Our cliernt is a dynamic forward-thinking organisation with just under 50,000 patients comprising of the following locations:

A fantastic working environment across England and Wales practicing from 63 clinics nationwide. You will be fully supported by a dedicated team of practice staff, led by partners who innovate and inspire.

This is an exciting opportunity with large scope for onward development. We are keen to streamline the management of patients with musculoskeletal issues and are excited by the potential that this role offers. Working across the area you will be the first point of contact for patients presenting with musculoskeletal problems.

You will be able to offer assessment and diagnosis and be able to empower patients to better self- manage their conditions.

You will be able to link up with the existing musculoskeletal services in the area to allow a seamless patient journey through the healthcare system.

Job Description

NHS England is launching a First Contact Practitioner High Impact Intervention (FCP HII) specification and guidance. NHS England has coproduced this with the CSP, other professional bodies, patient groups and Health Education England.

A physiotherapist providing a first point of contact service means that patients presenting with a musculoskeletal (MSK) problem for a GP appointment are offered an appointment with a physiotherapist instead. Physiotherapists working in general practice are able to address the needs of a large proportion of the patient population. They have the clinical expertise and autonomy to assess, diagnose and treat patients with a range of conditions, including MSK, neurological and respiratory conditions.

It has been estimated that MSK conditions alone account for around one in five GP appointments. This is therefore an opportunity for physiotherapy services to support GPs and to build capacity and diversity in the primary care workforce through increasing physiotherapy roles in general practice settings.

The FCP Role

The role of the FCP in primary care is to assess patients with soft tissue, muscle and joint pain and to decide on the most appropriate management pathway. The MSK core capabilities framework Health Education England (HEE) and NHS England have developed a musculoskeletal (MSK) core capabilities framework. This framework sets out the core capabilities to deliver high quality, consistent and person-centred care, for MSK patients presenting to a first point of contact practitioner (FCP).

Physiotherapists and GPs recognise the value of the framework and are also best placed to demonstrate fulfillment of the capabilities. The framework provides a standard structure and language to enable greater consistency and portability in MSK core capabilities. Practitioners with expertise in the area, including physiotherapists, defined the capabilities. The framework describes what an MSK FCP is able to do, not what they should simply know. It does not detail the underpinning knowledge and skills required, nor specify the learning and development process that would enable practitioners to achieve the capabilities.

The capabilities reflect the demands of Master’s level (level 7) learning, particularly in relation to managing complexity, uncertainty, ambiguity and risk. An individual can use the framework to identify and address their learning and development needs.

Knowledge and skills acquisition

Physiotherapists able to fulfill high-level roles in primary care have typically completed the following post-registration professional development:

  • Postgraduate level learning relating to MSK conditions (e.g. a full Master’s degree, Master’s level modules, or work-based learning at an equivalent level)
  • Acquired and maintained competence in injection therapy
  • Acquired and maintained competence and the right to practice independent prescribing, denoted by their annotation on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register as an independent prescriber.

This specialist knowledge and skills development will be in addition to a broader range of post-registration learning and development completed since qualification as a physiotherapist. In addition to clinical areas of practice, this is likely to include professional development relating to leadership, management, supporting others’ learning, research and evidence-based practice.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £35,000.00-£45,000.00 per year


  • 8 Hour Shift


  • experiential learning from orthopaedic care: 1 year (Preferred)
  • in musculoskeletal outpatient: 5 years (Required)
  • Demonstrable supervisory experience: 2 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor’s (Required)


  • HCPC (Required)

Work remotely:

  • No

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