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Think physio to help meet the challenges facing primary care.

First contact physios implementation guidance - updated for England May 2018

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First contact 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.

Read the implementation guidance for England and Wales

First contact physiotherapists - calculate potential savings

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First contact physiotherapists in primary care have demonstrated that they are both clinically effective and cost effective.

Health Education England and the SCW Commissioning Support Unit have developed the MSK First Point-of-Contact Model as a tool to calculate cost and resource savings of the FCP roles.

Download the MSK First Point of Contact model

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

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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.

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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 Think physio for primary care briefing

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




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Last reviewed

11 June 2018
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