients through our brilliant volunteers. We have a Transport Service where people who can’t use public transport can book a journey with a volunteer in their car, and we have a Befriending service where people who struggle to access the community can have a friendly chat with a volunteer either in-person or over the phone.

Cost of living support
If you need support and you would like to talk to someone, we have launched a range of drop-in advice services across the borough in partnership with Citizens Advice Lewisham. A member of the team will be available at the MSK community day.

Healthwise
Our Healthwise physical activity referral schemes are dedicated to keeping you fit and healthy, whether you’re living with a health condition or looking for support and guidance.

UP UP living lighter
Up! Up! Living lighter the African and Caribbean way is a weight management programme tailored for people of Black, African and Caribbean heritage living in Lewisham. The programme is free to access. This service has been developed through an extensive co-production process led by Kings College London and Food for Purpose and delivered by Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust.
The 12-week programme is made up of three components: physical activity, nutrition coaching and cooking sessions. Both virtual, and face to face, sessions are available. Face-to-face sessions are currently held in Catford South and New Cross.

Lewisham Local
Supports people into volunteering opportunities. Our work has proven that connecting people to non-medical support in the community and being active is an effective way to help people gain friends, feel empowered and more confident to manage their life and maintain their independence

LEEP (Lung Exercises and Education Programme)
A programme for patients with long term respiratory conditions.

Talking therapies
The NHS Talking Therapies, for anxiety and depression programme (formerly known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, IAPT) was developed to improve the delivery of, and access to, evidence-based, NICE recommended, psychological therapies for depression and anxiety disorders within the NHS.
NHS Talking Therapies, for anxiety and depression services provide NICE recommended psychological interventions for adults and older adults with anxiety disorders and/or depression. This can be standalone or in the context of a long term physical health condition where this can be managed effectively in a uni-professional service. Evidence-based therapies are delivered by trained clinicians, with or without concurrent pharmacological treatment.

Sydenham gardens
Sydenham Garden is a unique wellbeing centre utilising its gardens, nature reserve and activity rooms to help people in their recovery from mental and physical ill-health in Lewisham.
We aim to do this through providing co-workers an opportunity to take part in one of our five main projects, along with many supplementary activities and club.

Smoking Cessation
The Stop Smoking service, commissioned by Lewisham Public Health, provides stop smoking support to any smokers who live, work or study in Lewisham. This is an evidence-based intervention which is targeted towards medium to high dependency smokers where there is a potential for the maximum health gain.
Smokers who attend the NHS Stop Smoking Service are four times more likely to quit then if they do it on their own.

Versus Arthritis
We are Versus Arthritis. We are a national charity who wants to see a future free from arthritis. We won’t rest until everyone with arthritis has access to the treatments and support they need to live the life they choose with real hope of a cure in the future. We provide support and services for people with arthritis in across the UK. We provide them, their families, and friends with support, understanding, information and expertise so they can get the most out of life.
We offer free, informative, easy-to-read health information booklets that can help people understand their conditions, find out about available treatments, and learn how to live well with their symptoms – visit our website (www.versusarthritis.org) to order some, or call our helpline.

Pelvic health
Our Pelvic Health team provide an extremely specialised service, treating men and women with a wide variety of conditions including.

  • Bladder dysfunction (urinary incontinence, overactive bladder)
  • Bowel dysfunction (incontinence, constipation)
  • Antenatal and Post-natal pelvic floor muscle dysfunction
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain and related sexual dysfunction
  • Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain.
  • Catheter related issue
  • Rectus diastasis (tummy gap)
  • Post-prostatectomy issues such as erectile dysfunction.

Southwark

This page is continually being updated:

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There will be a range of advice, where you’ll be able to:

Social prescribing 
Many things can affect our health and wellbeing; such as loneliness, stress or money problems. Sometimes it could be the stress of managing different long-term conditions.
Social Prescribers are here to listen to you, to put you in touch with the people, organisations and activities that aim to help you to feel better. The service is free and confidential.
Our Social Prescribers may introduce you to a community group, a new activity or a local club. They might help you find legal advice or debt counselling. They might help you find information and guidance on your situation or what local resources there are in your area.
A Social Prescriber could even support you to join something new such as a gardening club, a yoga class, a social meet up for men, or a knit and natter group.

Pharmacists
(detail coming soon)

Goodboost
Good Boost started as a community health research project in public swimming pools in Oxford, England. Since then, we have pioneered the co-design and development of technology for personalised therapeutic exercise and rehab, on land and in water. We launched as a social enterprise in 2018 with the ambition to create more accessible and affordable options for people living with joint conditions and wider long-term health conditions to have more options that combines the practical, emotional and support for effective supported self-management.

getUbetter
getUbetter is available to residents in Southwark. getUBetter provides 24/7 self-management support, so people trust their recovery and are only re-directed to healthcare services when necessary. This means healthcare systems can provide a digitally enabled MSK pathways across the whole pathway, so avoids silos of care and prevents over treatment.
Each element of the pathway is configured to the local health system and delivered to their population.
Patients are supported digitally through their recovery day-by-day with personalised, evidence-based behavior change techniques which includes symptom checking, nudges, videos, exercises and outcome measures.

Age UK
We know that growing older doesn’t come with a manual. That’s why we provide free information and advice to help you on topics as diverse as claiming benefits to care homes.

Talking therapies
The NHS Talking Therapies, for anxiety and depression programme (formerly known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, IAPT) was developed to improve the delivery of, and access to, evidence-based, NICE recommended, psychological therapies for depression and anxiety disorders within the NHS.
NHS Talking Therapies, for anxiety and depression services provide NICE recommended psychological interventions for adults and older adults with anxiety disorders and/or depression. This can be standalone or in the context of a long term physical health condition where this can be managed effectively in a uni-professional service. Evidence-based therapies are delivered by trained clinicians, with or without concurrent pharmacological treatment.

Southwark Citizens advice
(detail coming soon)

Southwark council welfare benefits and support team
Income Maximisation – We are able to check what benefits/discounts and exemptions you are currently in receipt of and highlight any missing entitlement. We can aid in applying for those missing benefits.
Emergency Support Scheme – We can complete application forms for anyone who has an emergency, crisis or disaster and needs food, fuel or essential household goods.
Hardship Fund – We can complete an application for anyone in receipt of a disability benefit, and struggling with debt, for a grant to alleviate the immediate financial pressure.

Everyone health
The Healthy Lifestyle Hub can support you to improve your health and wellbeing. You will get free advice and guidance, and be given options for local services and activities that are right for you.
The Healthy Lifestyle Hub can provide friendly, supportive advice and guidance for up to 12 months, helping you to get healthier and feel better.

Community rehabilitation and falls
We specialise in preventing falls. We care for people who have:

  • previously had a fall, fracture or illness
  • concerns about falling
  • conditions such as arthritis and joint replacements which have led to a change in function

We help people who have an illness, injury or disability affecting their:

  • personal care tasks, like washing and dressing
  • domestic tasks, such as cooking, housework, shopping
  • transfers, such as getting on and off a bed, chair or toilet
  • walking and mobility, needing the use of walking aids or strength and balance training
  • leisure, education or work