Our story

A bit about our history

Pennine MSK Partnership was formed in 2006 and was led by Anne Browne, Dr Hugh Sturgess and Dr Alan Nye. They were joined shortly after by Ann Todd as the Finance and Business Lead.

In April 2022 on the retirement of the founding directors Pennine MSK Partnership became part of Vita Health Group. We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial working relationship with Vita so that we can continue to provide an outstanding level of care to our patients.

The service is commissioned by Greater Manchester Integrated Care Organisation to provide care for the patients of Oldham in Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Persistent Pain in community settings across several sites in and around Oldham.

We have a large multidisciplinary team of 80 Clinicians and 40 Operational staff who work in the service to provide an outstanding pathway of care for our patients.

Our multidisciplinary clinical team includes: Rheumatology Consultants, Orthopaedic Consultants, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, GP’s with special interest in Rheumatology and Persistent Pain, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapists, Rheumatology Specialist Physiotherapists, Clinical Specialist Podiatrists, Rheumatology Nurse Specialists, Occupational Therapists , Pharmacists and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists

We run an integrated Persistent Pain Pathway with our colleagues at Pennine Care Foundation Trust and Northern Care Alliance. The service aims to provide a holistic, integrated, interdisciplinary, person-centred care, which meets the physical, psychological and social needs of adults with persistent pain. The persistent pain service is led by Dr Hollie Francis.


At Pennine MSK Partnership we pride ourselves in offering an excellent experience for all our patients.

We offer appointments at a choice of locations across Oldham including: Oldham Integrated Care Centre, Royton, Failsworth, Royal Oldham Hospital Physiotherapy Department and Union Street Oldham. At the Oldham Integrated Care Centre we offer evening appointments 3 days a week.

We have 80 clinical staff working in our service and we run over 650 clinics per month plus regular blood monitoring clinics. We have a large team of administration staff who ensure the clinics run smoothly and process all clinic letters, appointment letters and answer the telephones.
14 Orthopaedic Consultants attend our Community Clinics at the Oldham Integrated Care Centre to direct list patients for surgery at local hospitals including Circle Highfield Hospital and Ramsey Oaklands Hospital. We can also refer you to any hospital of your choice including hospitals within the Northern Care Alliance.

We take care of all the rheumatology patients of Oldham GP’s in our clinics at the Oldham Integrated Care Centre where we have a full multidisciplinary team of Rheumatology Consultants, Nurse Specialists, GP’s with special interest in Rheumatology, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists and Specialist Rheumatology Physiotherapists and Podiatrists.

We also have the expertise of several psychological medicine colleagues who work in the service to help patients cope with chronic or persistent pain. We have Consultant Liaison Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists working with our patients.

At a local and national level we have led the implementation of shared decision making in our service and we strive to ensure that patients are fully involved in decision about their care.

We report on Key Performance Indicators that are agreed with our commissioners at Greater Manchester Integrated Care Organisation and some of our main ones are listed below and our achievements against the Key areas are provided.

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Pennine MSK are committed to meeting the information and communication support needs of our service users, where those needs relate to a disability, impairment or sensory loss.

If you have any information or communication needs in relation to your care with Pennine MSK please contact us either by telephoning 0161 357 5270 press option 3 or by email: info@pmskp.org and we will be only too happy to help.

Mission Statement

We will keep the patient at the heart of everything that we do by providing outstanding care and support to every patient, every time.

At Pennine MSK we try to live and breathe our Mission Statement.

To enable us to achieve our Mission we have set out the following principles in our Patient Experience Charter: 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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