What are the responsibilities of providers regarding first contact practitioner roles?

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What are the responsibilities of providers regarding first contact practitioner roles?

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Allied health professionals (AHPs) can become first contact practitioners (FCPs) or advanced practitioners within primary care settings and can enhance patient care by ensuring the right person sees the patient at the right time.

The CQC have published a mythbuster explaining responsibilities for providers when recruiting and managing staff deployed in FCP roles in primary care settings, which relates to those employed via the reimbursement scheme and other FCPs employed in primary care settings.

Staff deployed in these roles include:

  • paramedics

  • first contact physiotherapists

  • podiatrists

  • dietitians

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