Practice based physiotherapist service
The GPFV (page 47) suggests that there will be funding for a service that allows patients to see a physiotherapist for musculoskeletal problems without having to see a GP first. The physiotherapist would be based in a single practice or shared between a number of practices. Pilots show that approximately 20% of appointments are for musculoskeletal complaints and that a cost and time saving of over 20% per patient seen can be achieved. The CCG has announced that it will in 2016/17 re-procure all adult MSK physiotherapy services for both AQP and non-AQP.
It is not yet clear how the GPFV ambition for more physiotherapists fits with the CCG commissioning intentions.