Physio 'first contact' service

GP practices may be able to provide patients with direct access to a physiotherapist, rather than with a GP, from next year.
NHS England’s national director of primary care, GP Dr Arvind Madan, told delegates at the RCGP’s Annual Conference last week that it was his ambition to roll the change out nationwide in 2018.
Some areas found piloting self-referral to physiotherapy managed to slash costs by a third, and Dr Madan said that NHS England is working with ‘several partners’ on developing a national scheme, and more details would be presented in future.
Read Pulse’s article on this in full for more details.