MSK related workload
across your practices
If you are a PCN looking to utilise ARRS funding to implement an FCP service, we offer a cost-effective solution that enables your member practices to benefit from a high-quality service without any of the employment or clinical supervision liability.
Primary Care Physio is England's largest national independent specialist first contact physiotherapy provider who is purely focused on supporting NHS Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and their GP practices to deliver high-quality and tech-enabled NHS primary care FCP solutions.
Through our talented team of nearly 400 MSK FCPs, Advanced Practitioners and podiatrists, who are all supported by experienced and Health Education England trained FCP clinical supervisors, we have been commissioned by nearly 200 NHS Primary Care Networks (PCNs) to deliver an integrated and local FCP managed service to a population of over 9 million patients.
Low back pain and neck pain are the greatest cause of years lost to disability in the UK, with chronic joint pain or osteoarthritis affecting more than 8.75 million people. In addition, musculoskeletal conditions also account for 30% of all GP appointments.
By 2024, all adults in England should be able to see a musculoskeletal first contact practitioner at their local GP practice without being referred by a GP.
The vast majority of musculoskeletal first contact practitioners are physiotherapists with enhanced skills. They can help patients with musculoskeletal issues such as back, neck and joint pain by:
By making it easier for patients to access skilled MSK practitioners, patients will have quicker access to diagnosis and treatment, helping them to manage their conditions more effectively and recover faster, so they can get back to normal life quickly. They will help GPs to manage their workload more effectively, and reduce the need for onward referrals.
Dr Will Howard, Coastal (West Hampshire) PCN
I would like to feedback that your team are providing an outstanding service to us and our patients, and we have received a lot of positive feedback from GPs, staff and patients alike - we are very grateful to have them.
Dr Clare Reeves, Trafford West PCN
Our FCP is settling in well and I am most impressed with how proactive she is with seeking to fine tune the referral pathways to optimise her role within the PCN.
Dr Jo Chan, Seisdon PCN
Primary Care Physio have been professional, mobilised quickly and supported us with implementation. Our first physiotherapist started in November, he is fantastic and has integrated well into our teams. We are looking forward to our second starting shortly.