First Contact Physiotherapist

Primary Integrated Community Services


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Job overview

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

PICS has two Clinical FCP Leads in post that are ensuring its FCPs are fulfilling the requirements of the Health Education England FCP Roadmap. We are committed to further the development of FCP as specialist MSK professionals in primary care.

You will be based within Arrow Health PCN practices covering: Westdale Lane Surgery, Daybrook Medical Practice, The Ivy Medical Group, Peacock Healthcare, Plains View Surgery and Unity Surgery.

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 work as an autonomous specialist MSK practitioner in providing and delivering musculoskeletal (MSK) 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.
  • Write 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:

  • Working as part of a team of experienced practitioners and supported by a senior FCP who will help support your professional development
  • Access to training opportunities, such as injection and radiology training to help you develop your skills
  • Tailoring your development and training to the requirements of the HEE FCP Roadmap
  • 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.
  • 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.

Person Specification

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



  • Minimum three years musculoskeletal experience
  • Experience of working at a specialist level with a purely MSK caseload


  • Experience of service development

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 current Tier 2/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.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/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.

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

23 April 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7


£38,890 to £44,503 a year



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number


Job locations

Unit H4 Ash Tree Court

Nottingham Business Park




Plains View Surgery

57 Plains Road



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