The Community Musculoskeletal (MSK) Clinical Assessment and Triage Service (CATS) provides expert care for complex MSK conditions in a community setting, including:

  • MSK diagnostic investigations
  • Steroid injections (blind and ultrasound guided)
  • High-volume injections
  • Onward referral to secondary care (orthopaedics, rheumatology and pain services)
  • Onward referral to community services (physiotherapy and podiatry)

Eligibility Criteria


  • aged 18 and over
  • registered with a Camden GP


The MSK CATS route is not suitable for:

  • red flags/urgent
  • post-surgical problems
  • acute trauma
  • previously assessed patient suitable for surgery
  • patients under 18

See GP referral guidelines in Downloads for more information.

How to Refer

EMIS form

Referral methods: e-Referrals

Only e-Referrals are accepted.

To refer via e-Referrals, follow the steps:

  • specialty: Physiotherapy 
  • clinic type: Musculoskeletal
  • clinic name: Camden MSK
  • send for triage

Where to find the form

  • Camden Global Documents > MSK-Rehab-Physio-Podiatry > MSK Camden Referral Form - UCLH

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Review date: Friday, 08 November 2024