What are the benefits of having an FCP?

  • check-iconNo long waiting times to see an NHS Physiotherapist in a hospital
  • check-iconSeeing the right person at the right time, first time
  • check-iconLess likelihood of acute conditions becoming chronic
  • check-iconImprovement of patient care, shorter lead time means that patients feel more positive, and feel reassured as the Specialist FCP explains the condition so that they understand
  • check-iconFaster recovery
  • check-iconThorough assessment, diagnosis and treatment of any MSK conditions – typically appointments are at least twice as long as a GP appointment
  • check-iconEasier access to MSK knowledge and skills
  • check-iconRemoving burdensome MSK caseload from overworked GPs, allowing them to spend more time focussing on patients that they can potentially help
  • check-iconBetter quality appointments
  • check-iconAbility to reduce costs associated with GP capacity
  • check-iconReduction in cost of prescriptions
  • check-iconFCPs able to carry out some tasks that typically fall on a GP
  • check-iconReception staff able to triage and book appointments directly
  • check-iconSmall number of patients referred onwards to secondary Care or back to GPs (typically under 10%)
  • check-iconReduction in waiting times
  • check-iconFCPs are autonomous and can manage their own caseload
  • check-iconIntegration into Practice/ PCN workforce
  • check-iconCan work the extended hours

Due to the fact that people are seen quicker, it has been shown to reduce overall sickness absence, accelerate recovery time and improve the long term health and well-being prospects of people with MSK Complaints (Addley et al., 2010; Boorman, 2009; NHS Employers, 2012)