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Primary care

The physiotherapy profession is stepping up to help meet the challenges.

The UK is grappling with the same issues in primary care but in a context unique to each country. The briefing and guidance on this page are tailored for England and Wales. Versions for Northern Ireland and Scotland are in development, to be published in January.

Physiotherapy in primary care - evidence and examples

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Increasing the availability of physiotherapy in primary care is a win win all around - for patients, GPs and NHS budgets.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) health issues are the most common cause of repeat GP appointments. They account for up to 30% of a GP caseload, higher still among older patients.  Around 85% of such cases could be dealt with effectively by a physiotherapist, without any need to see the GP.

Read our evidence-based primary care briefing for more

Implementing physiotherapy services in general practice

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General Practice physiotherapists take the pressure off GPs, reduce the need for onward referrals and improve musculoskeletal (MSK) health care in the community.

Find out how to implement physiotherapy services in GP practices.  The guide has been produced in partnership with the British Medical Assocation and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

A guide for GPs, physiotherapists, commissioners and planners

Calculate potential savings

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Physiotherapists working in General Practice have demonstrated that they are both clinically effective and cost effective.

The Physiotherapy Cost Calculator helps you understand the cost of a potential service in primary care. Work out the potential savings using our cost calculator.

Our Physiotherapy Cost Calculator

Physiotherapy in primary care

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GPs are increasingly bringing in physiotherapists to work alongside them in their surgeries.

Physiotherapists provide a first point of contact for patients seeking an appointment for back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions.  In doing so they enable these patients to access specialist services more quickly and they free up GPs to spend more time with their other patients.

Watch our animation to find out more


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