How to use

Searching the Knowledge Hub

The hub has been designed to function as a one-stop-shop for anyone who is doing anything in MSK – commissioners, clinicians and NHS managers, as well as national bodies and organisations to access the best available guidance from across the MSK community.

To find a resource you can simply use the search bar, or select a topic or resource type on the left hand panel. A detailed breakdown of resource types is available by selecting view all resource types.

You must be a member and log in to submit a resource.

Join the hub

Select ‘Join the hub’ and submit your details using the form provided

If your request is successful you will receive an email ‘Join MSKHUB on Slack’, click ‘Join Now’

Accept email invitation to join
Open the email invitation, and click Join. Enter your full name, and display name, also ask you to choose a password so you can sign in and out with ease.

Once registered revisit and ‘Login with Slack’ using your email and password.

Submitting a Resource

Once logged in, all members have the option to submit resources to be added to the Knowledge Hub.

Select ‘Submit a Resource’ – fill in your details; add the name, author, link & publication date, then add a brief description about the resource you are submitting. Finally, select a category that best suits your resource type, and any tags associated to it. Selecting the correct category and tags are crucial as these will help other users find resources in the knowledge hub.

The MSK Forum

The forum is fully-functional online platform where all key stakeholders in MSK can share knowledge and experience, discuss issues of shared interest, make contacts and learn from each other.

The forum uses Slack to power the main network facility of the hub. Using a familiar style, the forum allows users to create profiles, post messages, direct message each other and conduct voice and video calls.

Click on the MSK Forum tab to begin, the forum will open in a new window

Slack is a messaging app where you can talk, share files, and work together. Communication within Slack is organized into two main categories:

  • Channels
  • Direct messages

Channels are the primary streams of communication. You will see a list of channels (discussion topics) on the left-hand side. Click on any channel to read what’s already been posted on that topic or to make your own post in the box at the bottom.

Each user has the ability to customise their own channel listing.

To bring your favoured channels to the top of your listing, simply click the ‘star’ icon at the top left of the screen when in the selected channel.

To remove channels that are not of interest to you, click the ‘cog’ icon at the top of the screen when in the selected channel and click ‘mute #name-of-channel’ – this is not permanent, and channels can be recalled at any time. To re-add a channel, simply search for it using the search bar (top right), select the channel, click the ‘cog’ icon and click ‘Unmute #name-of-channel’.

If you don’t see a channel you need, go to the contact me page and send us a message.

Direct Messages as the name suggests is the communication between two team members that only they can see like an email or instant message with no cc or bcc option.

To direct message another member, simply scroll to the section underneath the channels and click the + sign.

Additional Features

  • #hashtag. Just like Twitter, use hashtags within comments to tag a channel or specific topic. This helps organize search results and allows users to find relevant details easily.
  • @mention. Most social media platforms allow you to @mention (or tag) someone in a post or photo. Within a channel you can @mention a member (@individual), the entire channel (@channel). Using the @mention feature will notify the applicable user via their personal notification settings (via email, mobile, or desktop).

Download Slack’s mobile app

You can sign in and use the hub from a web browser on your desktop at any time. But by downloading the slack mobile app via the app store, you can stay signed in, have more control over notifications, and stay in sync even when you’re on the move.

For download instructions, click the link for the apps that are right for you.

To gain access to the hub via mobile app join using your login details

Windows Phone

Set up your profile

Filling out your profile helps other members learn more about you.

Jump to the Edit your profile article on the Help Center for detailed instructions.