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What exactly is a Physio First Quality Assured Practitioner / Quality Assured Clinic?

A Physio First Quality Assured Practitioner (QAP) is a private physiotherapist who has demonstrated the quality of their treatment and patient outcomes. They are a member of Physio First who has input sufficient data through our Data for Impact tool and whose data meets the criteria defined by Physio First and the University of Brighton (UoB) to become a QAP.

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

Both 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) and will use a patient recorded experience measure (PREM) in their practice.

How do I become a QAP/QAC?

To become either a QAP or QAC you must be a member of Physio First and be inputting data into our Data for Impact programme devised in collaboration with the University of Brighton. If you are not currently a member but are interested in joining Physio First, please click Join Now.

Why choose a Physio First member?

1. Physio First is a trusted and respected professional organisation established more than 60 years ago

2. We have more than 3,000 members working in private physiotherapy practices across the UK  

3. All our members are fully qualified and insured, giving you reassurance and peace of mind

4. Our members adhere to rules of Professional Conduct and Standards, including confidentiality

5. We promote the highest standards of professional practice and liaise closely with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 


What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a physical therapy that helps restore the body to health after illness, surgery, disease or trauma.

This process is often referred to as ‘rehabilitation’ and can help the body recover and repair from a range of illnesses and injuries.  

Our physiotherapists deal with conditions as varied as a sprained ankle or back pain, to the effects of a stroke, neurological conditions and chest problems. Other common complaints include injuries sustained at work, in road accidents or in sport. 

Physiotherapists use a number of different techniques to restore health and movement, such as manipulation, mobilisation, massage, exercise, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy and in some cases acupuncture. 

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