First contact physiotherapists (FCPs) - standardised data collection



Standardised data collection for first contact physiotherapists

It is vital that FCPs can demonstrate their effectiveness and efficiency, as well as their impact on GP workload, acute and secondary care pathways. Each country can find detailed evaluation advice within the FCP implementation guide

In England, NHS England’s Elective Care Transformation programme is planning the release of the 'FCP in MSK Services High Impact Intervention (HII)' initiative.

This initiative will be piloted in every sustainability and transformation partnership over the course of next year, and will see FCPs taking an active role in delivering care for patients at the start of their pathway as a real alternative to GPs. These pilot sites will also participate in a national evaluation, which will help to build evidence base, share good practice and potentially shape further potential rollout or other direct access schemes.

Full details of the data needed to complete this evaluation will be published once available. As part of the national evaluation, FCP Amanda Hensman-Crook has worked with the CSP, NHS Digital and NHS England to produce a standardised list of outputs for FCPs. As an FCP, you can use a number of primary care systems to collect this data via structured templates. These are coded with READ, CTV3 and/or SNOMED terminology. System suppliers have prepared the templates so that you can embed the data collection into your system.

Guidance for imbedding these templates are included in the FCP National Data Collection document below. The templates themselves will be available shortly, along with completed guidance for Vision users.

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