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First Contact Practitioner

Job Reference: J210-PMS12

Connect Health
Up to £48,500

First Contact Practitioner (PMS12)

Full & Part Time

Up to £48,500

Greater Manchester

North West CATS MSK and Physiotherapy Service are looking for experienced MSK Physiotherapists that can work in our pioneering FCP clinics to deliver quality clinical care for patients. We are part of a forward looking PCN networkand work collaboratively for the good of the local population we service. Social prescribing, MECC, personalised care and integration with link workers and the voluntary sector are all key to this services success and our team philosophy.

We hold both the FCP contract and the MSK service contract so you will be fully integrated in the primary care MSK offering.After a successful pilot we launched our service in January this year with a team of 6 covering 3 full time equivalent roles. We have been successful enough to have another 3 roles requested by the PCNs.

We have a mix of skills within this team with Senior Physiotherapists and experienced Advanced Practice Physiotherapists so you will be well supported. We also have 23HEE-recognised FCP Supervisors to support the development and sign off of the clinicians in line with HEE requirements for the FCP Roadmap.

You will receive full training and support for this role. It is desirable you have completed the Stage 1 of the roadmap but this is not essential as we can put together a bespoke plan to accommodate the right person if they demonstrate the right competency and values for the role. IRMER and diagnostic skills can be part of your development plan.

We take part in shared education events with our GP and AHP colleagues locally and the Primary Care Academy led by Dr Gill Tonge in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale are a key partner. Alongside the portfolio supervision schedule you would be enrolled in our Clinical Academy where regular CPD specific to the role is provided with your peers in both South Tyneside and other FCPs across our national portfolio as part of your 5% CPD allowance.

We are also advertising for Advanced MSK clinician roles within the MSK team and so split roles can be considered and our normal model is for people to work across the two parts of the service so you have a variation within your role and this is popular but not essential.

Flexible working is always considered within 5-day working around extended hours.

Who we’re looking for

We are looking for well-organised and experienced MSK Physiotherapists who buy in to our philosophy and want to deliver quality clinical care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Whilst undertaking comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of patients with a wide variety of physical and emotional needs, you must deliver specialist advice and early interventions making sure that you interact appropriately with your primary care colleagues to communicate potential non-MSK conditions in a timely fashion.

You’ll be positive, constructive, and approachable, along with being registered with the HCPC, a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and a fully qualified Physiotherapist. We’re looking for you to manage a varied caseload of MSK patients, as well as the ability to work under pressure and being committed to CPD.

You should have the desire to facilitate improvement in yourself and the service. You will have excellent and confident communication skills with both patients and colleagues alike.

You may have experience of working within the NHS, Public or Private Sector, bringing transferrable skills to Connect.

You’ll be positive, constructive, and approachable and carry out tasks with fairness and integrity at all times; along with being well organised, conscientious, and capable of working collaboratively with the Primary Care Team.

The majority of clinical diaries and patient notes are administered electronically and as such you’ll have good IT skills and be willing to embrace innovation and technological advances that improve service delivery.

Why work for Connect Health?

We are dedicated to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and rewarding our employees, as happier employees provide a better level of patient care and delivery in their role. We continue to reward our staff with competitive salaries and a great range of employee benefits. These include:

  • A minimum of 5% of your hours is bespoke personal development time
  • Access to the full content (live and recorded sessions) of the Connect Clinical Education Academy
  • Access to support and engagement with our entire MDT clinical workforce via
    • Emergency clinical on call rota
    • Clinical supervision
    • Coaching and mentoring
    • Online clinical resource and chat network (Workplace from Facebook)
    • Internal conferences and study days
    • Clinical support tools/pathways
  • 25 days holiday (plus public holidays)
  • online discounts portal
  • employer pension contributions
  • salary sacrifice schemes
  • an employee assistance programme
  • performance related pay rewards
  • team building/away days
  • reimbursement of HCPC and CSP membership fees for clinicians



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