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First contact practitioner specification

The elective care transformation programme has published its specification for MSK first contact practitioner services, developed with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

The specification sets out the actions that commissioners need to take to ensure direct access to these services for people with joint and muscle pain. A national roll-out is due to have taken place by 2023/24, in line with the commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan and GP contract framework to expand the number of physiotherapists working in primary care networks, enabling people to see the right professional first time, without needing a GP referral.