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First Contact Practitioner / MSK Physiotherapist

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Tameside & Glossop
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Pro rata per Annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Physiotherapist, Other allied health
Band 7
Contract Type
Job summary

First Contact Practitioner/MSK Physiotherapist Band 7 - 22.5 Hours - Permanent

*** Previous applicants need not apply***

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a permanent, 22.5 hours Band 7 FCP /MSK to join the FCP and MSK Outpatient Physiotherapy Team in the Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care Foundation Trust. The Outpatient Physiotherapy Team provides physiotherapy to primarily adult patients with a musculoskeletal problem and occasionally children with specific MSK conditions from Consultant in and around Tameside and Glossop. We provide services from two Clinic bases- Ashton Primary Care Centre and Glossop Primary Care Centre.

We see patients with various musculoskeletal conditions including post- surgical Orthopaedic patients. We have few team members specialising in Chronic Pain / Rheumatology / Hand Specialist with splinting skills. The team operates Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm (excl Bank Holidays) so hours will be worked within these parameters.

We are a friendly team, always interested in improving our skills and knowledge to provide better patient care.

The FCP team covers 5 PCN's in Tameside and Glossop. Driving is essential and experience in this specialist service is helpful. We work closely with the PCN team and can refer for appropriate investigations and follow the pathway for all the relevant conditions.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high standard of clinical service, performing advanced assessment of patients including those with highly complex presentations and from this formulating a diagnosis and treatment plan, carried out as an autonomous practitioner. Will have acquired specialist knowledge in specialist area.

To provide clinical expertise, acting as First-Contact Physiotherapist (FCP) and make 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, reducing the need for same day GP appointments.

To collaborate with the Team Manager in planning, coordinating, delivering and evaluating the specialist service and area of specific clinical specialism to ensure a high standard of specialist service provision. Linking with the relevant Professional Lead as required.

To implement, monitor and evaluate Clinical Governance within specialist field, specifically looking at best practice and national guidelines, auditing, service evaluation and research.

To provide a leadership role that supports staff clinically, professionally and educationally in the specialist area.

About us

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust serves a community of 250,000 people across Tameside & Glossop. We provide a range of services both within the hospital and across our community for both adults and children.Our vision is to improve health outcomes for our population and influence wider determinants of health through collaboration with our health & care partners.

We have a clear set of values & behaviours which we expect all of our staff to demonstrate:
  • Safety
  • Care
  • Respect
  • Communication
  • Learning

We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We are therefore seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce to make it truly representative of our local population.

We actively encourage applications irrespective of race, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage & civil partnership, or pregnancy or maternity. Recognising those communities that are underrepresented within our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian & minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+& Disabled people.

Benefits include; flexible working, 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays, sick pay, NHS Pension Scheme, free eye tests and health checks, gym discount, free bicycle loan scheme, salary sacrifice car scheme, support with stress, bereavement, relationships, finance, and much more.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Communication and Working Relationships

Be able to motivate and engage patients with a range of complex conditions / disabilities to work with treatment programmes and work towards treatment goals.

Assess patient understanding of treatment proposals, gain valid informed consent and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.

Use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication tools to communicate effectively with patients and carers to progress rehabilitation and treatment programmes. This will include patients and carers who may have difficulties in understanding or communicating. For example, patients may be dysphasic, depressed, deaf, and blind, have a learning disability or who may be unable to accept diagnosis.

Managing patients with chronic pain and dealing with patients who are in difficult social, emotional or mental health states.

Dealing with patients, carers and family who may be distressed or angry or confused.

Treating patients who may have suffered from abuse.

Represent service and / or individual patients at multi-disciplinary team meetings, to ensure the delivery of a coordinated multi-disciplinary service, and integrate

Therapy treatment into the treatment programme. This will include discussion of patient care, patient progress and involvement in discharge planning.

Occasionally having difficult conversations with staff and dealing with sickness absence, disciplinary and grievance procedures

To supervise and teach staff within own profession and others, including seniors, assistants and students across Tameside and Glossop ICFT services, and act as a source of specialist advice to other health professionals when appropriate.

