Do you want to become a Quality Assured Practitioner or a Quality Assured Clinic?

Join Physio First and be part of our ground-breaking Quality Assured Practitioner scheme. Your practice could also be amongst the first clinics in the UK to become a Quality Assured Clinic.

Our Quality Assured Practitioner (QAP) scheme is available to full and affiliate members of Physio First who have submitted sufficient patient outcome data into the Data for Impact tool to achieve the QAP mark.

A Quality Assured Clinic (QAC) is a private physiotherapy practice where all MSK practitioners are Physio First members (full, affiliate or part-time subscription) and are all QAP's or are working towards this status. All their staff are inputting sufficient patient outcomes data using the Data for Impact tool. These practices are achieving quality standards across the whole clinic. 

The benefits of the new QAC status are:

  • Being able to demonstrate and promote your practice on the basis that all of your MSK physios are providing an evidence-based quality service
  • Benchmarking your clinic's services nationally
  • Learning how to improve your patient outcomes
  • Understanding your patient demographics to allow for better target marketing
  • Promote your MSK practice as a Quality Assured Clinic
  • It costs nothing to take part, you just need to be a Physio First member or part time subscriber (more information on this is available here)

QAC's and QAP's will have met the criteria defined by Physio First in collaboration with the University of Brighton and be collecting validated PROMs (Patient Recorded Outcome Measure).

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For any questions you may have about our QAP or QAC scheme, find the answer here:

How do I join under the part-time subscription?

Part-time subscriptions

  • Go to join online - https://www.physiofirst.org.uk/join.html
  • Complete step 1 all the way through to our privacy policy and payment screens
  • You will be sent a confirmation email which will confirm you have joined Physio First as a part-time subscriber
  • We will send you details on how to sign up to Data for Impact (which you must do within 1 calendar month from joining to obtain your part-time subscription)

If you work alone or are the practice principal you are not eligible for part-time subscription.

Introducing part-time subscriptions for Quality Assured Clinics

  • When we first started exploring Quality Assured Clinic status we realised that a very important section of our industry would miss out on QAC status unless we created a new subscription category to allow for those working part time. Many clinics rely on part time staff and we felt it was only fair to make the scheme as open to them as possible.
  • A part-time subscription level has been created for private physiotherapists that work 20 hours or less and work for a clinic working towards QAC status by collecting data on all their new patients where possible. This new part-time subscriber category allows part time colleagues to pay a proportionally lower subscription rate and allow them to participate in Quality Assured Clinic.
  • To apply for this rate your practice principal must confirm in writing that you meet the definition of a part-time subscriber, and you work 20hrs or less per week. You must also begin to collect patient outcome data on Data for Impact and be collecting PROM’s within 1 calendar month of joining Physio First. Part-time subscription is not available to practice principals, or those who are not participating in Data for Impact.
  • We have also created an ‘on hold’ subscription category for MSK clinicians who are on maternity leave, or absent from work in clinics working towards QAC status. This allows clinics who have absent staff during the data collection period to still take part. If the staff member returns within the next measuring period they will be required to become a member, or part-time subscriber, before the clinic can be measured again and gain or regain their QAC status.

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How is part-time subscription defined?

A part-time subscription level has been created for private physiotherapists that work 20 hours or less and work for a clinic working towards Quality Assured Clinic (QAC) status by collecting data on all their new patients where possible. This new part-time subscriber category allows part time colleagues to pay a proportionally lower subscription rate and allow them to participate in a QAC status.

To apply for this rate, your practice must confirm in writing that you meet the definition of a part-time subscriber, and you work 20 hours or less per week. You must also begin to collect patient outcome data on Data for Impact (DfI) and be collecting PROMs within one calendar month of joining Physio First. Part-time subscription is not available to practice principals, sole practitioners or those who are not participating in DfI.

When joining Physio First as a part-time subscriber you will be asked to input the number of hours you work through our join online application.

Private physiotherapists who work alone or are the practice principal and have a stake in the business then you are not eligible for part-time subscription.

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How does my practice become a Physio First Quality Assured Clinic?

To become a QAC you and your MSK colleagues will need to continue inputting your data if you are already doing so or start now. Our University of Brighton team will download your data and will confirm those clinics to be awarded via email. Data downloads and QAC assessments will run alongside QAP assessments in January, May and September.

Here’s the criteria for becoming a QAC:

  • All clinic staff must be collecting their patient data through Data for Impact. To do this, each team member will receive their own login, username and password and will also be collecting PROMs.
  • All clinic MSK practitioners must be Physio First members or part-time subscribers, no matter their employment status – self-employed associate or employee (Part-time subscription is not available to practice principals, or those who are not participating in DfI). If you have any full time physiotherapists that need to join, you can benefit from significant discounts via Refer a Colleague (Our Refer a Colleague scheme is not open for part-time subscribers, please see our T&Cs here).
  • This is open to all clinics of any size, from single-practitioner clinics to multi-practices.
  • If you have part-time colleagues they can still participate through our new part-time subscription. They will be assessed on a pro-rata basis based on the number of hours they work.

