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Support AHPs to develop throughout their career, via advanced practice and new roles, including medicines management, digital technology and informatics and leadership and improvement, capacity and capability.

Deliver new roles and ways of working to optimise the scope of practice, including primary care, AP credentials, wider workforce activity, Sonography regulation and direct entry sonography routes.

Regional infrastructure

AHP Faculties

The AHP Faculty model provides the infrastructure to facilitate system-wide working between health and care providers and HEIs.

There are many benefits of working in this way which includes; ensuring AHP students have sufficient access to rich learning environments and creating sustainable and innovative recruitment and retention strategies to ensure our pipeline of AHP professionals continues to thrive and grow.

New roles and role expansion

Musculoskeletal First Contact Practitioners Services - Implementation Guide

The introduction of Musculoskeletal First Contact Practitioners (FCP) is a key element of NHS England’s approach to improving patient care and easing the pressure on GP surgeries. MSK conditions account for 20 per cent of a GP's caseload, FCP services place advanced musculoskeletal (MSK) practitioners in primary care teams and at the start of the patient’s pathway, enabling them to assess, diagnose and manage MSK patients. They are able to provide timely care to patients and increase GP capacity overall.

The Musculoskeletal First Contact Practitioners Services - Implementation Guide has been developed as a 'how-to' for introducing these new roles in your area, covering capability frameworks, governance issues and practical advice that draws on case studies in areas already offering the service.

View and download the Musculoskeletal First Contact Practitioners - Implementation Guide here