The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Research Unit was established in 2018 and is part of the School of Health and Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire. Musculoskeletal conditions are the biggest contributor to years lived with disability worldwide. In the UK musculoskeletal conditions affected around one in three people in 2017. Musculoskeletal conditions typically cause pain and disability. They can have a negative impact upon people’s abilities to be physically active, their ability to work and their ability to continue to do activities important to them. The UK also has an aging population and many people live with more than one long term health condition. The economic, societal and cultural burden of living with disability and persistent pain is hugely challenging. The impact these conditions have on people’s lives and upon our health care services mean it is important to improve the care we provide to people with MSK conditions.