Clinics will have their individual data amalgamated into one clinic report once consent is obtained from each participant. Only the practice principal will receive the clinic report. Individual participants who are also QAPs will have their own individual reports which can be used for CPD and peer review purposes.

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How do I, as a practice principal, apply for QAC status?

You need to apply to the University of Brighton, who will send you a declaration form where you enter all the names of your MSK practitioners and the number of hours they work.

The University will then contact each practitioner, who must be actively participating in Data for Impact, to obtain their consent to amalgamate all of their data into your clinic report.

This report will then be tested against the criteria agreed between the University and Physio First and if you reach or are above the baseline then your clinic will be awarded Quality Assured Clinic status for the following twelve months.

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What if all my practitioners are not treating MSK patients

This is fine you will not need to add them to your declaration as their data will obviously not be able to be entered into the DfI tool as this is for MSK patients only at present.

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I am a single-handed practitioner, can I apply for QAC status?

Yes, the only additional requirements over QAP status is a declaration by you to confirm that you are the only MSK physiotherapist in your practice. So, you need to:

  • Contact the University of Brighton who will send you a declaration form which you need to complete to confirm that you are the only MSK physio in your clinic
  • Have collected 50+ discharged datasets within 12 months
  • Be collecting PROMs
  • Reach criterion testing – for details please click here to read our FAQ ‘Which parts of our analysed data make up the Physio First QAP baseline?’ - see here

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I am a single-handed practitioner and a QAP, can I apply for QAC status?

If your QAP status was awarded in the past 12 months and you are collecting PROMs then you can apply for QAC status, for the duration of your current QAP award. You simply have to contact the UoB at this email address physiosurvey@brighton.ac.uk and complete the declaration form confirming that you are the only MSK physiotherapist in your clinic.

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How will I receive clinic reports?

You will have to apply to UoB who will amalgamate all the data from your clinic, once permission is obtained from your practitioners and there is sufficient data, the University will then pass the report to you as practice principal.

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I'm a practice principal how do I confirm the part time status of a member of my team, what do I do?

Annually sign a declaration sent to you by UoB, on application, stating the number of MSK staff in your clinic and providing the UoB with the number of hours they work a week when you apply for testing.

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How do part-time subscribers participate in Data for Impact and Quality Assured Clinic?

Part-time subscribers will have to join Physio First by going through our join online application, click here.

Once confirmation has been sent to you via email from Physio First that you are a part-time subscriber of Physio First then please follow the next steps:

  • You will need to sign up to Data for Impact using the UoB application process, click here 
  • Once confirmation has come through from the UoB that your application has been successful then you will begin inputting data.

If your practice principal wishes to apply for QAC status, then they will apply to the UoB who will send a delaration to the practice principal who will confirm your part time working hours to the UoB.

If you join Physio First as a part-time subscriber, the initial cost is £120

This is made up of:

  • £120 for 2019/20 subscription

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What is an on hold membership subscription?

Physio First's membership is split into different membership categories; Full, Affiliate, Non-practising and Honorary life.

Within our Constitution, (click here to read) under point 4.3 Non-practising membership is stated as "Non-practising membership shall be open to those Chartered Physiotherapists who have previously held Full Physio First membership but who are currently not practising as a physiotherapist at all".

This membership lasts for a maximum of 2 years for an annual price of £40 (rates at 2018).

Below are some examples as to why you may wish to convert to Non-practising:

  • Maternity leave
  • On a break from practising
  • Personal reasons
  • Long term illness
  • Any reason that may prevent you from practising.

How to put your data on hold

To put your membership on hold please contact Physio First by emailing us at minerva@physiofirst.org.uk

If you are collecting data via our Data for Impact project, your data can also be put on hold by contacting UoB by emailing them on physiosurvey@brighton.ac.uk

What to do when returning back to work

When you have returned to work and practising fully you can then convert back to Full membership or part-time subscriber and start collecting data.

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Do I receive a certificate and special QAC logo?

The clinic will receive a certificate and QAC logo which will be sent by Physio First and the practice principal will receive this.

Once data has been extracted and tested the UoB will send through a clinic report to your practice principal, if you have been successful in testing you will have to send through the email you get to minerva@physiofirst.org.uk

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How often will my clinic be re-assessed?

Your QAC status lasts for a 12-month period. Once this is due to expire you will need to apply to UoB for retesting at the next download of data. QAC testing runs alongside our QAP testing  from data downloads in January, May and September each year if your clinic has collected sufficient data sets in the past 12 months and are collecting PROMs.

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