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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 02/01/2022.

First Contact Practitioner

Job Reference: 449-APC444

Solent NHS Trust
Musculoskeletal Service
£47,126 - £53,219 p.a pro rata

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

Solent’s MSK First Contact Physiotherapy (FCP) Service is expanding! We now have an exciting new opportunity for a highly skilled, experienced, and motivated musculoskeletal physiotherapist to join our established team, led by expertly trained Advanced Practice Clinicians, in delivering MSK FCP clinics to a growing number of Primary Care Networks across Hampshire.

Our FCP model of care ensures timely access to appropriate MSK assessment and management, as well as streamlining our well-established MSK pathways and supporting the transformation of musculoskeletal care. As a service, we fully recognise the value of and support the development of all pillars of Advanced Clinical Practice. Our FCP clinicians are key to shaping our service as it grows, and are actively involved in governance, clinical effectiveness, research, and Quality Improvement projects.

Our FCP Service forms parts of a fully integrated wider MSK Physiotherapy, Pain and Podiatry (MPP) Service, accepting FCP, GP & self-referral. Many of our FCP clinicians perform dual-roles, enabling them to also continue to deliver treatment/rehab within MSK Physiotherapy or provide specialist diagnostic and care pathway planning for patients with complex MSK disorders across our Lower Limb, Spinal and Upper Limb pathways, depending on their area of interest and skillset. We also have a variety of other specialities within the MSK service including: Pelvic Health, Hydrotherapy, Rheumatology, Adolescent MSK, Persistent Pain, Podiatry, Long-Covid Management, and have excellent working relationships with our local primary and secondary care providers.

Are you:

  • Already working at an Advanced Practitioner level, or actively working towards achieving the level of expertise required?
  • Experienced in delivering high quality, evidence based musculoskeletal care through a variety of consultation methods including virtual appointments?
  • Interested in being part of an innovative, expanding service with opportunities to also work some of your hours within either the MSK physiotherapy or Specialist MSK team?

If so, then this could be the perfect opportunity for you! Please note: Banding of role will be dependant of the knowledge, skills and experience of the successful applicant.

Our trust shared values (HEART – honesty, everyone counts, accountable, respectable and team work) support the development of a strong working culture and guides and inspires all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients. Our last CQC rating of ‘outstanding’ for care and ‘good’ for the other domains depict these.

Our main sites are within the Portsmouth and Southampton City localities; at St Mary’s Community Campus, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Adelaide Health Centre and Moorgreen Hospital with a variety of other community sites in southern Hampshire.

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All patient facing workers in England will be required to ensure they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, from 1 April 2022 . It will be a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated. This requirement will also apply to those in ancillary support roles such as porters or receptionists who may have social contact with patients but are not directly involved in their care.

To be fully vaccinated you must receive both doses of a Covid-19 vaccination. Successful applicants will be required (unless exempt*) to provide evidence of their covid vaccination status (NHS COVID Pass) or evidence that they have commenced their journey to becoming fully vaccinated. If the required evidence cannot be provided then any offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation – guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

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