Standardised National Data Collection for First Contact Practitioners – Guidance

This guidance provides instructions on how to collect and export FCP appointment activity on primary care data systems using a standardised list of outputs. It was produced by FCP Amanda Hensman-Crook with input from the CSP, NHS Digital and NHS England. In 2019, the guidance was revised by the CSP’s Euan McComiskie in conjunction with Amanda. Continue reading

Everything you wanted to know about setting up a Musculoskeletal Service but were afraid to ask!

This webinar describes how we set up the Telford Musculoskeletal Service, some of the problems we encountered along the way, and our solutions.

After winning a tender three years ago, the MSK Service was devised to be a single point-of-access for Rheumatology, Pain, Physio, Orthopaedics and musculoskeletal services in the NHS within Telford. The service is a Prime Vendor-type model with Shropshire Community Trust holding the main contract and sub-contracting to other NHS and Private providers in the locality.
We would like to thank Roche Products Limited and Chugai Pharma UK for supporting this webinar with an unrestricted independent grant. The pharmaceutical companies have had no editorial involvement in this webinar. Continue reading

First Contact Physiotherapy posts in General Practice: A guide for implementation

This new guidance, developed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy with the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners, provides practical help for GPs and commissioners looking to implement physiotherapy services in primary care. It sets out the benefits, the funding options and the practical considerations of implementing and evaluating First Contact Physiotherapy roles. Continue reading

Musculoskeletal Diseases Profile June Update

PHE have updated the Musculoskeletal Diseases profile today to include four new indicators and four updated time points for 2016/17.  Continue reading

Health Matters- Productive Healthy Ageing – Musculoskeletal Health

This resource for health professionals and local authorities makes the case for action to support healthy productive later life with a specific reference to musculoskeletal Health. Continue reading

MSK First Point-of-Contact Model

Patients presenting with MSK problems make up to 1 in 5 primary care consultations and 10% of GP referrals. Enabling people to self-refer to MSK first contact practitioner (FCP) services can speed up access to treatment, reduce GP workload and associated costs, reduce unnecessary diagnostic referrals, increase self-management and reduce inappropriate referrals to secondary care.

To support clinicians, managers and commissioners in their efforts to forecast and monitor these impacts, we have developed an easy to use tool; the MSK First Point of Contact Model.

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RCGP eLearning module

Gain CPD accreditation by completing theRoyal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and National Osteoporosis Society’s e-learning osteoporosis module. This half-hour e-learning module will test your knowledge of osteoporosis management including:
– identifying high risk patients
– when to initiate treatment
– how often to monitor patients

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Osteoporosis Resources for Primary Care

A comprehensive online resource for primary health care teams as well as webinar training for primary care health professionals. ORPC is the one-stop place to access online information about early diagnosis, treatment and management of osteoporosis as well as resources to use with your patients.

The Introduction, Identification, Investigation, Initiation and Information sections will guide you through developing an understanding of osteoporosis, its diagnosis and management.

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Fracture Prevention Practitioner Training (e-learning)

This online training course enables all health professionals to deliver excellent health care to people with or at risk of osteoporosis and fragility fractures throughout the UK. This is the only course of its kind that provides the underpinning knowledge required to deliver best practice. The modules are free to access. The assessment is CPD accredited and costs £50.00.

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