Physios welcome in general practice – but not as substitutes for GPs, says RCGP

Publication date: 22 February 2019

Responding to NHS England plans to move forward with plans to place physiotherapists in GP practice, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "General practice is currently facing intense resource and workforce pressures and expanding the practice team to include clinical colleagues like physiotherapists is key to addressing this, and freeing up our time for patients who need our expert generalist skills.

"Physiotherapists are highly-skilled healthcare professionals who are expert at dealing with a multitude of musculoskeletal conditions that cause many patients a great deal of misery. This scheme has shown that having them working in GP practices is beneficial for both patients and general practice, and cost-effective for the NHS, and we welcome the further expansion of this initiative.

"However, physiotherapists like any other member of the wider practice team, must not be seen as a substitute for GPs, and we must continue to do everything possible to build the GP workforce by the thousands we desperately need to ensure the long-term sustainability of the NHS and patient care."

Further Information

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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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