Band 8a Advanced Clinical Practitioner - MSK

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
A fantastic opportunity has been created to expand the current provision of specialist, community-based MSK Services to the people of our diverse and vibrant city.

We are looking for highly experienced, Masters level educated, Advanced Clinical Practitioners to join our large MSK Service which offers Orthopaedic Triage, FCP and Pain Management Specialties in addition to core Physiotherapy MSK Out-Patient clinics in 20 locations across the city.

The current vacancies fall within the Orthopaedic Triage part of the MSK Service. Clinics are provided citywide however current demand suggests the likely location of these posts will be in the South and East of Birmingham. There will also be an expectation to travel to meetings and education events across the geography of the Trust.

The successful applicants will need to be highly motivated and be able to demonstrate evidence of substantial post-graduate experience of working within an Outpatient Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy environment. In return we will offer a friendly, innovative and forward-thinking team with excellent CPD and development opportunities.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about providing first class assessment & treatment to people with a variety of both chronic and acute MSK disorders.You will need experience in requesting and interpretation of various diagnostic imaging media, injection therapy and of operating as an autonomous first line assessor of complex MSK conditions. You should be able to demonstrate up to date knowledge & evidence of CPD in MSK Physiotherapy & be prepared to contribute to our comprehensive IST Programme & Clinical Interest Groups.

You will be responsible for managing your own patient caseload within a supportive & experienced team and it is likely that you will supervise and appraise junior members of staff and students. There will be the opportunity to initiate, lead on & contribute to Service Development initiatives and be involved in regular audits and other Research activity.

About us

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BCHC has more than 5000 staff working across Birmingham and the West Midlands in a wide range of community nursing and specialist healthcare roles. BCHC delivers over 100 clinical services, in people's homes, health centres, clinics and inpatient facilities. We deliver a wide range of services for children, young people and families as well as adults and community services, two community hospitals, services for people with learning disabilities, the internationally recognised West Midlands Rehab Centre and one of Europe's leading Dental Hospitals and School of Dentistry. We deliver all of this with a commitment to integrated, personalised care that is rooted in our local communities. We have an ambition to deliver outstanding, integrated care as one of the key NHS providers in the West Midlands.

If you want to 'Be Part of Our Team' and work with a Foundation Trust which is continuously striving for best care and healthy communities, we want to hear from you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further details on the main responsibilities, please see the attached job description and person specification

Person Specification

Qualifications / training


  • Physiotherapy degree or equivalent.
  • Masters degree or equivalent in the field of orthopaedic musculoskeletal management or evidence of equivalent academic intellectual level.
  • Certified evidence of relevant post registration training in assessment/diagnosis/treatment


  • Qualified/working towards diploma in injection therapy.
  • Certified evidence of IRMER and radiology requesting / interpretation training.



  • Extensive experience post qualification including highly specialised experience in an orthopaedic/musculoskeletal setting
  • Expert knowledge and experience of assessment and a wide range of approaches to the effective management of musculoskeletal disorders
  • Experience in the evaluation of clinical practice including participating in research and audit with sound knowledge of research methodology
  • Experience with teaching undergraduate/postgraduate students
  • Experience of working with other agencies which include clinical and non-clinical personnel
  • Previous supervision of other staff eg. Senior and junior physiotherapists
  • Experience of the creation and implementation of service development, policies and standards
  • Experience of requesting and interpreting MSK imaging.


  • Experience of working in the NHS

Knowledge and Skills


  • oAbility to undertake advanced physiotherapeutic techniques.
  • oAbility to articulate a vision for the role of orthopaedic clinical assessment
  • oTo be able to develop and implement service development policies and standards
  • oTo demonstrate highly specialist knowledge in the management and treatment of orthopaedic conditions
  • oAbility to articulate the benefits of an FCP to the whole system and demonstrate the skills required to fulfil this role.
  • oDemonstrates Specialist Spinal Triage knowledge and skills in line with the definition within the National Back and Radicular Pain Pathway
  • oDemonstrates advanced clinical reasoning regarding the requesting of MSK imaging.
  • oDemonstrates sound MSK image interpretation skills and can formulate evidence-based treatment programmes accordingly
  • oAbility to develop, implement and evaluate specialist programmes of care of highly complex musculoskeletal orthopaedic conditions to patients, carers, senior physiotherapists and other AHPs
  • oSound expert knowledge of the evidence base of musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • oKnowledge of the influences of psychosocial and cultural factors

Personal Qualities


  • oAbility to pass on skills/knowledge to others in formal and informal settings
  • oSelf motivated and able to work independently
  • oAbility to work flexibly with high levels of concentration throughout the working day
  • oDiplomacy, resilience and robustness to work within an evolving new clinical role and service and ability to work flexibly to cover service needs

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

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS FT


Birmingham - Citywide


B7 4BN

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