First Contact Practitioner - Physiotherapist - Sherwood PCN

Primary Integrated Community Services

The closing date is 24 October 2021

Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a First Contact Physiotherapist/Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist (FCP/APP) to join our dynamic team. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about providing high quality care.

PICS are supporting our FCPs to develop their skills and knowledge in line with the FCP Roadmap.

You will be based within Sherwood Primary Care Network (PCN) covering:

  • Sherwood Medical Partnership
  • Abbey Medical Group
  • Bilsthorpe Surgery
  • Hill View Surgery
  • Major Oak Medical Centre
  • Middleton Lodge Practice
  • Rainworth Primary Care Centre

Sherwood PCN has a patient population in excess of 59,890. You will be part of a wider team of FCPs and supported by our Clinical Lead FCP who is on the PICS leadership team.

Main duties of the job


  • To provide expert assessment, diagnosis and management of MSK patients, requesting investigations and carrying out onward referral into community-based services, secondary care and 3rd sector/social prescribing where relevant.
  • Management of patients with complex presentations including long-term conditions, comorbidities and multi-factorial needs.

Provide clinical expertise, acting autonomously within the boundaries of locally agreed pathways and protocols as appropriate to the role being carried out.


  • BSc or equivalent in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registered
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Evidence of post graduate qualification or evidence of working at an equivalent level in musculoskeletal physiotherapy

About us

We offer a comprehensive package which includes:

  • Part of a team of experienced practitioners and supported by a Clinical Lead First Contact Physiotherapist who will help support your professional development
  • Part of the NHS Pension Scheme or an alternative government based scheme (based on eligibility) with generous employer contributions
  • Competitive salaries with clear progression pathways referenced to NHS Agenda for Change
  • Fully integrated with NHS IT systems
  • Generous annual leave entitlement which references NHS Agenda for Change and recognises previous NHS service
    • On appointment 27 days plus 8 days bank holiday entitlement
    • After 5 years 29 days plus 8 days bank holiday entitlement
    • After 10 years 33 days plus 8 days bank holiday entitlement
  • Competitive leave entitlement that includes sickness pay and maternity leave
  • Join a caring culture and a company of can do experts

Job description

Job responsibilities


As a First Contact Physiotherapist, you will work alongside the multi-disciplinary teams within the Primary Care Network. You will be a dedicated professional who shares the values of PICS and the NHS to deliver high quality primary care. You will clinically manage musculoskeletal conditions of your patients through clinical expertise working autonomously when assessing, diagnosing and treating patients with varying conditions.


To start your journey as a First Contact Practitioner - Physiotherapist (FCP-Physio), you will be an experienced clinician with a minimum of 3 years musculoskeletal experience and have a current HCPC registration status. A desire to work autonomously in the GP Primary Care setting and pursue further education is what drives you to join our team. If you thrive in an environment that challenges your skills and knowledge, and seek fantastic career development, we have a job for you.

Primary Integrated Community Services Ltd (PICS) is one of the largest employer of FCP's in England and has two Clinical FCP Leads in post that are ensuring its FCP's are fulfilling the requirements of the HEE FCP Roadmap. We are committed to further the development of FCP as specialist MSK professionals in primary care. We employ GP's, Nurses, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Prescribers, Health & Well-Being Coaches and FCP -Paramedics.

PICS is a recognised NHS Employer and offers NHS terms & conditions.

You will be responsible for delivering frontline specialist musculoskeletal assessment, triage and care to a varied selection of NHS patients. This will involve both telephone triage and Face-to-Face assessments. Your role in the GP Practice will require close discussion with GP's, Practice Nurses, Practice Managers, Clinical Pharmacists etc. to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time. You will be a self-motivated practitioner always striving to pursue excellence and the best care for your patient.

You will be responsible for referring patients into the MSK Hub for further triage and onward referral, as well as deciding if the patient needs support from other Primary Care colleagues. Taking the initiative and having ownership of a problem-solving approach to care are crucial behaviours for this post.

We have established FCP Physiotherapy Services for over a year and as such, we have a proven track record of effective and efficient service delivery. We have excellent feedback from our MDCT team and patients. We are committed to quantifying our key performance indicators and share this information widely. In-service training is provided and on-going development of your professional skills is expected.

