First contact physiotherapists (FCPs) - standardised data collection

As a developing role in primary care, it is essential for FCPs to capture standardised output data to ensure reliable and robust evidence of the service's effectiveness and efficiency.


This guidance provides instructions on how to collect and export FCP appointment activity on primary care data systems using a standardised list of outputs. It was produced by FCP Amanda Hensman-Crook with input from the CSP, NHS Digital and NHS England. In February 2019, the guidance was revised by the CSP’s Euan McComiskie in conjunction with Amanda.

The revised guide takes you through the steps to embed and export FCP data using standardised templates built for Emis, SystmOne and Vision (and coded with READ, CTV3 and/or SNOMED terminology). These universal templates were developed initially for NHS England's national evaluation of FCP to capture standardised output data on a large scale to ensure reliable and robust evidence of its effectiveness. They are now being used across the UK to enable services to demonstrate their impact at local and regional levels.

The FCP data collection and reporting templates are available to download from the First Contact Physiotherapy iCSP network.