What is a First Contact Practitioner (FCP)?

This is a role created to support GPs and ease their huge caseload. Research has shown that up to 30% of a GPs caseload at any one time is comprised of Musculoskeletal Complaints.

An FCP works within the GP surgery or the wider PCN as a part of the Clinical team, seeing patients who have MSK needs.

An FCP is a fully qualified, experienced Physiotherapist who is able to assess, diagnose, treat and manage patients with a range of Musculoskeletal conditions. They are accredited by Health Education England and have to follow the highest clinical and professional standards. They are also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.