First Contact Physios are advanced clinical practitioners with skills to assess, diagnose, treat and manage MSK conditions. They work independently without day to day supervision and can see patients without a referral from a GP (patients can self-refer). They can also manage complex caseloads.

First Contact Physios will develop integrated and tailored care programmes in partnership with patients and support patients to develop self-management skills and confidence to manage their condition.

First Contact Physios can play a crucial role in creating stronger links with wider MSK services through clinical leadership, teaching and evaluation skills. They are expected to keep up to date and engage with national initiatives and lead this locally working with secondary care counterparts.