First Contact Physiotherapist

Town/City Devon EX22 6GH
Payment type Per hour
Region South West
Contract type Permanent contract
Closing date
Hours Full-time
Type of employer NHS
Name of employer Ruby Country Medical Group

Other benefits

Vacancy details

Job overview

We have an opportunity for a First Contact Physiotherapist to work across Ruby Country Medical Group and our local Primary Care Network.

Whilst keeping our individual GP surgeries and their services, we are extending and working together with nearby practices in the network to develop the healthcare services we offer to our patients.

Please note, we anticipate interviews to be held on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 via Microsoft Teams.

Main duties of the job

You will be assessing and diagnosing patients to establish a suitable clinical pathway for the patient. You will be the first point of contact for patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions who need clinical assessment, diagnosis and management; this will be instead of seeing a GP. Management would be through advice on self-management, injections or onward referral, not a course of physiotherapy with the post holder. Non-medical prescribing and experience of referral pathways preferred.

About us

Ruby Country Medical Group consists of three GP practices across the Devon and Cornwall border.Holsworthy, Bude and surrounding villages is a Primary Care Network consisting of five GP practices.

Benefits include optional access to the NHS Pension scheme.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The role is to deliver a First Contact Physiotherapist service to patients of Ruby Country Medical Group and Holsworthy, Bude and surrounding villages Primary Care Network, providing a clinical judgement on the best route of care for the patients. This involves seeing patients without prior contact with their GP to enable a swift and accurate diagnosis and management plan. The post holder will request investigations, interpreting and acting on results to assist diagnosis and choice of care pathway. The post holder will also provide patients with self-management advice.

Principal Accountabilities

Construct detailed treatment and care plans for each patient, supporting patients with their care plans and own goals.

Communicate with patients physicians to ensure a consistent level of care.

Assess, diagnose, triage and refer patients for onward treatment.

Contribute to the development of the service and its delivery.

Use a range of clinical skills which may include;

  • non-medical independent prescribing
  • joint/soft tissue injections
  • joint aspirations

Communicate accordingly with patients and carers sensitive information regarding their care.

Provide care that is tailored to the individuals needs.

Accountable for arrangement and management of HCPC registration.

Person Specification



  • Experience in both core and MSK physiotherapy Evidence of CPD in relevant clinical and management areas


  • Evidence of previous research Experience of working with Primary Care

Skills and Abilities


  • Enthusiastic and innovative Advanced clinical reasoning and problem solving skills Ability to recognise own professional limits, and knowledge of when to seek help Commitment to supporting patients with behaviour change and self-management. Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise, self-manage and self-motivate Awareness and understanding of the MSK Competency Framework for FCPs Ability to create and maintain good working relationships and networks across the MDT Able to respond to the demands of the service across 5 GP practices


  • An understanding of funding streams to General Practice Experienced in joint injections and aspiration



  • Physiotherapy degree on Masters pathway to advanced practice Registered with HCPC May hold or be working towards a prescribing qualification, or be able to undertake study/qualifications


  • Masters in physiotherapy/MACP Leadership qualifications
  • Non-Medical Prescriber Clinical supervision / mentoring qualification

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please seeĀ NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

How to apply

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