First Contact Physiotherapist

Newham Health Collaborative


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Job summary

Newham Health Collaborative have opportunities for 2 First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP) positions within the Primary Care Network. We are looking for physiotherapists who are available to work on a full-time basis with flexibility when required to work across sites within our PCN. We work collaboratively as a Primary Care Network (PCN), to pool our resources and workforce with the aim of providing excellent integrated services for our patients. The practices cover a patient population of over 43,000 patients. We are looking to provide services for our patients that are accessible within the area that they live.

For further information on the role or for an informal discussion please contact: Asma Karim-

We reserve the right to close the advert earlier due to volume of applications.

Main duties of the job

The First-contact Physiotherapist will have a Degree/diploma level education leading to State Registration by HCPC as a Physiotherapist and can evidence relevant MSK post - graduate qualification /training at masters level. The post holder will need to be confident in working independently, without day to day supervision, to assess, diagnose, triage, and manage patients, taking responsibility for prioritising and managing a caseload of the PCNs registered patients.

The post holder will be well versed with high-level decision-making and clinical-reasoning skills to assess, diagnose and triage of patients.

The post holder will be the link between primary, community and acute services. This will include relationships with MDTs, orthopaedic and physiotherapy consultant teams in the community and acute settings, therefore will have experience of managing and contributing to service delivery.

About us

NHC is small limited shareholding company working with all 48 GP practice members across Newham. Providing NHS Services based in Primary Care, pooling the skills and resources of local GPs to provide large scale services as part of the local NHS Strategy to bring more services into the Community to help.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide clinical expertise, acting as first-contact physiotherapist and making decisions about the best course of action for patients' care (including in relation to undifferentiated conditions). This will involve seeing patients, without prior contact with their GP, in order to establish a rapid and accurate diagnosis and management plan. Practitioners will use their clinical-reasoning skills to undertake an assessment of the presenting problem, interpret findings, develop working and differential diagnoses, and formulate, communicate and implement management plans that take account of individuals needs, goals and wishes, local service availability and local and national guidelines and policies.

Progress and request investigations to facilitate diagnosis and choice of treatment regime, understanding the information limitations derived from these and the relative sensitivity and specificity of particular tests diagnostic services such as x-rays and blood test, and interpret and act on results to aid diagnosis and the management plans of patients.

Enable individuals to make decisions about their care using the principles of shared decision making:

- helping them to identify the priorities and outcomes that are important to them

- explaining in non-technical language all available options (including doing nothing)

- exploring with them the risks, benefits and consequences of each available option

- supporting them to decide on their preferred way forward.

The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and operational efficiencies so requires motivation, innovation and passion to deliver excellent service within general practice

Person Specification

Personal and other


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate and co-operate with other members of the primary, community and secondary care teams.
  • Able to be flexible in place of work within Surrey Downs, depending on service need.
  • Professional attitude to self-reflection and own learning
  • Able to work without supervision
  • IT skills: able to competently use word processing, data base and spreadsheets


  • Ability to travel within Docklands PCN practices.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Detailed and up-to-date knowledge of MSK pathologies and their management, including indications for surgery
  • Relevant and comprehensive evidence of life-long learning and post-graduate training and its application to clinical practice.
  • Demonstration of biopsychosocial approach
  • Ability to demonstrate advanced decision making/ clinical reasoning skills in musculoskeletal medicine through the analysis and interpretation of the clinical examination
  • Excellent person-centred communication skills, including motivation interviewing and shared decision making
  • Ability to recognise own limitations and work within their own scope of practice
  • Experience of participating in audit


  • Knowledge of Pharmacology relating to relevant MSK medicines



  • Degree/diploma level education leading to State Registration by HCPC as a physiotherapist
  • Evidence of relevant MSK post - graduate qualification /training at masters level.


  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Relevant Masters or Degree
  • Diploma in Injection Therapy
  • Non-Medical Prescriber
  • Motivational interviewing / MECC training
  • IRMA type radiation courses



  • Extensive and varied clinical experience of management of MSK problems across the MSK pathway at senior level.


  • Experience of working across organisational boundaries in a healthcare setting
  • Experience of working in an extended role (requesting investigations etc)
  • Experience of teaching MSK medicine as part of clinical role.
  • Previous experience of working as an FCP
  • Requesting X-rays and scans experience

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Newham Health Collaborative


1st Floor Vicarage Lane Health Ctr

10 Vicarage Lane


E15 4ES

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For help with your application, contact:

Asma Karim

Date posted

09 August 2021

Pay scheme



£43,712 to £49,610 a year


Fixed term


2 years

Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

1st Floor Vicarage Lane Health Ctr

10 Vicarage Lane


E15 4ES

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