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MSK clinical specialist

Solent NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Please note for part time hours the salary will be pro rata.
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Other allied health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for experienced, motivated, and enthusiastic MSK Clinicians to join our Band 8a Specialist Musculoskeletal teams within our Upper Quadrant pathway. We currently have vacancies for specialists in both hands and shoulders within the Southampton area of the service.

Referrals into the Specialist MSK service are from MSK physiotherapy, FCP, GP or self-referral. The caseload comprises complex patients with musculoskeletal pain, or those who have not responded to primary care intervention. Advanced clinical reasoning, investigative and analytical skills are required to ensure the appropriate investigation are undertaken, and to facilitate decision making regarding the most appropriate management options, ensuring delivery of high quality evidence based care.

You will work both independently and alongside a highly experienced team of Specialists, Clinical Leads and MSK Consultant Practitioners who are key to driving the development of the service. There are opportunities to be involved in Service Improvement, Audit, Research and Quality Improvement. CPD and mentorship is integral to effective service delivery and as well as undertaking a robust competency programme you will have regular workshops/peer support. You will also actively support more junior colleges within the primary care Physiotherapy service. Support in obtaining post graduate qualifications in injection therapy or other relevant skills will be considered depending on service needs and personal development plans.

Main duties of the job

To be professional and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work including the management of patients in your care.

To undertake specialist assessment, interpret the relevant clinical findings of complex patients with musculoskeletal pain or those who have not responded to primary care interventions.

To make decisions, using investigative, clinical reasoning and analytical skills regarding the appropriate medical investigation of choice and implementation of such including injections.

To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management, and support and facilitate more junior staff to do likewise, using evidence based practices and evaluate outcomes.

Provide timely advice over the management of all patients entering the care pathway.

To advise GP's, patients, families, employers and Physiotherapists on best management.

To be responsible for the setting and monitoring of standards and policies of clinical practice physiotherapy service referring patients to the specialist pathways.

To keep accurate, legible records of patient care in line with Trust and service guidelines, being responsible for all physiotherapy records held by the Specialist service, using audit tools when appropriate.

About us

We have been working with other local NHS Trusts to create a new organisation, bringing together all community, mental health and learning disability services from across Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Subject to approvals, the aim is for the new Trust to be formed by July 2024.Project Fusion is the name for the programme to create the new combined NHS Foundation Trust. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be bringing the services into a single organisation will result in more consistent care, more equitable access to services irrespective of postcode, and a more sustainable workforce and services. The new organisation will operate locally to ensure services can best meet the needs of different communities.The new Trust will be comprised of all the services currently provided by Solent NHS Trust and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, the community, mental health and learning disability services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust and child and adolescent mental health services delivered in parts of Hampshire by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Work effectively with those patients whose first language is not English and take into consideration diversity issues in particular differing cultural awareness.

To demonstrate physical ability to carry out Specialist assessment and interventions, including highly developed manual techniques and therapeutic handling.

To keep up to date with clinical developments, analysing current research and discussing and implementing changes in clinical practice.

To be responsible for the safe use of equipment used in carrying out duties, adhering to the department's medical devises policy. This includes competence and accuracy to use equipment by yourself and other healthcare professionals, carers and patients.

To develop the service in line with recent NHS developments and targets and produce policies and procedures in line with these.

To ensure as clinical specialist that designated staff implement policy and service development changes.

To represent the Trust externally (locally, regionally and nationally) regarding MSK services provided to patients with complex MSK pain.

To be able to manage stressful, upsetting or emotional situations in an empathic manner, in particular patients diagnosed with chronic upper quadrant pain and supporting more junior staff in similar circumstances

To lead an Upper Quadrant training programme for junior and new members of staff.

To maintain and provide accurate and timely statistical information as required. Use audit to identify the developing needs of the service.

To participate in the Trust appraisal scheme as an appraiser and an appraisee.

Person Specification



  • BSc Hons Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Health Professions Council Registration
  • Post graduate study to M level
  • Evidence of post graduate courses/CPD


  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • IRMER qualification
  • Injection Therapy MSc Module / Orthopaedic Medicine
  • Membership of CSP Special Interest Group



  • Extensive experience as physiotherapist
  • Experience in management of musculoskeletal conditions

Additional Criteria


  • Extensive experience as physiotherapist
  • Experience in management of musculoskeletal conditions


  • Competent IT & presentation skills
  • Demonstrates commitment to self- development

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


Adelaide Health Centre, Western Community Centre

William Macleod Way



SO16 4XE

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