FCP - First Contact Physiotherapist
Ayton & Snainton Medical Practice
The closing date is 30 September 2021
NORTH RIDING COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK (PCN) are excited to offer a new opportunity for an enthusiastic, forward thinking First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP) to join our practice teams and to develop the role within our practice network. Full time or part time considered.
Our PCN was formed due to new NHS legislation and we are seeking an FCP who will bring enthusiasm and passion to the role as it becomes integrated into primary care. The post holder may be required to work across all four member practices Ampleforth and Hovingham Surgeries, Ayton and Snainton Medical Practice, Derwent Surgery and Sherburn and Rillington Surgeries.
GP mentorship will be provided by the GPs within the practice and continued professional development will be encouraged. We are happy to support the right applicant through the FCP pathway and joint injection courses.
Main duties of the job
The duties of this role will be to assess, diagnose, treat and manage musculoskeletal (MSK) problems and associated undifferentiated conditions. This will involve seeing patients, without prior contact with their GP, to establish a rapid and accurate diagnosis and management plan, thus streamlining pathways of care. The post holder will work independently and not require close supervision, thus helping to release workload currently undertaken by GPs. Patients can either self-refer or be referred by the networks members. The FCP will have a key role in supporting delivery of the new Network Contract DES Service specifications.
Our PCN is located on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and our surrounding area includes the Howardian Hills, white sandy beaches of the Yorkshire Coast and picturesque views of the Wolds, not forgetting the market town of Malton, Yorkshires famously renowned foodie destination. This is a picturesque tranquil area within easy reach of York and excellent road and rail links to major cities. The area offers affordable housing and an abundance of outdoor activities
We have a combined list size of 39,000 patients, each member practice has a CQC rating of good in all areas and 3 out of the 4 practices are dispensing practices. You could be working at any of our practices but we will aim to limit that to two workplaces on a regular basis.
If you are interested in joining the team we would love to hear from you.
For further information please contact Pam Saltmer, Practice Manager on 01723 863100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for applications is: 30th September 2021
Job Description: First Contact Physiotherapist
Job Title: First Contact Physiotherapist
Salary: Indicative Agenda for Change Band 6 8A
(based on experience and qualification)
Base: PCN Network
Hours: Up to 37.5 hours per week
Responsible to: PCN & Member Practices in North Riding Community Health Network.
The First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP) will have advanced skills to assess, diagnose, treat and manage musculoskeletal (MSK) problems and associated undifferentiated conditions. This will involve seeing patients, without prior contact with their GP, to establish a rapid and accurate diagnosis and management plan, thus streamlining pathways of care. They can work independently and do not require supervision, thus helping to release workload currently undertaken by GPs. Patients can either self-refer or be referred by the networks members. The FCP will have a key role in supporting delivery of the new Network Contract DES Service specifications.
The First Contact Physiotherapist will:
- Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a patient facing role, using their expert knowledge of Musculoskeletal (MSK) issues, to create stronger links for wider MSK services.
- Assess, diagnosis, triage and treat patients either via patient self-referrals or referrals from a professional within the network, and take responsibility for managing those referrals.
- Progress and request investigations (such as x-rays and blood tests) to facilitate diagnosis and choice of treatment regime.
- Develop integrated and tailored care programmes in partnership with patients and provide a range of treatment options, including self-management, exercise groups or individual treatment sessions. These programmes will facilitate behavioural change, optimise patients physical activity and mobility, support fulfilment of personal goals and independence and reduce the need for pharmacological interventions.
- Develop and make use of their scope of practice and clinical skills, including those relating to independent prescribing, injection therapy and imaging referral rights (where qualified/experienced).
- Provide learning opportunities for the whole multi-professional team within primary care. They will also work across the multi-disciplinary team to develop more effective and streamlined clinical pathways and services.
- Liaise with secondary care MSK services, as required, to support the management of patients in primary care.
- Using their professional judgement, take responsibility for making and justifying decisions in unpredictable situations, including in the context of incomplete/contradictory information.
- Be accountable for decisions and actions via Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration, supported by a professional culture of peer networking/review and engagement in evidence-based practice.
