FCP - First Contact Physiotherapist

About our FCP - First Contact Physiotherapist

Amy Tildesley - First Contact Physiotherapist 

I have now been working at the Practice as a First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP) for the last 12 months. I am a qualified autonomous clinical practitioner who can assess, diagnose, treat and manage musculoskeletal (MSK) problems and undifferentiated conditions without a medical referral. 

I am able to be accessed directly by self-referral or by staff in the practice who can direct patients to me to establish a rapid and accurate diagnosis and management plan. This plan could include referral onto the Physiotherapy team based at West Cornwall or St. Michael's hospital for a course of physiotherapy or onwards to secondary care services such as Orthopaedics where appropriate. I am also able to request X rays or other forms of imaging when indicated. 
I currently work at St Clare Medical Centre on a Monday and Wednesday and at Cape Cornwall Surgery on a Thursday (Subject to change).  On each day I have a proportion of slots that can be booked in advance and some that can be booked on the day. All of these can be booked by calling 01736 363741 or 01736 788306 and they can be booked by a member of the reception team. If you are wanting to book an appointment on the day, please call the Practice when our lines open at 08:15am on the morning you are available. 
Problems I can see include All soft tissue injuries, sprains, strains or sports injuries
• Arthritis – any joint
• Possible problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons or bone, eg tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, ankle sprains
• Spinal pain including lower back pain, mid-back pain and neck pain
• Spinal-related pain in arms or legs, including nerve symptoms, eg pins and needles or numbness
• Post-orthopaedic surgery 
Conditions/ patients I currently do not see include 
• Acutely unwell
• Children under 16
• Medical management of rheumatoid conditions
• Women’s health, antenatal and postnatal problems
• House-bound patients
• Medication reviews for non-MSK conditions
• Neurological and respiratory conditions
• Headaches
• Acute mental health crises
• Patients who do not want to see a FCP
If you are unsure if you meet the criteria please speak to one of the admin team who will be happy to help. 
Please see this video link to help understand how a FCP can help.

When to see your FCP - First Contact Physiotherapist