Lancashire – North West of England 

Our Central Lancashire Moving Well service is an NHS partnership and local MSK physiotherapy service we run in the North West of England. 

This is a mixed NHS MSK placement where multiple Ascenti physiotherapists will act as your supervisors and support you in gaining important practical experience as a physiotherapy student. 

These experienced Band B, C and above Ascenti clinicians (equivalent of NHS Band 6/7 and above) will work with you to manage patients referred to us for musculoskeletal physiotherapy treatment by the NHS in single occupancy clinic rooms. 

You will see a variety of conditions with new and follow up appointments throughout the day in 20 or 40 minute slots. You will type up notes, use our digital work-flow system to manage patient appointments and prescribe self-management advice using our industry leading patient rehabilitation app. You will have extra time after appointments to complete these tasks with your supervisor if needed. 

We also run and have access to a number of group classes for the Lancashire community that you could help to run or observe. These include back, upper limb and ESCAPE pain classes.

Your level of involvement will be managed by your supervisor depending on your study level, knowledge and competencies. 

Typical patient caseload 

You will be working with referrals for musculoskeletal physiotherapy from NHS Primary Care services and self-referrals, which is where patients book themselves in for physiotherapy directly without seeing a GP. 

All patients will have a MSK related disorder such as spinal, lower and upper limb conditions. 

You will mainly treat patients with a self-management approach, neurophysiological education and goal-related activity planning, with the support of our patient rehabilitation app. Chronic pain strategies, activity rehabilitation, exercise therapy and manual therapy may also be included (McKenzie, Maitland & Society of Orthopaedic Medicine approaches).

Clinic locations 

You could work from more than 16 clinic locations across Lancashire, with key clinics located in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble. 
Because this placement will involve working from different clinic locations you will need to be willing to travel and organise your own transport. 

Working hours 

We can offer a full 5 or 4 day working week, from Monday to Friday. Your working hours would be between 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. 

You will have a half hour lunch break from around 1pm. 

The specific hours you work can be negotiated and confirmed once you have been accepted onto the placement. 

Additional opportunities

  • Depending on the availability of our service partners and contract restrictions, we may also have the opportunity for students on this placement to shadow other service areas, including:
  • Musculoskeletal assessment service (MCATS) – with Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners. 
  • Community Consultant led Rheumatology service.
  • Community Consultant led pain and chronic fatigue service.

About Ascenti student placements

At Ascenti we are offering musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy placements as part of NHS services we deliver across four different regions in the UK. 

Learn more about our physiotherapy student placements and the opportunities available.

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