Collaborative Working Relationships
Recognises the roles of other colleagues within the organisation and their role to patient care
Demonstrates use of appropriate communication to gain the co-operation of relevant stakeholders (including patients, senior and peer colleagues, and other professionals, other NHS/private organisations e.g. CCGs)
Demonstrates ability to work as a member of a team
Is able to recognise personal limitations and refer to more appropriate colleague(s) when necessary
Actively work toward developing and maintaining effective working relationships both within and outside the practice and locality
Foster and maintain strong links with all services across our locality
Explores the potential for collaborative working and takes opportunities to initiate and sustain such relationships
Demonstrates ability to integrate general practice with community teams
Liaises with CCG and secondary care colleagues including Physiotherapists working in those services on related matters to ensure consistency of patient care and benefit
Liaises with other local FCPs to benefit from peer support
Liaises with other stakeholders as needed for the collective benefit of patients including but not limited to:
o GP, nurses and other practice staff
o Other primary and secondary care healthcare professionals
o Locality / GP prescribing lead
o Locality managers
o Community nurses and other allied health professionals
o Community and hospital physiotherapy teams
o Hospital staff with responsibilities for physiotherapy services
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required
Completion of an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy and registration health Care and Professions Council or appropriate professional body.
Recognises priorities when problem-solving and identifies deviations from normal pattern and is able to refer to seniors or GPs when appropriate
Able to follow legal, ethical, professional and organisational policies/procedures and codes of conduct
Involves patients in decisions about treatment plans and supporting adherence as per NICE guidelines.
Demonstrate understanding of the FCP role in governance and is able to implement this appropriately within the workplace.
Demonstrate understanding of, and contributes to, the workplace vision
Engages with Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) and involves PPGs in development of the role and practices
Demonstrates ability to improve quality within limitations of service
Reviews yearly progress and develops clear plans to achieve results within priorities set by others.
Demonstrate ability to motivate self to achieve goals
Promotes diversity and equality in people management techniques and leads by example.
Demonstrate understanding of the implications of national priorities for the team and/or service
Demonstrate understanding of the process for effective resource utilisation
Demonstrate understanding of, and conforms to, relevant standards of practice
Demonstrates ability to identify and resolve risk management issues according to policy/protocol
Follows professional and organisational policies/procedures relating to performance management
Demonstrate ability to extend boundaries of service delivery within the team
Education, Training and Development:
Understands and demonstrates the characteristics of a role model to members in the team and/or service
Demonstrates understanding of the mentorship process
Demonstrates ability to conduct teaching and assessment effectively according to a learning plan with supervision from more experience colleague
Demonstrates self-development through continuous professional development activity and will identifying areas to develop
Participates in the delivery of formal education programmes
Demonstrates an understanding of current educational policies relevant to working areas of practice and keeps up to date with relevant clinical practice.
Ensures appropriate clinical supervision is in place to support development
Enrolled into review and appraisal systems within the practice
Research and Evaluation:
Demonstrates ability to critically evaluate and review literature
Demonstrates ability to identify where there is a gap in the evidence base to support practice
Demonstrates ability to generate evidence suitable for presentations at practice and local level
Demonstrates ability to apply research evidence base into working place
Demonstrates understanding of principles of research governance.
Health and Safety/Risk Management
The post-holder must comply at all times with the Practices Health and Safety policies, in particular by following agreed safe working procedures and reporting incidents using the organisations Incident Reporting System.
The post-holder will comply with the Data Protection Act (1984) and the Access to Health Records Act (1990).
Equality and Diversity
The post-holder must co-operate with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment. Co-workers, patients and visitors must be treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.
Respect for Patient Confidentiality
The post-holder should respect patient confidentiality at all times and not divulge patient information unless sanctioned by the requirements of the role.
Special Working Conditions
The post-holder is required to travel independently between practice sites (where applicable), and to attend meetings etc. hosted by other agencies.
The post-holder will have contact with body fluids i.e. wound exudates; urine etc. while in clinical practice.
Job Description Agreement
This job description is intended to provide an outline of the key tasks and responsibilities only. There may be other duties required of the post-holder commensurate with the position.
This description will be open to regular review and may be amended to take into account development within the Practice. All members of staff should be prepared to take on additional duties or relinquish existing duties in order to maintain the efficient running of the Practice.
This job description is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the post and is not exhaustive. It will be subject to regular review and amendment as necessary in consultation with the post holder.
Disclosure and Barring Service Check
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
Ayton & Snainton Medical Practice
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16 August 2021