Supporting the MSK community

A UK charity that brings together musculoskeletal professionals to reach our common goal – a healthy ageing society.

Bringing together the MSK community

We mobilise and empower the wider MSK community. It is only by working together, sharing knowledge and championing innovation that we can support the millions of people suffering from poor bone, joint and muscle health.

Why join our MSK community?

Our MSK community aims to help

Investigate and Educate

Working together we can fill the most important gaps in research funding and professional education in bone, joint and muscle wellbeing.

Improve patient outcomes

Sharing knowledge and ideas will help us support the millions of people suffering from poor musculoskeletal health, today and in the future.

Be the voice for MSK health

Musculoskeletal health does not always receive the attention or investment it merits. Together we can be a unified voice for our sector.

Our impact to date

Invested in research
Research projects funded since 2004
Educational events staged since September 2020
Healthcare professionals trained since September 2020

Learning together

Through collaboration we help build knowledge and expertise and develop the talents of the next generation of MSK professionals. We host a wide range of education programmes, webinars and events, both on and off-line. These include a highly rated, continuous professional development programme approved by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

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Our next event:

12 spaces remaining
Intensive FRCS (Orth) mock viva & clinical exam course | 28 July 2024
20 spaces remaining
ESCAPE-pain facilitator training (backs-half day) 24/09/24
27 spaces remaining
Orthopaedic and trauma course for emergency medicine | 28 — 29 September 2024
Queen’s Hospital, Romford, Essex

Investing in the future of movement through:

Research & Innovation

We fund innovative research projects that expand knowledge, improve patient outcomes and pioneer new forms of MSK diagnosis and treatment.

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Our training programmes further professional education and develop the next generation of MSK talent. We fund awards for outstanding publications and publish books to prepare candidates for FRCS (Orth) examinations.

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We work with leading academic institutions and entrepreneurs to champion innovative ideas, such as ESCAPE-pain – an award-winning, group rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain.

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Our MSK community success stories

Musculoskeletal conditions can often be invisible. Our goal is to be the voice for those who feel their story needs to be heard. We collect and publicise stories of individuals who share their experiences of dealing with bone, joint and muscle related conditions.

If you wish to share your story or that of a loved one affected by orthopaedic conditions, we would love to hear from you at

If you wish to share your thoughts or learn from like-minded people, please join our Facebook support group.

Join our supportive community

We want to mobilise and empower the MSK community. It is only by working together and sharing knowledge that we can benefit the millions of people suffering from poor musculoskeletal health.

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What our community has to say

Great for development & networking

Not only is ORUK providing funding to help us get to the next stage in our development, but it has also opened-up multiple links to industry professionals, clinicians and in the future also patient groups.

Dr Agnieszka Janeczek

Co-founder / CEO, Renovos

Great networking opportunities!

ORUK gives me access to a wonderful network of mentors and the opportunity to learn from experts in their field.

Jingjing Wang

Medical Student, University of Edinburgh

Funding & development

ORUK is playing a big role in the development process and connecting us to sources of funding.

Dr Deepak Kalaskar

Associate Professor of Bioengineering, UCL

ORUK have been hugely supportive

ORUK impressed us with their enthusiasm and shared vision of expanding this programme to involve as many people as possible. They have been highly supportive.

Professor Mike Hurley

Creator of the ESCAPE-pain programme

Instrumental for networking

ORUK has been instrumental in introducing us to people from very different backgrounds but with shared interests.

Steve Smith

CEO, Novara Therapeutics

Very supportive

ORUK has been very supportive of early career researchers like me.

Dr Jennifer Paxton

University of Edinburgh

Integral to funding & development

ORUK is playing a big role in the development process and connecting us to sources of funding.

Dr Deepak Kalaskar

Associate Professor of Bioengineering, UCL

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