SEM Consultants have three key roles:
- Expert musculoskeletal assessment skills and advising on and providing advanced treatments
- Leading physical activity programmes to promote general health
- Providing support to athletes and sports teams to increase performance and manage injuries
To perform these roles, training includes musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment, biomechanics, diagnostic ultrasound scanning, acute medicine, orthopaedics, general practice and public health medicine.
Their work includes diagnosing and managing any musculoskeletal problem, simple or complex, using specialist expertise and experience. An SEM Consultant can help people of all ages, as well as athletes, to advise on all aspects of performance, injury and illness minimisation. Expertise in ultrasound scanning added to an expert clinical assessment is a powerful tool in accurate diagnosis and therefore optimum management. This skill is specific to SEM Consultants and some physiotherapists in MSK care.
An SEM Consultant may also be involved advising on physical activity in special groups such as pregnant women, those with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and the overweight and obese, endorsing exercise as a means of reducing the impact of disease.
SEM Consultants provide a good generalist view on musculoskeletal problems, considering all parts of the body’s influence on the presenting problem. Their expert guidance can save patients time and effort in having to visit many highly specialist clinicians prior to finding the right person to help. They are a key part of any multi-disciplinary team and Connect have found they work particularly well alongside physiotherapists in the NHS, as they do naturally in sport.