First Contact Practitioner (Physiotherapist) in General Practice

First Contact Practitioner (Physiotherapist) in General Practice
The White House Clinic
First Contact Practitioner (Physiotherapist)

The White House clinic are looking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic Senior MSK Physiotherapist to our team. You must have a minimum of 3 years post-graduate experience and have your own transport.

The practice run GP clinics in the Sheffield, North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield and we are looking for a Physiotherapist to expand on the clinics we offer there working as a FCP. We are also offering private patient clinical hours at our clinics in Sheffield and Chesterfield. This role therefore incorporates a varied caseload of general MSK (both face-to-face and virtual) and orthopaedic work. We have full-time hours available, but we are flexible on this if necessary.

Part-time hours: 37.5 per week

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent


  • Monday to Friday


  • MSK Physiotherapy: 3 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  1. Provide clinical expertise, acting as first-contact physiotherapist and making decisions  about the best course of action for patients' care (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.
  2. Progress and request investigations to facilitate diagnosis and choice of treatment  regime, understanding the information limitations derived from these and the relative  sensitivity and specificity of particular tests diagnostic services such as x-rays and blood  test, and interpret and act on results to aid diagnosis and the management plans of  patients.  
  3. Deliver programmes of supported patient self-management, in ways that facilitate  behavioural change, optimise individuals' physical activity, mobility, fulfilment of  personal goals and independence, and that minimise the need for pharmacological  interventions  


  1. Takes professional responsibility as a first-contact physiotherapist, with high-level  decision-making and clinical-reasoning skills to assess, diagnose and triage of patients
  2. Manages a complex caseload (including patients with long-term conditions, co morbidities and multi-factorial needs),
  3. Leads, manages and contributes to service delivery,  
  4. Accountable for decisions and actions via HCPC registration, supported by a  professional culture of peer networking/review and engagement in evidence-based  practice
  5. Streamlines pathway of care by providing a responsive service so that patients receive  timely access to care
  6. Ensures care is proactive, preventive in focus and population based, with an emphasis  on early intervention
  7. 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
  8. Supports patients to set their own goals and be confident in their approach to self management  
  9. Communicates effectively and appropriately with patients and carers complex and  sensitive information regarding diagnosis, pathology and prognosis.
  10. Uses a range of clinical skills which may include a) non-medical independent prescribing  b) joint / soft tissue injections  c) joint aspirations
  11. Uses a range of clinical skills which may include a) Provides learning opportunities for the whole multi professional team within primary  care.
  12. Works with MDT to develop more effective and streamlined clinical pathways and  services
  13. Exercises professional judgement, making, justifying and taking responsibility for  decisions in unpredictable situations, including in the context of incomplete/contradictory information
  14. Manages interactions in complex situations, including with individuals with particular  psychosocial and mental health needs and with colleagues across the primary care  team, sectors and settings



NB: it is anticipated that the level of qualification held may vary according to the level of  position and the components of the role being carried out  

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy, and registration with the  Health and Care Professions Council
  • Able to demonstrate in practice portfolio experience in core physiotherapy and MSK  physiotherapy
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)  
  • May hold or be working towards a prescribing qualification  
  • May hold or be working towards a postgraduate physiotherapy qualification


  1. Demonstrates general physiotherapy skills and knowledge in core areas  
  2. Is able to plan, manage, monitor, advise and review general physiotherapy care  programmes for patients in core areas, including disease states / long term conditions  identified by local Needs Assessment  
  3. Demonstrates accountability for delivering professional expertise and direct service  provision
  4. Exercise a critical understanding of personal scope of practice and to identify when a  patient needs referring on and where there are opportunities for developing the scope  and competence of the wider MDT to meet patient care needs  
  5. Integrates a broad range of interventions into practice, including injection therapy and  independent prescribing, while also promoting non-pharmacological solutions to patient  care
  6. Through patient assessment and working in partnership with patients and their carers,  make decisions about the best pathway of care, informed by the urgency and severity of  patient need, patient acuity and dependency, and the most appropriate deployment of  resources  
  7. Manage risk in unpredictable, uncertain situations to uphold patient safety, including by  referring on to other primary care team members and to specialist services, as needed
  8. Able to follow legal, ethical, professional and organisational policies/procedures and  codes of conduct  
  9. Involves patients in decision making and supporting adherence as per NICE guidance  


  • Operate as a full member of the primary care team, including contributing to leadership,  service evaluation/improvement and research activity
  • Manage and co-ordinate the care that individual patients receive, including through  liaising with other members of the MDT and with patients' carers  
  • Lead primary care activity, with a strong emphasis on prevention and early intervention,  including through the delivery of public health advice (e.g. relating to physical activity,  weight management and smoking cessation)  
  • Contribute to the use of healthcare technologies to optimise the integration of service  delivery (across teams, sectors and settings) and paWienWs¶ access and conWinXiW\ of care  ξ Contribute to the development of primary care teams, including through contributing to  others' learning


  • Demonstrates understanding of the physiotherapy role in governance and is able to  implement this appropriately within the workplace  
  • Demonstrates understanding of, and contributes to, the workplace vision  ξ Demonstrates ability to improve quality within limitations of service  
  • Demonstrates ability to motivate self to achieve goals  


  • Demonstrates understanding of the implications of national priorities for the team and/or  service  
  • Demonstrates understanding of the process for effective resource utilisation  
  • Demonstrates understanding of, and conforms to, relevant standards of practice
  • Demonstrates ability to identify and resolve risk management issues according to  policy/protocol  
  • Follows professional and organisational policies/procedures relating to performance  management  
  • Represents the physiotherapy service on relevant committees and meetings, as a lead  physiotherapy clinician, provide input in relation to specialist issues and clinical matters  as required.
  • Assists Team Leaders in the efficient day to day management of the musculoskeletal  service.  


  • Understands and demonstrates the characteristics of a role model to members in the  team and/or service  
  • Demonstrates understanding of the mentorship process  
  • Demonstrates ability to conduct teaching and assessment effectively according to a  learning plan with supervision from a more experienced colleague  
  • Demonstrates self-development through continuous professional development activity  
  • Participates in the delivery of formal education programmes  
  • Demonstrates an understanding of current educational policies relevant to working  areas of practice and keeps up to date with relevant clinical practice  
  • As clinical supervisor and educator, designs, develops and delivers programmes of  specialised learning in line with evidence based practice. to peers and junior staff  


  • Demonstrates ability to critically evaluate and review literature  
  • Demonstrates ability to identify where there is a gap in the evidence base to support  practice  
  • Demonstrates ability to generate evidence suitable for presentation at local level  
  • Demonstrates ability to apply the research evidence base into working practice  
  • Demonstrates understanding of the principles of research governance  
  • Demonstrates ability to work as a member of the research team

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