MSK First Contact Practitioners

When to see your FCP

Musculoskeletal (MSK) First Contact Practitioners (FCPs) are highly experienced clinicians and are able to assess, diagnose, treat and manage patients with muscle and joint issues. They are mainly Extended Scope Physiotherapists who are advanced physiotherapists with many years of experience.

When you have a muscle or joint concern MSK FCPs are offered as a better alternative to seeing your GP. Our service aims to improve your access to the Right Care, at the Right Time, from the Right Clinician. Early specialist assessment with advice has been proven to deliver better patient recovery and self-management.

The benefits of the MSK FCPs

  • Typically will be seen quicker than a GP appointment
  • Faster access to Musculoskeletal care
  • Longer more in-depth appointments
  • Reduced referrals to other NHS departments
  • MSK FCPs have direct referral access to tests such as Xray/ultrasounds

Service eligibility

  • Patients aged 16 or over.
  • An MSK problem which you are not already under active treatment for
  • MSK conditions such as
    • Soft tissue/Muscle/Tendon/Ligament strains/sprains.
    • Joint pain/injury.
    • Acute flare up of a long-term condition.
    • Back/Neck Pain.
    • Postural Pain/Problems.
    • Osteoarthritis.
    • Minor Trauma (Falls / Sports injuries).

The service is not appropriate for you if you have any of the reg flag conditions as well as your MSK concern

  • Weight loss
  • Previous history of cancer
  • Violent trauma
  • Fever
  • Saddle anaesthesia (loss of sensation of the buttocks, perineum or thighs)
  • Difficulty in micturition (abnormalities with the process of urinating)
  • Progressive neurology
  • Systemic steroid use

How do I book in?

Please contact your GP practice as normal and request an MSK appointment from the Receptionist.

How long will my appointment be?

Typically 20 Minutes for the initial assessment and 10 minutes for any subsequent follow up appointment arranged. If you require a longer appointment due to additional needs please advise on booking.