Specialist Physiotherapist Role
Guidance for patients
The Specialist Physiotherapist:
- Is a highly experienced physiotherapist who assesses patients with a new presentation or recurrence of strains, sprains, joint or muscle pain or stiffness.
Is more experienced than a GP in managing orthopaedic problems
- Provides rapid access to the most appropriate clinician for the patient’s problem
First presentation or recurrence of;
ü Neck pain
ü Back pain
ü Shoulder pain
ü Elbow pain
ü Hand and wrist pain
ü Hip and groin pain
ü Knee pain
ü Foot and ankle pain
ü Sprains and strains
ü Sports injuries
ü Road traffic accident injuries
ü Nerve problems
ü Provides a comprehensive assessment
ü Organises investigations (x-rays, blood tests, scans) if appropriate
ü Provides a management plan
ü Refers to physiotherapy, consultants, podiatry, appliances (splints and orthotics)
ü Organises joint injections
ü Organises prescriptions (via a GP or pharmacist)
û Longstanding bone joint or muscle problems
û Patients already under a hospital clinic for the same problem
û Children (under 16)
û Patients with active cancer
û Problems related to conditions other than muscle, bone, joints or nerves
û Does not prescribe (but can organise prescription via GP or pharmacist)
û Does not provide fit note (Med3) but can organise via GP
- There will be a choice of “On the day or “Prebookable” (aiming for a maximum 10-day wait).
- Appointments will be 20 minutes.
- Patients can be signposted by receptionists or can choose to book with the physiotherapist themselves.
- GPs may signpost to the physiotherapist via eConsultations or telephone consultations.
If the physiotherapist advises that a prescription is appropriate, they will request this via a GP or practice pharmacist at the end of surgery.
Fit notes (Med3)
If it is appropriate for a Med3 to be issued, the request will be processed at the end of surgery.