Peninsula Community Health

Musculoskeletal Interface Service

Musculoskeletal Interface Service

The Musculoskeletal Interface Service is a countywide service for patients with hip, knee and shoulder conditions.

The Service is suitable for patients where there is a diagnostic uncertainty or where the patient is not ready, willing or able to undergo surgery. The Musculoskeletal Interface Service is staffed by Orthopaedic Specialist Physiotherapists and GP’s with Special Interest (GPwSI).

What we do

  • assessment
  • diagnosis
  • relevant investigations
  • soft tissue and joint injections
  • knee bracing
  • tailored exercise programmes and self management plans.


We work closely with the Orthopaedic Surgeons to ensure that when a patient is referred to them, all of the relevant information is provided and the patient is fully aware of the next steps in the process. All referrals are reviewed by a clinician when they are received by the Service and some are sent straight on to see an Orthopaedic Surgeon without waiting to see an Interface clinician.

Clinics are held throughout Cornwall and patients are offered an appointment in a location of their choice within 4 weeks of being referred by their GP:

The MSK Interface Service also provides specialist Occupational Therapy intervention for both home assessment and specialist bracing.

84% of all patients seen have been managed within the primary and community setting

90% of all patients were seen within 4 weeks of receipt of referral, those waiting longer have chosen to do so.

Please contact Jane Mitchell – MSK Clinical Lead on 01209 318095 for further information or e-mail

Please see your GP if you would like to be referred to the Musculoskeletal Interface Service.