Our Partners

Sussex MSK Partnership is made up of Here (formerly known as Brighton and Hove Integrated Care Service, BICS), Horder Healthcare (HH), Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT).

We are a unique local, not for profit partnership bringing together primary care, specialist musculoskeletal care, community and mental health and well-being experts to deliver the whole musculoskeletal service in central Sussex. Our commitment is to a truly integrated MSK service that is effective, efficient and compassionate.

As well as the partnership organisations we also work closely with specialist partner suppliers from patient charities, GP groups, diagnostic providers and local providers of secondary care.

We offer:

  • Truly joined up care with local health organisations working together
  • Local knowledge
  • Support from charity and expert groups
  • A helping hand to manage your treatment from start to finish, whichever bit of the service you might need

Our Team

Patient Care Advisors

Patient Care advisors are the point of contact for patients and are available to speak with from 9am till 7pm, Monday to Friday. They are a vital part part of the Service offered by The Sussex MSK Partnership.

Advanced Practitioners

Advanced Practitioners (APs) are specialist physiotherapists or occupational therapists who work in an extended role alongside a medical consultant. They work beyond the recognised scope of physiotherapy practice and assist clinical diagnosis and management of patients.


Consultants work with us as part of our multidisciplinary team. They work alongside APs and nurses in community clinics to offer a one stop shop for patients.

Our Board

a smiling picture of David Gilbert, our patient directorDavid Gilbert: Patient Director


Joined in June 2016.





This is a new and pioneering role in the NHS. David has strategic leadership of how the Partnership relates with patients, carers and the communities we serve, including:

  • Learning from what people think of our services (patient experience)
  • Patients as partners in care decisions (Information, choice and shared-decision making)
  • Helping people look after themselves and care for their own condition (supported self-management)
  • Patients as partners for change (patient and public engagement; patient leadership)

Our partnership wants patients, carers and citizens to be able to work with us as equals – to plan, design and help deliver our services. We want to set a helpful example to the rest of the NHS.  We want to avoid tokenistic and ‘tick-box’ approaches which don’t make real changes and which can give engagement a bad name. If you want to be more involved,  please contact David.

Previous experience

David has 25 years’ experience of working in patient and public engagement at local, national and international level and was Co-Founder and a Director of the Centre for Patient Leadership and the NHS Centre for Involvement. He is a former mental health service user and is also Director of InHealth Associates (www.inhealthassociates.co.uk) that supports patient-led improvement in healthcare. You can also find him on Twitter: @DavidGilbert43

Selma Stafford: Clinical Director


Selma is responisble for the overall clinical leadership of Sussex MSK Partnership Central.  Selma qualified as a GP in Brighton in 2001. She has worked as a GP and at BICS (now Here) since 2005, initially as a triager, then Clinical Lead. She has worked in the Croydon Referral Management Service recruiting and training GP triagers.

Selma has an interest in Medical Education and has a PGCME. She is a GP appraiser.


Jon Ota: Managing DirectorA smiling picture of Jon Ota, our managing director


Jon leads the team at Sussex MSK Partnership Central.  What interests him most is the role health and social care services can take in supporting people to live life to the full.