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Musculoskeletal (MSK) describes a range of conditions affecting the bones and joints.

After mental health and cardiac health, MSK uses more resources than other diseases treated by the NHS. Around 20% of all GP consultations are MSK related, and it accounts for around 25% of all surgical interventions.

The most common MSK condition is osteoarthritis, also known as chronic joint pain. Knee, hip and back pain are the most common problems experienced by people with this condition. We’re focusing on supporting people with osteoarthritis through early intervention, using types of treatments with a proven track record which focus on prevention and self-care.


Back Pain Forum

Staff Health and Wellbeing & Supporting Projects

Joint Pain Advisor – Exploring a New Model of Care for Chronic Joint Pain

ESCAPE-pain programme – Promote and Support the Spread

The Team

Andrea Carter

Programme Director, Musculoskeletal

Andrea has worked in NHS management in London for 20 years, including General Management posts at Chelsea and Westminster and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals; and Programme Management roles including reorganisation of South East London Stroke Services. Andrea joined the Health Innovation Network soon after it was formed.

Fay Sibley

Senior Project Manager, Musculoskeletal

Fay’s is a senior project manager. Her work with the HIN focuses on working with Healthcare Professionals in Primary Care. Fay joined the team permanently in September 2016 after completing a Darzi fellowship. Prior to joining the HIN Fay was a Paramedic team leader. @FaySibley

Ambra Caruso

Senior Project Manager, Musculoskeletal

Francesca Thompson

Project Support Officer, Musculoskeletal

Mike Hurley

Clinical Director, Musculoskeletal

Mike’s research career started in 1988 at University College London. In 1990 he moved to the Physiotherapy Department, King’s College London, completed a PhD in 1992. He was there as Lecturer, Reader and Professor in Physiotherapy until he moved to the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at St George’s University of London in October 2010.

Andrew Walker

Innovation Fellow, Musculoskeletal

Andrew is a physiotherapist and doctoral fellow at St George’s, University of London. Andrew’s focus is supporting the evaluation of the MSK Programme’s work on the spread and adoption of innovations for chronic joint pain and his PhD in implementation and improvement science. He has a masters in clinical research and is editor of Balance Focus, a Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) professional network publication. Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, Andrew worked in policy research and development for the UK Government and as a consultant. A trained yoga and mindfulness teacher, Andrew leads the Health Innovation Network’s weekly yoga class.

Isabel Rodrigues de Abreu

Project Manager, Musculoskeletal

Isabel joined the team in December 2017 as Project Manager for the ESCAPE-pain project. Isabel’s most recent post was that of Service Manager for the Simulation services across Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals. Isabel comes from a background of Medical Education, and Events Management at the University of London’s Senate House.

Zoe Zambelli

Project Support Officer, Musculoskeletal

Zoe is a Project Support Officer for the MSK Programme, she is currently working within the ESCAPE-pain project team to implement the programme across the U.K. Zoe previously worked in events management and recruitment before moving into the NHS. She is nearing the end of her Master’s degree in Psychology later this year.

Amy Semple

Senior Project Manager, Musculoskeletal

Amy spent 10 years in the private sector in business management before changing career. Graduating with BSc Health Studies and Master Public Health from Kings College London she worked as a Health Researcher for national charities and Local Government before joining the NHS. Hobbies include gardening, travelling and real ale.

News, blogs and events

September 21, 2017

ESCAPE-pain conference: Learning from each other

May 22, 2017

ESCAPE-pain training package launched

April 28, 2017

Joint Pain Advisor service: One Month On

March 14, 2017

Self-managing chronic pain with the Joint Pain Advisor

February 6, 2017

Award winning NICE-approved ESCAPE-pain programme now available a…

February 3, 2017

Workshop helps patients take control of lower back pain

November 18, 2016

Watch our new film about the Joint Pain Advisor service

November 16, 2016

Health Innovation Network awarded ‘achievement’ level…