The role of First Contact Physiotherapists (FCPs) in primary Care is to assess patients with an acute (less than six weeks) onset of soft tissue, muscle and joint pain and to decide on the most appropriate management pathway.
FCPs are physiotherapists with an expertise in the assessment and management of Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
The FCP will assess the patient by telephone in the first contact and then decide on the clinical need if the patient needs to be assessed face to face and then signpost them to the appropriate treatment.
Do you have joint pain and think you may require physiotherapy exercises? The following website offers free resources which include exercises and advice to help aid common pains and conditions such as:
- Foot pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis elbow
- Back pain
Alternatively, physiotherapy are now offering assessments to patients with new problems. You do not need to see the GP to make an appointment, simply download and complete the attached referral form and return it to the email address or postal address at the bottom of the referral. You will be contacted directly by the physio department.
Physiotherapy Self Referral Form