GP Mentorship, support and supervision is integral to the post, as well as the full support of the Clinical Lead who are working closely with Health Education England and the East Midland CSP network. Fulfilment of registration on the HEE FCP Register is on-going across the Mid Notts region.


You will play a pivotal role in the existing FCP services, working in collaboration with the 6 Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in the Mid-Notts area: Mid-Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) - Nottingham & Nottinghamshire ICS - Nottingham & Nottinghamshire ICS (

You will work within a primary care setting, in busy GP Practices, as part of the wider community physiotherapy and MSK services. The FCP role is a subset of the Advanced Practice Physiotherapy network and as such, close collaboration with or partners is crucial.

The FCP service will require you to perform frontline patient screening with direct referral from GP receptionists. From initial assessment, you will be responsible and accountable for assessing and managing MSK conditions to a high standard including onward referral to other health professionals, imaging or self-management. Injection therapy will also be utilised when appropriate. You will be an active participant in in-service training, FCP Roadmap developments and social media.


  • To work as an autonomous specialist MSK practitioner in providing and delivering musculoskeletal physiotherapy assessments and treatment plans
  • To act independently to assess, analyse and provide a clinical diagnosis for individual patients, including those presenting with complex conditions, to determine their need for further MSK or non-MSK intervention. This should involve an understanding of when to refer to other services such as diagnostics, pathology, T&O, medication reviews, pain management, rheumatology, community physiotherapy and injection therapy
  • Write contemporaneous clinical notes using SystmOne, Arden's Templates and provide advice and support with additional electronic software (eg. PhysioTec, AccuRx etc) in line with professional standards
  • Fulfil mandatory training and those additional training requirements as demanded for the role
  • To understand each patients needs and expectations, and irrespective of their backgrounds and/or beliefs, to provide them with the quality of service to the standards the company expects
  • To demonstrate excellence in report writing, and evidence an ability to complete reports autonomously without the need for further support
  • To attend regular relevant courses both internally and externally, as well as keeping an up-to-date file of your CPD achievements, in line with CSP and HCPC guidelines. This is to be presented annually as part of the appraisal process
  • To identify and manage any risks to quality, such as workload, communication, and team working, with the support of your line manager and clinical mentor, and to advise on any issues regarding service delivery
  • To work as part of a team and liaise with other physiotherapists internally to ensure delivery of clinically effective care.
  • To communicate effectively with all stakeholders (including patients, clinical colleagues, administrative colleagues, receptionists, and external healthcare professionals etc) on challenging matters and in challenging situations in line with PICS Ltd & PCN procedures. Ensuring effective patient management, and working in collaboration with and/or referring to NHS colleagues in hospital and community settings
  • To fully understand the wider MSK service and local MSK pathways: across primary care, secondary care and the voluntary sector, including in depth knowledge of referral criteria and scope of services
  • To take an active role in engaging with external fellow physiotherapy professionals, working to promote PICS Ltd as a leading healthcare organisation, being aware of the referral pathways and actively suggesting and engaging with initiatives to help the business improve patient care

Please download the supporting documentation to assist with your application.

Person Specification



  • Please provide details of your CPD, using examples where necessary.
  • Please provide your registration number of your HCPC professional registration.



  • Please provide detailed information of how you feel that your experience is suitable for this role; please provide examples to support your application referring to the job description and person specification for guidance.

Knowledge and skills


  • Please provide detailed information of how you feel that your knowledge and skills are suitable for this role; please provide examples to support your application referring to the job description and person specification for guidance.

Communication skills


  • Please provide detailed information of how you feel that your communication skills are suitable for this role; please provide examples to support your application referring to the job description and person specification for guidance.

Personal attributes


  • Please provide details for why you would be a great fit for this role and why you have decided to apply.

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

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

Primary Integrated Community Services


Abbey Medical Group

59 Mansfield Road



NG21 0RB

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Date posted

01 October 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7


£40,057 to £45,893 a year



Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Abbey Medical Group

59 Mansfield Road



NG21 0RB

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