Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (ICATS)

What the service does
Who provides the service
How to access the service
Location of service


What the service does

The Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (ICATS) helps orthopaedic patients get the most appropriate treatment, care and support.

ICATS combines expertise from a range of clinical disciplines. The team ensures you only get referred to a consultant surgeon if you need surgery.

ICATS manages approximately 7,000 new orthopaedic outpatients per year and 17,000 reviews and treatments.

Over 75 per cent of referrals received by ICATS are managed and discharged. This reduces the waiting time for people who need to see an orthopaedic consultant.

Who provides the service

The Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service includes specialists from musculoskeletal services such as:

  • podiatry
  • physiotherapy
  • injection therapy

Where necessary, the ICATS team may refer patients on to:

  • an orthopaedic surgeon
  • another healthcare speciality
  • the patient’s GP

How to access the service

The Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service is usually accessed through a referral from your GP.

Location of service

This service is based mainly in:

  • Carlisle Centre
  • Bradbury Centre

Locations where this service is delivered