Results have been very promising, with the pilot study freeing up 500 patient appointments that would have otherwise been booked with a GP, along with other practice and healthcare system benefits including reduced costs. At the same time, the vast majority of patients reported that they were very satisfied with the service, receiving specialist care at the first point of contact.

A one-year full-time secondment has now commenced shared across five practices in the West & Central area of the Island, which it is estimated will release approximately 3,750 much- needed patient appointments with a GP.

The IOW NHS Trust Physiotherapy service state: “The pilot has been a real success both for patients and for GPs and their practices, freeing up valuable GP time for those who need it, while ensuring patients receive the timely and effective specialist care they need.”

You can read more about the pilot in the case study written by Katie Clough here:

First Point of Contact (FPC) Advanced Musculoskeletal Practitioner (AMskP) in Primary Care.