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Think physio to help meet the challenges facing primary care.

First contact physios in general practice: member FAQs

File 212247Physiotherapists have a strong role to play in primary care, not least broadening the GP team and providing more services outside of hospital. 

We've compiled a list of questions most frequently asked by members about this increasingly widespread physio role.

Read the top 10 FAQs

Physiotherapy in primary care - briefing with evidence and examples

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

Physiotherapists are proving invaluable to expanded GP teams. Community based rehabilitation services support people with long term conditions to maintain their health and stay out of hospital. 

Read our evidence-based primary care briefing for more

Practical guide - implementing physiotherapy services in general practice

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General Practice physiotherapists take the pressure off GPs and reduce the need for onward referrals. Musculoskeletal (MSK) health issues account for around 1 in 5 of all GP appointments. Most of these could instead be seeing a physiotherapist from the start.

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

A guide for GPs, physiotherapists, commissioners and planners

Physiotherapy in primary care - 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

Why GPs bring physios into their surgeries - a short animation 

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Physiotherapists provide a first point of contact for patients seeking an appointment for back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions.  

This is quicker for patients and frees up GP time.

Watch and share our animation



First contact practitioners (FCPs) - standardised data collection and job descriptions

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With the first wave of national roll out in England it is vital that FCPs can demonstrate their effectiveness, efficiency and impact. Standardised data collection will be key to this.

Job descriptions and person specifications shape the scope of a job. So it is essential that they fully reflect the context and demands of the job. We offer some guidance on elements to consider and an example job description.

Find out more



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Last reviewed

15 August 2017
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