The focus group took place on the 28th January and was well attended. The contributions of the participants were considered extremely valuable and all the insight gathered from the discussion and comments noted in the chat box, has been pulled together into a document that will be used to inform the future service design and delivery of MSK  physiotherapy service. Participants of the focus group have been asked if they wish to remain involved and will be contacted again to review the insight and discuss next steps.

There has been a delay in this work due to the 2nd wave of the pandemic which led to staff being redeployed to support with the vaccine roll out and pandemic response. We will post updates on progress here.


NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group would like to talk to people to understand what they can do to improve musculoskeletal (MSK) services across Derbyshire. MSK physiotherapists support people with many different conditions and injuries affecting the muscles, joints, bones and soft tissues. Your experience of MSK physiotherapy services is extremely important in helping them to improve services. They would like to hear about what is important to you, and would like your support to help them reshape the future of MSK physiotherapy services in Derbyshire.

They would also like to hear from you to understand how they can help you to successfully manage aches and pains at home. Aches and pains are a normal part of life but can have a big impact on your health and day-to-day life. Many aches and pains can be treated at home without needing to see a doctor or physiotherapist, and the majority of MSK conditions get better within six to eight weeks. There are many ways they can support you to manage at home, such as mobile phone apps, online exercise plans and websites which can provide you with information on how to deal with pain in different areas of the body. They would welcome your views on what you think would work well to enable and motivate you to self-manage this at home.

The focus group will take place with specialists in the field of MSK services, and your opinions and ideas for improvement will be fed into the service development. The date is Thursday 28 January, 12.30-2.30pm via Microsoft Teams. Again support is provided for anyone who has not used Microsoft Teams before. If you would like to book on to the focus group, email Karen.lloyd24@nhs.net