First Contact Physio
The E4 Primary Care Network has employed 2 First Contract Physiotherapists (FCP’s) working directly in our 5 GP Practices to see & treat Musculoskeletal (MSK) health issues as we have recognised that these are the most common cause of appointments and account for around 1 in 5 of all GP appointments. Most of them can be dealt with effectively by a FCP without any need to see the GP thus reducing the wait time from appointment to diagnosis.
Research shows physiotherapists are the most expert professional group regarding musculoskeletal issues with the exception of Orthopaedic Consultants.
A typical FCP appointment involves:
- First-line treatment.
FCPs can also:
- Refer patients for a course of physiotherapy treatment
- Order investigations
- Make referrals into secondary care services using the same pathways as GPs.
As a person-centred service, most appointments include self-management advice, social prescribing, and discussions about physical activity and fitness for work.
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