Band 8a MSK First Contact Practitioner, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Bolton

Job summary

Applications are invited from forward thinking, enthusiastic, motivated and hardworking Physiotherapists with proven extensive MSK experience, to join a dynamic and expanding service, working within GP Practices, as a MSK First Contact Practitioner. If this sounds like you then please read on!

Main duties of the job

6The successful applicant will work in an extended role, providing first contact to patients with MSK conditions (potentially with complex other medical needs). Working independently they will lead patient care management to include assessment, treatment and onward referral for diagnostic or secondary care services as required. They will provide and advise on a range of treatment options within the scope of practice and competence and undertake independent and supplementary prescribing and injection therapy.

Successful applicants will participate in an induction programme and get regular supervision and appraisals. There will be opportunity to develop and consolidate clinical skills in this role. A cohesive team approach is maintained thorough an established in-service training programme, peer support and regular team meetings.

The successful applicants will have proven and extensive postgraduate experience in the field of MSK Physiotherapy expertise and be able to use their own initiative and work independently. They should have the desire to teach others, have good organisational skills, and the ability to prioritise tasks and effectively liaise with other health professionals.

Flexibility and innovation are a prerequisite for this post with a high value placed on individual initiative and responsibility. You will be required to be able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service and its users which could include extended hours and participation in a weekend rota.

About us

The aims of this Trust are to improve the health of and provide the best possible care to the population in which we serve and ensure that our staff have joy and pride in their work. We are striving to recruit a workforce that reflects the communities in which we serve. We value our staff and can offer excellent opportunities for further training and development. We are keen to reflect our local population and therefore applications from all sectors of the community are welcomed.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information regarding the key responsibilities of this role please see the attached job description. If you have any further questions regarding this role please do not hesitate to contact us via the information below.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Physiotherapy
  • Evidence of successful completion of highly specialist courses equivalent to Master’s degree level
  • To have a Post graduate qualification in Injection Therapy and /or Independent prescribing.
  • To have extensive experience working at band 7 level
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council


  • Member of CSP
  • To have relevant and up to date Irmer training



  • Relevant experience during post graduate practice and extensive post registration experience to Master’s level.
  • Experience of planning, managing, monitoring, advising and reviewing general Physiotherapy care programmes for patients, including disease states and long term conditions.
  • Extensive MSK experience.
  • Experience of intergrating a broad range of interventions into practice, including injection therapy and independent prescribing, whilst also promoting non-pharmacological solutions to patients care.



  • Demonstrates advanced physiotherapy skills and knowledge in core areas
  • Contribute to Primary care activity with a strong emphasis on prevention and early intervention through the delivery of public health advice


  • Involve patients in decision making and supporting adherence as per NICE guidelines.
  • Designs, develops and delivers programmes of specialised learning in line with EBP to peers and junior staff



  • Highly Specialist Knowledge in anatomy and physiology to underpin relevant clinical skills/practice
  • In depth knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to service delivery
  • Excellent knowledge of conditions that can masquerade as a MSK problem.



  • Car owner/driver subject to the conditions of the DDA .
  • Ability to work flexible hours and out of hours including weekends based on the needs of the service
  • Ability to work within a stressful and unpredictable environment

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

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

For more information about this job vacancy please contact Nicola McAinsh, Principal Service Lead Elective Therapies,, 01204462815.

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Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Farnworth Health Centre, Frederick Street, Bolton, BL4 9AH (view map). For more information about the practice please visit

Closing date: 17/04/2023Job type: PermanentJob location: BoltonEmployer: Bolton NHS Foundation TrustAfC pay band: Band 8a