First Contact Physiotherapist


Caring for your Career’

 First Contact Physiotherapist (Band 7)

Crowborough, East Sussex

£39,087.83 - £45,540.39  – 37.5hrs permanent

We are on the look-out for a Highly Specialist Physiotherapist to join our well established team and work to become a First Contact Practitioner combining work in this role within GP practices with managing a physiotherapy caseload in our region of East Sussex.

Once competent, with the support of the 8a FCP, you will autonomously undertake clinics in a primary care setting (GP practice) as a first point of contact to patients with MSK conditions using advanced clinical reasoning skills to assess, diagnose, treat and discharge patients without the need for a medical referral. You will provide a patient centred collaborative approach to assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning including providing patient choice and shared decision making and working within an MDT to provide a range of evidence-based treatment options, in line with clinical pathways. You will participate in collecting data for clinical audit within the service to assist with maintaining and improving all aspects of clinical governance, evidence based practice and quality assurance in the service area. You will also manage and treat a caseload of outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy patients and may be required to supervise more junior members of staff.

Must Haves

  • Registered with the HCPC as a physiotherapist
  • Member of CSP
  • Significant previous experience in Orthopaedic and MSK Physiotherapy
  • Post-op Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
  • Experience of service improvement
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Forward thinking
  • Self-directed learner
  • Ability to work independently as well as taking a lead role in teams
  • Ability to pass on knowledge/skills to others
  • Ability to deal with and manage challenging situations
  • Excellent time management and effective prioritisation of workload
  • Knowledge of and participation in audits  and data collection
  • Teaching and presenting skills to groups and individuals
  • Strong knowledge of musculoskeletal physiotherapy – assessment and treatment skills
  • Working knowledge of advanced clinical reasoning models
  • Thorough understanding of up to date MSK Clinical Research / Service guidance
  • Professional approach and committed to team working
  • Motivated and enthusiastic with initiative
  • Sense of humour but enjoys a challenge
  • Lateral/creative thinker, flexible and adaptable to change
  • Displays the Horder Healthcare values: Caring, Friendly Quality Integrity and Pride

Nice to Haves

  • Evidence of and ambition for further post-graduate professional development in the fields of Orthopaedics and MSK
  • Independent Prescriber or Injection Therapy
  • Other applicable specialist interest group membership
  • Sports injury management
  • Running or presenting to groups or classes
  • Pain Management
  • Working across multiple healthcare providers
  • High level of IT literacy
  • Knowledge of Post-operative rehabilitation principles
  • To be aware of the key issues in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

Covid-19 full vaccination may be a condition of employment for this role, unless an exemption applies. The successful applicant may have contact with vulnerable service users and we will therefore seek proof of being fully vaccinated during the recruitment process