First Contact Physiotherapy career scenarios

First Contact Physiotherapy (FCP) services position highly skilled musculoskeletal (MSK) practitioners as the first point of contact in primary care. FCPs can provide early expert intervention for patients and can release GPs to focus on the patients who need their specific skills.

Moving to work in primary care is exciting and challenging, and will test all areas of your core physiotherapy knowledge and skills. It is never too early to start planning for a career in primary care, so if you are be interested in becoming an FCP, start thinking about how to tailor your opportunities by reading the scenarios below.

Essential information

Whether you're a new physio or advanced practitioner, there are lots of ways to develop towards a career as an FCP. Discover how to get more information, polish your portfolio and find educational opportunities.

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Essential information about FCP

I'm a pre-registration physiotherapy student

Even if you're still studying, there are plenty of ways to find out if a career in FCP is for you and start to build your experience and knowledge of primary care.

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A pre-registration physiotherapy student who is interested in FCP

I'm a newly qualified physiotherapist

Even if your current role isn't in primary care, there are a number of steps you can take to find out whether FCP is right for you and move towards your goal.

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A newly qualified physiotherapist who is interested in FCP

I'm an advanced MSK physiotherapist

If you are already in an advanced practice role and considering a move to FCP, find out how to prepare yourself for working in primary care.

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An advanced MSK physio who is interested in FCP

I'm already working as an FCP in England

If you're already working as an FCP in England, find out how to think about the roadmap, develop further and gain retrospective recognition.

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An FCP working in England who wants to find out more about accreditation