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First Contact Physiotherapist Team


The role of First Contact Physiotherapists (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.

The FCP team can see patients over the age of 18 who have;

  • Soft tissue injuries, sprains, strains or sports injuries
  • Arthritis – any joint
  • Possible problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons or bone, eg tennis elbow, carpal tunnel   syndrome, ankle sprains
  • Spinal pain including lower back   pain, mid-back pain and neck pain
  • Spinal-related pain in arms or legs, including nerve symptoms, eg pins  and needles or numbness
  • Post-orthopaedic surgery
  • Women’s health, antenatal and postnatal problems

If you would like to consult with one of our FCP Physiotherapists, then raise your request on Ask My GP in the usual way.