GPs are taking a lead in developing these roles as a welcome addition to their core teams. Although new, more than 8 out of 10 GPs already have confidence in this model.
How first contact physios free up resources
Physiotherapists working in primary care can safely and effectively manage an MSK caseload in primary care. This not only improves the patient experience but frees up GP time to lead, manage and spend on other patients. General Practice Physiotherapists don’t need supervising and have their own insurance cover. Many can independently prescribe and provide injection therapy, and soon should be able to issue fit notes. Making this part of your business model can optimise resources and reduce costs. Physiotherapists with advanced practice skills have a particular role to play in taking on many of the tasks currently carried out by GPs. As well as reducing the pressure on GPs, General Practice Physiotherapists has been shown to reduce demand on physiotherapy services.
How to implement physiotherapy services in primary care
This new guidance, developed with the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners, provides practical help for GPs and commissioners. It sets out the benefits, the funding options and the practical considerations of implementing and evaluating General Practice Physiotherapy roles. As well as factors to consider when designing the role.
The CSP has developed three new tools, as examples, to support the implementation of FCP services. These tools are designed to be edited and changed depending on the needs of the local service.