First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP)
Watford Health Centre benefit from having a First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP) who works at the surgery at least two days a week. Musculoskeletal (MSK) condition account for 1 in 5 GP appointments. Most of these can be dealt with by our FCP without the need to see a GP.
FCPs are trained to spot and act on red flags. They are autonomous, regulated practitioners, holding their own professional liability and don’t require supervision or delegation from medical colleagues.
If you do have an MSK problem please do ask to speak to our FCP instead of the GP who can assess, diagnose, and provide exercises and where needed carry out further investigations and refer on to specialist services. This can be done via our reception team.
FCP Services at Watford Health Centre:
The FCP services at WHC are managed by Ms Saumya (Sam) Srivastava. She did her Physiotherapy Degree (2002 -2006) from India. She then worked for a year in India, before coming to UK for her further studies. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in MSK Sciences from UCL (2009) followed by a Master’s Degree in Pain Science and Society from KCL (2010). After completion of her Master’s degree, she started working as HCPC and CSP registered physiotherapist in the UK.
She is an experienced physiotherapist with a demonstrated history of working in the national and private health care industry (more than 10 year of work experience). She is skilled in Manual Therapy, Healthcare, Primary Care, Musculoskeletal System, and Holistically Approached Rehabilitation Strategies.
This is not intended to be a treatment providing service but an assessment service so that the patient can receive the correct care and be managed within one appointment. However, there will be circumstances where the patient needs to be reviewed and can be booked in with The FCP again by contacting the GP reception team directly.