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First Contact Practitioner (6 Months fixed-term contract pilot) - Preston & South Ribble

Your purpose

As a First Contact Practitioner (FCP) you will be an experienced physiotherapy clinician responsible for delivering frontline advanced musculoskeletal assessment, triage and care to a varied selection of NHS patients.

You will be responsible for referring patients into the most appropriate service, including the Central Lancashire Moving Well Service integrated MSK service, that Ascenti deliver alongside Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

How your role fits within our team

You will be central to exciting and newly established FCP services, working in collaboration with Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in the Preston and South Ribble area.

You will work within a primary care setting as part of the wider community physiotherapy and MSK services.

The FCP service will require you to perform frontline patient screening with direct referral from GP receptionists.    From initial assessment, you will be responsible and accountable for assessing and managing MSK conditions to a high standard including onward referral to other health professionals, imaging or self-management. Injection therapy will also be utilised when appropriate.

Key responsibilities

  • To work as an autonomous advanced practitioner in providing and delivering neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy assessments and treatment plans
  • To act independently to assess, analyse and provide a clinical diagnosis for individual patients, including those presenting with complex conditions, to determine their need for further MSK or non-MSK intervention. This should involve an understanding of when to refer to other services such as diagnostics, pathology, T&O, medication reviews, pain management, rheumatology, community physiotherapy and injection therapy
  • To understand each patients’ needs and expectations, and irrespective of their backgrounds and/or beliefs, to provide them with the quality of service to the standards the company expects
  • To demonstrate excellence in report writing, and evidence an ability to complete reports autonomously without the need for further support
  • To maintain up to date records in line with professional standards. These must be completed in a timely manner, whilst abiding by Ascenti internal procedures and Service Level Agreement
  • To attend regular relevant courses both internally and externally, as well as keeping an up to date file of your CPD achievements, in line with CSP and HCPC guidelines. This is to be presented annually as part of the appraisal process
  • To identify and manage any risks to quality, such as workload, communication, and team working, with the support of your line manager and clinical mentor, and to advise on any issues regarding service delivery
  • To work as part of a team and liaise with other physiotherapists internally to ensure delivery of clinically effective care. To promote Ascenti as an employer of choice and provider of leading healthcare both internally and externally
  • To communicate effectively with all stakeholders (including patients, clinical colleagues, administrative colleagues, receptionists, and external healthcare professionals etc) on challenging matters and in challenging situations in line with Ascenti procedures. Ensuring effective patient management, and working in collaboration with and/or referring to NHS colleagues in hospital and community settings
  • To fully understand the wider MSK service and local MSK pathways: across primary care, secondary care and the voluntary sector, including in depth knowledge of referral criteria and scope of services
  • To take an active role in engaging with external fellow physiotherapy professionals, working to promote Ascenti as a leading healthcare organisation, being aware of the referral pathways and actively suggesting and engaging with initiatives to help the business improve patient care

This role profile is not exhaustive and you may be directed to complete other tasks as required. These duties will be always be reasonable and deemed within the expectations of your position.

Your knowledge, experience and qualifications

Knowledge / skills

Essential

  • Extensive knowledge of neuromusculoskeletal symptomatology and evidence-based practice  
  • Evidence demonstrating advanced clinical examination skills, for example, recognising MSK masqueraders and bone tumours in MSK presentations  
  • Excellent communication skills ensuring consistently high levels of communication with the whole team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, prioritise effectively and manage your time efficiently

Desirable

  • Knowledge of EMIS system use.
  • Knowledge of the CLMW service and local services.
  • Knowledge of medicines management.

Experience

Essential

  • Current HCPC and CSP registered Physiotherapist  
  • Minimum 5 years post-graduate musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice experience; preferably in both public and private settings
  • You must show proof of continued professional development which evidences the skills / competencies required for this role
  • Demonstrable experience in ordering and interpreting diagnostics and histology results.
  • Risk assessment and management.
  • Evidence of conducting initial assessments, providing diagnosis, and prescribing advanced treatment plans across a wide range of complex MSK conditions.
  • Track record of strong people skills and outstanding communication with patients.
  • Using communication skills effectively and working collaboratively as part of a team or with other physiotherapists.
  • Evidence of reading / studying in the English language and producing well-structured written documents or reports.

Desirable

  • Using modern IT systems or software to support your practice, e.g. videocall technology or electronic note taking.  
  • Experience of working with IRMER.
  • Experience of evaluating own practice and a commitment to continued learning and development.

Qualifications /membership

Essential

  • Degree in Physiotherapy, or a recognised equivalent vocational qualification
  • Masters level modules relating to FCP competencies
  • Demonstrable competence through accredited courses in  
  • Imaging (MRI/CT/DXA/UKS) training; IR(ME)R Training
  • Injection therapy

Desirable

  • Enhanced DBS check.
  • MSc degree in Physiotherapy / Advanced Practice
  • Working towards MSc in Advanced Practice

Professional standards

We care about doing the right thing by our people and everyone that we work with. We also expect our people to do the right thing and to model our values and the behaviours outlined in our Code of Conduct.

As an Ascenti employee you will follow key principles and policies covering Safeguarding, Equality Diversity and Inclusion, Data Protection and Risk Management.

Location:
Preston & South Ribble
Role type:
Full time
Salary:
£34,000
Requirements
  • Degree in Physiotherapy, or a recognised equivalent vocational qualification
  • Masters level modules relating to FCP competencies
  • Demonstrable competence through accredited courses in  
  • Imaging (MRI/CT/DXA/UKS) training; IR(ME)R Training
  • Injection therapy
  • Extensive knowledge of neuromusculoskeletal symptomatology and evidence-based practice  
  • Evidence demonstrating advanced clinical examination skills, for example, recognising MSK masqueraders and bone tumours in MSK presentations  
  • Excellent communication skills ensuring consistently high levels of communication with the whole team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, prioritise effectively and manage your time efficiently
  • Current HCPC and CSP registered Physiotherapist  
  • Minimum 5 years post-graduate musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice experience; preferably in both public and private settings
  • You must show proof of continued professional development which evidences the skills / competencies required for this role
  • Demonstrable experience in ordering and interpreting diagnostics and histology results.
  • Risk assessment and management.
  • Evidence of conducting initial assessments, providing diagnosis, and prescribing advanced treatment plans across a wide range of complex MSK conditions.
  • Track record of strong people skills and outstanding communication with patients.
  • Using communication skills effectively and working collaboratively as part of a team or with other physiotherapists.
  • Evidence of reading / studying in the English language and producing well-structured written documents or reports.
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