First Contact Physiotherapist

First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP)

  1. Katharine Fennelly
  2. Brent O'Connor
  3. Alexander Liu


First Contact Practitioners (FCP) are qualified autonomous clinical practitioners who can assess, diagnose, treat, and manage musculoskeletal (MSK) problems and undifferentiated conditions and, where appropriate, discharge a person without a medical referral.


FCPs working in this role can be accessed directly by patients, or staff in GP practices can refer patients to them to establish a rapid and accurate diagnosis and management plan to streamline pathways of care.



  • Relieve up to 30% of GP workload attributed to musculoskeletal conditions and achieve better patient outcomes.
  • Improves patient access.