The MSK team

Our department is made up of advanced physiotherapy practitioners (APPs), musculoskeletal physiotherapists, therapy assistants and the administrative team.

Advanced physiotherapy practitioners (APPs)

Musculoskeletal advanced practice physiotherapists (APP) are physiotherapists with advanced complex decision-making and diagnostic skills. They work autonomously to diagnose patients with various musculoskeletal presentations in specialities such as orthopaedic, rheumatology and pain clinics. We also provide an established service within GP practices as first contact practitioners with focus on patient centred care, offering detailed knowledge on interventions and preventative care..  

Musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapists

Our MSK physiotherapists are skilled in assessment and treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal problems from simple sprains to complex acute and chronic conditions. They will work with you to achieve your physiotherapy goals and return to your optimum functional level.

Physiotherapy assistants

Physiotherapy assistants help with the smooth running of the department; they help to run hydrotherapy and gym classes alongside the physiotherapist. They can provide immediate advice and education (for example, after someone has had a plaster cast removed) and can administer walking aids. 

Administrative team

The administrative team process and book all referrals sent to the MSK department. They will check you in and out of your appointment and arrange follow-up appointments as necessary. Contact details can be found under the contact tab on the main MSK physiotherapy page.


The Royal Free London supports the education of physiotherapy students and are closely supervised by a qualified physiotherapist whilst working in the department. If you have any questions or would prefer to not be seen by a student, please tell member of our staff.