||<p>The First Contact Practitioners (FCP) pilot is part of NHS England’s plan to increase
staff working in primary care to help ease pressure on general practice. FCPs are
physiotherapists with advance practice, who are able to support patient management
in primary care. To date, 41 of 42 physiotherapy practitioner pilot sites have commenced,
with a further site scheduled to go live on 1 April 2019.</p><p> </p><p>An evaluation
report is due to be completed in spring 2019, which is based on pilot site mobilisation.
Evaluation will continue during 2019/20.</p>