First Contact Physiotherapist
First Contact Physiotherapists are one of the new Additional Roles the NHS is implementing - across Rushcliffe they provide expertise for musculoskeletal conditions.
Low back and neck pain are the greatest cause of years lost to disability in the UK, and musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions account for about 30% of all GP appointments.
First Contact Practitioners (FCP’s) are physiotherapists with enhanced skills, specifically trained to treat such conditions.
They are being implemented across Rushcliffe and patients can ask their receptionist to refer them to FCPs without having to get a GP referral.
FCP’s can help patients with issues such as back, neck and joint pain as well as muscle pain and sports injuries by:
Assessing and diagnosing issues
Giving expert advice on how best to manage their conditions
Referring them onto specialist services if necessary
To find out more and get referred to a FCP, ask your GP receptionist.