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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 15/07/2022.

First Contact Practitioner / Advanced Practice Physiotherapist

Job Reference: 470-22-305-TS

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Community Outpatients Department
Newport, Isle of Wight
Band 8a - £47,126 - £53,219

We’re thrilled that you are thinking of joining us.

Why wouldn’t you choose the Isle of Wight NHS Trust?

We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users. Every day brings a fresh challenge to our staff and being part of our island gives you the opportunity to work as one cohesive team.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. There is a regional airport at Southampton, with flights to many European destinations as well as UK mainland cities The island offers our visitors and residents an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year round events, festivals and award-winning attractions..

Our top priority in the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is to protect our patients, our staff and our community.

Where possible, interviews are currently being conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams.

Until further notice, all patients and visitors to Isle of Wight Trust sites will be required to wear a face covering.

At the IOW NHS Trust we are committed to putting the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleague and therefore we would recommend that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 and that you understand that we are treating COVID-19 positive patients within our services.

First Contact Practitioner / Advanced Practice Physiotherapist

Band 8a - £47,126 - £53,219

The Isle of Wight NHS Trustis offering an exciting opportunity to work across the MSK pathway supporting patients in both Primary and Secondary Care.

As a member of our Community Outpatient Cluster team, the First Contact Practitioner (FCP) combined Advanced Practice Physiotherapist post offers an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual motivated to continue to develop local Musculoskeletal integrated services and seamless pathway provision. As such, this role provides opportunity to work across services with consideration of personal clinical interest and experience. Clinical experience is paramount along with self-management, strong leadership skills and the ability to work within interdisciplinary teams. Awareness of and the ability to map and develop in line with the National MSK FCP and AP Frameworks across the four pillars of advanced Practice is essential. Clear guidance is available. First Contact Practitioners & Advanced Practitioners - Roadmaps to Practice | Health Education England ( locally we have a growing team with a supervision and support structure tailored to each individual.

Successful applicants will demonstrate clinical and professional leadership ability to support others through, supervision, training, and education as well as service development and research. Likewise, applicants can look forward to training and development structured to suit their individual development needs with opportunities such as: independent prescribing; injection therapy; leadership development; diagnostic imaging assessment skills; other diagnostic requests and many more advanced practice skills. We are proud of our learning and development culture as we continue to work together as a team to develop and maintain competencies to provide excellent patient care. Our service offers a commitment to supporting ongoing professional development with an accessible network of diverse multi-disciplinary colleagues providing a wealth of experience and varying skill sets. We offer a strong peer support network.

Interested applicants must evidence 5 years relevant post graduate experience with suitable clinical experience within the MSK specialism which maps Stage 1 of the Roadmap along with appropriate post-graduate qualification, HCPC registration and UK NHS experience.

The Isle of Wight offers a wonderful life / work balance for those interested in nature, culture and copious outdoor activities and adventures. Traffic congestion is rare keeping the work commute to a minimum with many of the team opting to cycle to work. There are good mainland transport links with many colleagues commuting daily making this a fantastic opportunity for all.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please do contact Katie Clough (

Important information

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Equality Statement We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all our employees as well as maintaining a workforce that reflects our local communities we serve.

In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can be made as required.

The NHS and primary care define flexible working as "an arrangement which supports an individual to have greater choice in when... where and how they work" - flexible working arrangements are supported and can be discussed in relation to any advertised role.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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