First Contact Practitioner (FCP)

The role of First Contact Practitioners (FCPs) in Primary Care is to assess patients with soft tissue, muscle and joint pain and to decide on the most appropriate management pathway.

FCPs are physiotherapists with expertise in the assessment and management of Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.

They may also be known as Advanced Practice Physiotherapists (APP) or MSK Practitioners.

Inclusion criteria for the Erewash FCP service:
  • Over 18 years of age
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Soft tissue injuries, sprains, strains, sports injuries
  • Arthritis (any joint)
  • Possible problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons or bone
  • Spinal pain including lower back pain, mid back pain and neck pain
  • Spinal-related pain in arms or legs, including nerve symptoms e.g. pins and needles
  • Post-orthopaedic surgery
The FCP will:
  • Assess you and diagnose what’s happening
  • Give expert advice on how best to manage your condition
  • Refer you on to specialist services if necessary