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First Contact Physiotherapist

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
20 Jul 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Part time 18.75 hours per week to be completed Mon-Fri between 8.00am - 6.30pm.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work for Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust within our First Contact Physiotherapy Service working as a First Contact Physiotherapist within a Primary Care setting. We are looking for enthusiastic, appropriately experienced Physiotherapists to join our friendly, people centred, passionate team. The successful candidate will assess/triage patients within 20-minute appointments following appropriate care navigation by the GP Practice teams. The First Contact Physiotherapist will operate at an advanced level of clinical practice with skills to assess, diagnose, treat and manage musculoskeletal (MSK) problems and undifferentiated conditions.

The successful candidates will be an experienced Physiotherapist who:
  • Can evidence compliance with/ working towards the First Contact Practitioners Roadmap to Practice.
  • Displays energy and passion in the pursuit of service excellence and delivery of a positive patient experience
  • Has evidence of the development of advanced MSK assessment skills
  • Can evidence advanced MSK/Orthopaedic clinical experience and skills.

Main duties of the job

  • Takes professional responsibility as a First-Contact Physiotherapist, with high-level decision-making and clinical-reasoning skills to assess, diagnose and triage of patients (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.
  • Streamlines pathway of care by providing a responsive service so that patients receive timely access to care
  • Ensures care is proactive, preventive in focus and population based, with an emphasis on early intervention
  • Provides care which is tailored to the individual needs. This would include, appraising the impact of individuals' clinical status on their general health, well-being, employment status (including in relation to function, physical activity, mobility and independence)
  • Supports FCP Clinical Lead and contributes to service delivery/ improvement.
  • To clinically supervise, teach, mentor and co-ordinate the work of therapists, students and other primary care staff.

We have a strong commitment to supervision, PDR, CPD, and staff training.

The successful applicant will have:
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the county and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

About us

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) is a combined acute and community Trust serving our local population of around 270,000 people. Our vision is to always act the right way and be proud to provide exceptional healthcare to the communities of Rotherham.

As a Trust we are on a journey to excellence and our people and culture are at the heart of everything we do for patients. In the latest NHS Staff Survey, we are the second most improved Trust in England for would you recommend the Trust as a place to work?, and were one of the most improved for staff engagement overall.

But dont just take our word for it each year hundreds of colleagues receive nominations for our Excellence and Proud awards, showcasing our brilliant people and recognising their achievements. Our people make a difference to the lives of patients every day and we are proud of the improvements we are making.

All of our 5,100 colleagues are key to our improvement journey, and we are continuing to improve our services by upholding the Trusts values of Ambitious, Caring and Together. If you are passionate about making a difference, then please apply to join us on our journey to excellence.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for full details of the role and responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Physiotherapy
  • Post-graduate qualifications relevant to MSK & Orthopaedic speciality to Masters level or equivalent.
  • Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the county and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010
  • Working towards completion of First Contact Practitioner Roadmap Stage 1 & 2 either portfolio or HEI route


  • Non-medical prescribing or willingness to complete
  • Membership of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Management/leadership qualification or equivalent
  • Completed recognised IT course e.g. ECDL/Elite/MOST.



  • Evidence of advanced clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and management of patients in relation to NMSK conditions
  • Evidence of leadership and management expertise and knowledge acquired through CPD and experience
  • Knowledge and experience of using standardised assessments and development of relevant outcome measures
  • Demonstrates knowledge of equipment available and able to assess and fit where applicable
  • Knowledge and understanding of national legislation, guidance and regulatory framework including NSF, NICE, Information Governance, Equality and Diversity, Data Protection, Safe Guarding, Professional and Clinical Guidelines.
  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance and implications for service area
  • Knowledge and evidence of participation in clinical audit and evidence gathering methods
  • Evidence of continuous improvement through benchmarking and sharing and utilising best practice
  • Knowledge and understanding of Health & Safety in the work environment and implications for service area
  • Awareness and understanding of relevant health and Social Care legislation.


  • Evidence of utilising systems of performance management
  • Membership of Regional /National Specialist groups/forums.
  • Research and/or publications or contributions to.



  • Current HCPC Registration



  • Broad post registration clinical experience of working within NMSK Physiotherapy Services
  • Evidence of developing and utilising systems of performance management
  • Experience of management of resources
  • Experience of user/carer participation and engagement in development of services
  • Evidence of development and supervision of staff and students
  • Up to date documented evidence of CPD and KSF relevant to clinical area
  • Experience of leading a multi-professional team
  • Experience of leading service developments.


  • Recruitment and selection experience.

Employer details

Employer name

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust


The Rotherham Nhs Foundation Trust

Moorgate Road


South Yorkshire

S60 2UD

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