For PCNs introducing the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme in line with the Network Contract DES, Ardens has produced a number of resources to support other Health Care Professionals recording activity within the GP practices.


To support First Contact Practitioners managing and treating MSK patients, Ardens has created a data entry form to record information during consultation and associated searches to report on activity. 


First Contact Practitioners Template

The clinical template to capture the data during consultation, can be accessed via the Run Template option within an open consultation (alternatively, outside of a consultation click on the Add > Data using Template option on the EMIS ribbon).


This will launch the Template Picker screen, type in 'First Contact' in the search field provided, to locate the Physiotherapy + First Contact Practitioner (Ardens) template. Double click to launch the template.



The template has been broken down by pages on the left-hand side, to easily navigate to the information you require.


The History page is used to appropriately record details about the patient's appointment, history and background information. Please always ensure you record the Appointment type, Encounter and Source information as this data will be pulled through to the relevant searches. 


The Examination page allows you to record use of a chaperone, any examination findings and to document risk assessment information based on red or yellow flags. 


The Management page can be used to record the appropriateness of the referral, details of the management plan, any advice given to the patient and any test, treatments or referrals.



The Resources page displays links to signposting resources which the patient may find useful. 


Complete the template using the necessary fields and Save the template. 


First Contact Practitioner Searches 

The searches can be located within the Population Reporting module > Ardens Searches > 1.3 Ardens Admin Searches > First Contact Practitioner / MSK Reporting folder. 


The search folder is broken down by First Contact Practitioner and MSK activity, with the option to view activity in the last year and/or last month.


Each folder contains activity for appointments, encounters, management referral and source. 



Right click on the search folder (or individual search) and click on the Run option. 


Once run, the results will populate in the Population Count column. To view details of the patients include in the search results, click on the Population Included tab.



Right click on the patient to access their record or the 'Check Patient' option, which will outline why the patient has been included in the criteria. 


The Population Excluded tab will display patients that do not meet the search criteria, you may want to use this option to identify patients that have not had the relevant data recorded.


Please see short video on using the Ardens First Contact Practitioner resources




If you require any further assistance on the process above, please contact Ardens support on: support-emis@ardens.org.uk