FCP roles require advanced skills across many areas based upon the principles of shared decision-making and person-centred care.
Please click here to view a flyer from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) which shows the benefits of employing FCPs in primary care.
In England, the First Contact Practitioners and Advanced Practitioners in Primary Care: (Musculoskeletal) Roadmap has been developed by Health Education England (HEE) and was released in October 2020. This is a document that provides a clear educational pathway from undergraduate to Advanced Practice for clinicians wishing to pursue a career in primary care and can be viewed here: https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/primary-care/first-contact-practitioners-advanced-practitioners-musculoskeletal
The Roadmap outlines the education, training and skills required in order to enable the development of a portfolio and to be registered as an FCP. It is aligned with the MSK core capabilities framework released in 2018, which can be viewed here: https://www.csp.org.uk/system/files/musculoskeletal_framework2.pdf
The Black Country and West Birmingham Training Hub can offer you access to our nationally recognised mentoring scheme, which has been offering support and career guidance to colleagues since 2018.
If you are planning to recruit FCPs, you may find the following example job description and person specification helpful:
To find out more about the First Contact Practitioner role, please click the links below:
The Training Hub has now appointed an FCP Ambassador to support the workforce and Primary Care Networks interested in recruiting FCPs.
Senthil Padmanabhan is an experienced FCP based in West Birmingham. He will be developing an FCP Network to enable peer support and learning opportunities, supporting colleagues with Roadmap requirements, and providing advice to practices and PCNs.