First contact practitioners can be accessed directly by patients or by referral from a practice. This streamlines patient access to the care they require.
The vast majority of musculoskeletal first contact practitioners are physiotherapists with enhanced skills.
FCPs are people who;
- are excellent at listening and communicating, able to explain conditions and treatments esily
- have a calm and caring nature
- Are physically fit with strong organisational and planning skills
First contact physiotherapists will usually have completed a degree course in physiotherapy. This takes the usual two to three years full time and over four years part-time. A two-year accelerated Masters course is also an option if you already have a relevant degree. To practice you need to be registered with the HCPC.