In response increasing demand on GPs, Health Education England (HEE) is spearheading an initiative designed to deploy Allied Health Professionals as First Contact Practitioners (FCP). The HEE is clear that osteopaths may be able to apply for such roles and the iO will now be advertising these on its online jobs board, Osteopathic Opportunities.
These senior NHS posts are designed to take the pressure off GP colleagues, by being the first person to see patients with MSK conditions; advise, triage and refer directly for scans, blood tests and surgery as required.
If you are thinking of applying, visit NHS Matters where you will find advice on the application process or contact Matthew@iosteopathy.org. The iO will be monitoring the situation and share opportunities as they become available.
It has been estimated that over the next 10 years, the NHS will have 20,000 too few GPs for everyone in the UK to have access to a family doctor. This crisis has prompted the health service to start to think more innovatively about how they deploy clinicians and Allied Health professionals such as osteopaths, physiotherapists and podiatrists .
For more information on FCP initiative read the article published in January 2018 edition of Osteopathy Today, page 7: