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First Contact Practitioner workforce modelling tool


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First Contact Practitioner workforce modelling tool

First Contact Practitioners (FCPs) provide increased capacity to general practice by offering patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions direct access to advice, assessment and self-management options across the MSK pathway.

FCPs also help reduce unwarranted variation in secondary care referrals and imaging requests.  The NHS Long Term Plan sets out a commitment to ensure all patients have direct access to FCPs by 2022/23. To deliver this ambition, and support systems with their mobilisation planning, the South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit has developed a FCP workforce modelling tool. Primary care networks (PCNs) can use this tool to identify FCP workforce capacity at a system level, including potential gaps and areas of opportunity. For more information on FCPs or the workforce modelling tool, please contact england.fcpmsk@nhs.net.   https://future.nhs.uk/system/login (login required)