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Musculoskeletal FCP/Physiotherapist

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a great opportunity for either those already working as an FCP or for those looking to develop into a first contact role. We believe this unique job plan supports staff development with hours also based within acute NHS Trust clinics. Our integrated FCP roles encourage staff development and strengthens integration with wider MSK systems. Following our successful roll out of the First Contact Physiotherapy services, we are now looking to add to our FCP team with several positions available. Both full time and part-time opportunities could be available with job plans discussed at interview.

We have 4 B7 FCP roles available:

- 0.8-1.0wte (30-37.5hours/week) based 3-4 days at Picton PCN and 1 day within LUHFT MSK clinics

- 0.8wte (30 hours/week) based 3 days at Childwall and Wavertree PCN and 1 day within LUHFT MSK clinics

- 0.6wte (22.5 hours/week) based 2 days at Central PCN and 1 day within LUHFT MSK clinics

- 0.6wte (22.5 hours/week based 2 days at iGPC PCN and 1 day within LUHFT MSK clinics

Main duties of the job

These FCP posts offer an opportunity for enthusiastic physiotherapists to work in primary care across south/central Liverpool, offering a first contact service alongside B8 FCP colleagues. The successful candidate will be expected to work autonomously expertly screening, assessing and diagnosing MSK conditions to ensure patients are supported to self-manage or referred onto the most appropriate clinical pathway. The role includes requesting and managing plain film and blood requests. Successful applicants would be supported with competency based training to develop the necessary skills to undertake all aspects of the role. As an experienced MSK clinician, you will support the wider primary care team through developing MSK knowledge and clinical pathways, ensuring evidence-based practice.

Whilst most of the work will be set within a primary care network, there is also an opportunity for integrated working across secondary care services, including MSK triage and physiotherapy outpatients. Funding and support will be available for continued professional development including relevant masters' modules. Regular training and supervision will be provided by our consultant physiotherapists and advanced physiotherapy practitioners.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The successful candidate should possess wide ranging knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of MSK conditions.
  • They will need to act autonomously screening and signposting patients referred to the first contact service with MSK conditions.
  • Excellent communication, assessment and clinical reasoning skills are essential.
  • Request and manage investigation requests
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate their experience in managing patients with 'red flag' pathologies and MSK masqueraders.
  • Using a shared decision-making approach, post holders will be required to make onward referrals to relevant services and agencies to optimise patient care.
  • Training opportunities are available to support development.
  • All our team, supported by our Consultant Physiotherapists and Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners, are expected to drive both service and staff development in line with national initiatives.
  • We have close links to the local universities and we are striving to increase research opportunities within the team.
  • A flexible and dynamic approach is essential, and the successful candidate must be willing to work across both primary care and hospital sites.

Person Specification



  • B.Sc. in Physiotherapy or Grad. Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • Current registration with Health professions Council
  • Documented evidence of CPD


  • Attended clinical supervisor's course
  • Relevant introductory courses in management skills.



  • Extensive experience at Band 6 level in all musculoskeletal areas including outpatients, orthopaedic inpatients, rheumatology, acute trauma
  • Experience in supervision and training of qualified staff, assistants and students
  • Substantial clinical experience in the NHS UK or Health Service.


  • Involvement in audit and / or research



  • Evidence of service development and implementing change.
  • Evidence of post registration training in relevant up to date musculoskeletal related techniques.
  • Able to work well with others and pass on skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates an ability to respond effectively to complex, emotional or challenging situation



  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Evidence of organisational skills
  • Evidence of leadership skills.
  • Able to work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team.



  • Committed to personal and team development.
  • Able to maintain judgement under pressure.
  • Demonstrates an ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service


  • Member of special interest group

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Liverpool Hospital


L7 8XP

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