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First Contact Practitioner (FCP) - Preston

Ascenti is the leading provider of physiotherapy and associated services in the UK – helping people to elevate their health and live active lives.

Whether you are a newly graduated student or an experienced clinician, we have a range of opportunities for all levels.

Job summary

Locations: Preston

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Full-time 40 hours / part-time hours negotiable

Salary band: Competetive

Suitable for graduate applications: No

Your purpose

Being a First Contact Practitioner means that you are responsible for delivering frontline advanced musculoskeletal assessment, triage and care to a varied selection of NHS patients.

How your role fits within our team

You will be central to an exciting 6-month First Contact Practitioner (FCP) pilot, working in collaboration with the Ribble Medical Group, Primary Care Network.

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, 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 Agreements
  • To attend regular relevant courses both internally and externally, as well as keeping an up to date file of your CPD achievements which is 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 and skills

  • 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

Experience

  • 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
  • Previous experience as a FCP or APP is desirable
  • Non-medical prescriber expereince is desirable


Qualifications

  • 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

 

Professional Standards

As a First Contact Practitioner, you are expected to comply with the standards of conduct, performance and ethics as set out by the HCPC. You’ll also ensure that you role model the standards of behaviour detailed in Ascenti’s Code of Conduct

https://www.hcpc-uk.org/resources/standards/standards-of-conduct-performance-and-ethics/

Safeguarding is everybody’s business. All employees have a duty of care to safeguard Children and Adults and to act on any concerns to ensure that each situation is appropriately assessed and investigated.

Adhere to all Ascenti policies and procedures, paying close attention to the following key policies: Health and Safety (of employees and service users), Risk Management, Data Protection and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

 

 

 

Location:
Preston
Role type:
Full time
Salary:
Competitive
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
  • 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
  • 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
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