Care Navigators – Physio First

Patients registered in some western Wakefield GP practices can get a direct appointment with a physiotherapist without having to see the GP first.

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Services available

Short 20-minute physio appointments are available.

The patient receives a brief assessment, advice and signposting for the problem they have.

If the physiotherapist thinks the patient needs further investigation, referral or treatment, he/she can send a message to the GP for the patient so that in most cases a separate appointment with the GP is not required.

Any further assessment or treatments that the physiotherapist thinks the patient might need will be referred to their GP to arrange.

Selection criteria


If the patient is otherwise well:

  • Back pain
  • Spinal pain
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in the elbow, wrist or hand
  • Shoulder pain on movement
  • Pain in the hip, knee or ankle

But not:

  • Generally unwell
  • Serious mental illness
  • Under 16 years of age
  • Substance abuse
  • Chest pain
  • No neurological conditions (such as stroke or MS)
  • Abdominal pain

Advice for patients

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