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MSK Advanced Practitioner - Rheumatology

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Crawley, Horsham, Mid-Sussex, Brighton & Hove
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum/Pro-rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other allied health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced senior musculoskeletal (MSK) clinician (physiotherapist, nurse or osteopath) looking for a new challenge? Sussex MSK Partnership (SMSKP) are looking for an experienced Rheumatology clinician to work as an Advanced Practitioner (AP). You will also have the opportunity to join our First Contact Practitioner (FCP) workforce, dependent on service need, experience and professional qualification. Training, mentorship and ongoing support will be provided to successful candidates in these roles.

Recruitment to B7 or B8A roles will be dependent on the recruitment process and experience. Those new to AP positions would be taken on in a training capacity at Band 7 until the relevant competencies have been successfully achieved. At this point you will move across to the Band 8a pay scale.

You must be a UK registered clinician to apply, with a broad range of rheumatology and musculoskeletal experience. You will need to have had recent experience of leading and managing others. Applicants should be committed to delivering high quality care and have excellent communications skills. You will be required to work between all clinical sites including Crawley and Horsham, Mid-Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

If you are passionate about making a difference and want to contribute to an organisation which is continuously striving to improve then we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the job can be found in the job description and personal specification attached to this post.

About us

We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

Why work for us?
  • Positive NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
  • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed Job description and information on the main responsibilities please find a job description and personal specification attached to this post.

Person Specification



  • Health Professions Council registration or General Osteopathic Council registration
  • Evidence of relevant MSK post graduate level qualification e.g. MSc, SOM, MACP
  • Evidence of recognised relevant post-graduate course/ CPD


  • Foundation management training e.g. supervision, appraisal skills
  • MSc (MSK) qualification with evidence of training in research methods
  • Relevant validated clinical courses
  • Evidence of teaching at a multi- professional level



  • Supervisory skills
  • Audit / evaluation experience
  • Experience of supporting staff members and active performance management
  • Experience at band 7


  • Experience at AP level
  • Experience of student supervision
  • Experience of participating in research/audit



  • Comprehensive evidence of relevant lifelong learning and post graduate training
  • Excellent communication skills including talking and listening as well as being aware of non-verbal communication i.e. motivational interviewing
  • IT literate, able to use internet and database
  • Ability to work independently and manage own caseload
  • Ability to pass on skills / knowledge to others within formal and informal environments
  • Ability to work collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team



  • Excellent advanced knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions
  • Advance knowledge of professional practice and research evidence
  • Understanding of different treatments / therapies for musculoskeletal pain
  • Knowledge of current NHS issues

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Working across multiple sites - Horsham, Crawley, Mid-Sussex and Brighton & Hove

Crawley, Horsham, Mid-Sussex, Brighton & Hove


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