Physiotherapists Vital to 'First Contact Care,' Says Expert
The president of the National Association of Primary Care has stated that physiotherapy is an 'absolutely vital' part of first contact care.
Source: National Association of Primary Care
Speaking at the Westminster Health Forum, Dr James Kingsland was discussing plans concerning delivering new models of care and vanguard sites, and giving a progress report on the status of Primary Care Home, a multi-specialty community provider model.
Primary Care Home was set up with the aim of creating an integrated workforce with special focus on partnerships between primary, secondary and social care.
Kingsland announced that 15 rapid test sites had been set up in Eng land catering to populations ranging from 30,000 to 50,000, and that plans were afoot to expand the programme to 100 sites covering five million residents from next month.
He went on to state that plans to place a physiotherapist into general practices should be expanded so physiotherapy services were available as part of a multi-specialty, multi-screening team designed around a local population.
He said: "This is not the panacea for primary care or first contact care delivery, but it is the most excited and interested that I have been as a clinician of 32 years standing and 28 years as a GP,
"There are people who present to their general practice who actually have a musculoskeletal problem, or a continence problem, or other problems that can be dealt with by a physio.
"At the moment I write a referral letter to a remote organisation, to a physiotherapist I don’t know, who sees the patient with a different care record, gives them an intervention, sends them back to me and I get a note that we scan into our records a few weeks later.
"That is no way to have an integrated service."