First Contact Physiotherapist / Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist

Primary Integrated Community Services


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Job overview

Primary Care Networks (PCN) are partnerships between local general practices to help with integration of primary care with secondary and community services.

We are recruiting First Contact Physiotherapists on behalf of Newark PCN and Sherwood PCN.

Our FCP Clinical Leads will support you to fulfil therequirements of the Health Education England FCP Roadmap. We are committed to further the development of FCP as specialist MSK professionals in primary care.

There are two posts available:

  • 1 x Newark PCN - covering: Southwell Medical Centre, Balderton Primary Care Centre, Barnby Gate Surgery, Collingham Medical Centre, Fountain Medical Centre, Hounsfield Surgery, Lombard Medical Centre
  • 2 x Sherwood PCN- covering: Sherwood Medical Partnership, Abbey Medical Group, Bilsthorpe Surgery, Hill View Surgery, Major Oak Medical Centre, Middleton Lodge Practice, Rainworth Primary Care Centre

Please state your location preference in your application.

Main duties of the job


  • 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


  • BSc or equivalent in Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registered
  • Minimum of three years musculoskeletal experience

About us


We offer a comprehensive package which includes:

  • Part of a team of experienced practitioners and supported by a senior FCP 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.


  • Provide clinical expertise, acting autonomously within the boundaries of locally agreed pathways and protocols as appropriate to the role being carried out (FCP or APP).
  • 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.
  • 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 and diagnostic services such as x-rays and blood test, and interpret and act on results to aid diagnosis and the management plans of patients.
  • Deliver programmes of supported patient self-management, in ways that facilitate behavioural change, optimise individuals' physical activity, mobility, fulfilment of personal goals and independence, optimising patient outcomes.
  • To develop strong working relationships with GPs and the wider practice teams, MSK Together team, secondary care colleagues and other key stakeholders.

An exhaustive list of job requirements can be found on the downloadable Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification

Other requirements


  • Sole user of a vehicle to travel between different GP Practices

Knowledge and skills


  • Sound evidence of CPD and reflective practice
  • Advanced MSK physiotherapy skills
  • Confidence and ability to accurately assess and manage complex patient presentations autonomously and to a high professional standard
  • Understanding of Information Governance, Data Protection, HCPC /CSP standards and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults/Children


  • Knowledge of the radiology guidelines applied to MSK conditions
  • Knowledge of pathology and blood tests used in MSK diagnosis



  • 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


  • Injection Therapy Qualification
  • Current IRMER training and competency for requesting X-ray investigations
  • Non-Medical Prescribing Qualification

Personal attributes


  • High levels of integrity
  • Ability to manage time and caseload independently and effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure



  • Experience of working at a specialist level with a purely MSK caseload


  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of working in primary care



  • The ability to communicate complex/contentious information in a
  • clear and logical manner to a range of audiences
  • The ability to discuss patient management with GPs, consultants and wider teams

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (opens in a new window). From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must 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) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants (opens in a new window).

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


Unit H4 Ash Tree Court

Nottingham Business Park




Employer's website

Date posted

01 April 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7


£38,890 to £44,503 a year



Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Unit H4 Ash Tree Court

Nottingham Business Park




Abbey Medical Group

59 Mansfield Road



NG21 0RB

2 Portland Street



NG24 4XG

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