To provide specialist advice on patient care to other health, social, educational and voluntary sector services when necessary as part of patient care. This may involve challenging or requesting changes to treatment programmes / care plans set by other professionals.

Management and Personal Development

Responsible for the clinical leadership of the identified teams and ensure that clinical supervision is in place for all staff within Trust designated areas.

Responsible for the setting of clear performance objectives in line with the agreed trust appraisal process, ensuring that each member understands their individual responsibilities, and act accordingly within their sphere of responsibility as defined by the Team Lead.

Responsible for the maintenance of data records necessary for the provision of accurate statistical returns / reports sickness, annual leave, vacancies etc. sickness interview and return to work interviews are in place.

The post-holder is responsible for ensuring effective communication pathways exist between all internal and external agencies associated with the provision of effective quality care and its delivery.

The post-holder is required to represent their service by attending appropriate meetings aimed at developing effective working relationships with colleagues within all clinical areas and which encourage joint working and the sharing of good practice amongst the multidisciplinary team.

Responsible for commenting on and the development where appropriate of trust and clinical policies within their sphere of responsibility.

Responsible for the local management of complaints and concerns as relevant to the specialist area.

Clinical Activities

Ensure the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the evidence based care required, including health promotion for this patient group.

To be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of own work. To hold responsibility for own caseload and be responsible for a defined area of the service or a particular patient type, working without direct supervision.

To undertake highly specialist assessment of patients, including those with diverse or complex presentations / multi pathologies, as an autonomous practitioner, requesting investigations e.g. X-Ray, MRI, blood test as required.

To use specialist skills to assess and treat patients with complex scenarios within the specialist clinical field and support others to do so.

Use advanced clinical reasoning skills and expertise to provide an accurate diagnosis of their condition.

Formulate and deliver an individual treatment programme based on a sound knowledge of evidence based practice and treatment options using clinical assessment, reasoning skills and knowledge of treatment skills.

Working as a First Contact Practitioner (FCP) to 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.

Interpret and act on investigation results to aid diagnosis and the management plans of patients and link closely with GPs and Orthopaedic Consultants around appropriate patient care.

Deliver programmes of supported patient self-management, in ways that facilitate behavioural change, optimise individuals' physical activity, mobility, fulfilment of personal goals and independence, and that minimise the need for pharmacological interventions.

Formulate accurate prognoses and recommend best course of intervention, developing comprehensive discharge plans and setting personalised goals for each patient.

Evaluate patient progress, reassess and alter treatment programmes as required.

Analyse clinical and social information from a range of sources and integrate into assessment and development of care plan / treatment plan.

To be responsible for the safe and competent use of all specialist equipment patient appliances and aids by patients.

Responsible for monitoring of evidence based therapeutic interventions.

To manage clinical risk within own patient case load and support more junior staff to do so.

Person Specification



  • Have an appropriate degree or equivalent knowledge and expertise
  • Relevant professional qualification and HCPC Registration.
  • Evidence of relevant MSK post graduate qualification/training at Masters level


  • Relevant training or qualification in leadership or equivalent experience.
  • Completed the Musculoskeletal Joint and Soft tissue Injection course



  • Significant post qualification experience in MSK Physiotherapy.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety requirements
  • Working knowledge and experience of application of legislation and guidelines relevant to the role.
  • Significant specialist experience and knowledge within defined clinical areas.
  • Experience of working with patients with complex and challenging needs in a range of environments including service setting.


  • Experience of service development and change processes.
  • Experience of complex interaction with stakeholders to ensure effective working.



  • Proven clinical leadership skills.
  • Able to inspire and lead on new developments.
  • Strong commitment to teaching and learning.
  • Analytical skills in assessing both clinical and generic health and safety service risks.
  • Able to prioritise workload and manage stress in self and others.
  • Proven IT skills with application to practice.
  • Proven organisational skills.
  • Established and proven communication skills.
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