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MSK B7 Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner MSK
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time: 37.5
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Southport Hospital
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum
Salary period
23/08/2020 23:59

Working for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust offers all the benefits of coast and country living with the convenience of big city life.

We have miles of unspoilt coastline on our doorstep, attractive commuter towns, picturesque villages and stunning countryside all within easy reach. Excellent transport links mean the vibrant, historic city of Liverpool is only a short journey away. Shops, bars, restaurants, museums, galleries, a World Heritage listed waterfront and, of course, two Premiership football teams makes this a destination for travellers from across the world.

The University of Liverpool has awarded us the status of University Clinical Education Centre in recognition of the high standard of training provided for students on placement to the Trust.

We pride ourselves in providing safe, clean and friendly care, and recruit to our SCOPE values. We also offer a range of family friendly options to staff.

Please note that all successful applicants to non-medical positions will be subject to a six-month probationary period.


Job overview

MSK B7 Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Specialty: Joint Health - Integrated MSK Service

Permanent Contract

Full time 37.5 hours per week

Band 7 (subject to Agenda for Change)

£38,890 - £44,503 per annum

Main duties of the job

Please note that all successful applicants to non-medical positions will be subject to a six-month probationary period.

For further information regarding the role responsibilities, please refer to the attached job description and person specification


Advert Date: 24th July 2020
Closing Date: 23rd August 2020
Shortlisting Date: w/c 24th August 2020
Interview Date: 9th September 2020


Working for our organisation

Working for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust offers all the benefits of coast and country living with the convenience of big city life.

The new Joint Health - Integrated MSK Service is a Consultant led inter disciplinary team consisting of Specialist Doctors; MSK Physiotherapists, Advanced Practice Physiotherapists & Podiatrist. You will work directly with Consultants in Physiotherapy, Neurosurgery and Sport and Exercise medicine providing excellent opportunities for professional development.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

1. To assist in the triage of all musculoskeletal referrals, selecting appropriate patients for the JH service and arranging re-direction of care in accordance with agreed triage criteria & patient pathways.

2. To undertake a highly specialised assessment and autonomous diagnosis of patients with complex orthopaedic / MSK symptoms respecting people’s privacy, dignity and individuality.

3. To request and interpret appropriate Haematological and Radiological investigations / results Inc. X-ray; Ultrasound; MRI & NCS in adherence with agreed clinical protocols & pathways.

4. Using advanced clinical reasoning skills, autonomously diagnose and arrange appropriate onward management of patients according to clinical need and in adherence with agreed patient pathways E.g. Secondary Care Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, Neurosurgery

5. To provide specialist Physiotherapy advice and treatment for patients with complex MSK conditions

6. To act as a source of Specialist MSK knowledge and skills to all Physiotherapy Staff

7. To monitor the appropriateness of JH referrals, obtaining information relevant to patient care and ensuring appropriate discharge / ongoing care.

8. To work on any of the Trust covered sites as directed by the line Manager.

9. To take part in evening and weekend clinics as required

10. To administer Injection Therapy or be willing to complete additional post graduate training in Injection Therapy if required

11. To ensure a high standard of patient care is provided, developing, implementing

And reviewing clinical standards/clinical audit relevant to the work undertaken.

12. To be a proactive member of the multi-disciplinary team and actively participate in JH meetings.

13. To ensure effective communication with patients, carers, GPs and all other Health and Social Care Professionals regarding all aspects of patient care.

14. To process and deliver complex information with empathy and reassurance, frequently communicating with patients who may have barriers to understanding.

15. To ensure where necessary the provision of cover for the JH service as a whole, E.g. in times of annual leave / sickness etc.

16. To ensure that any equipment, furniture or building in need of repair is reported to the correct authority as necessary.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree in Physiotherapy
  • At least 6 years post graduate experience and a significant time in MSK setting
  • HCPC registered
  • Evidence post graduate study
  • Willingness to undertake study relevant to role
  • Experience in MSK outpatient setting
  • Experience as B6 MSK Practitioner
Desirable criteria
  • Previous advanced physiotherapy practitioner experience in either Ortho or MSK interface services
  • Membership of specialist interest groups
  • Relevant research/audit experience


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate specialist Physiotherapy clinical skills advanced clinical reasoning in MSK Assessment, diagnosis and treatment
  • Ability to work independently as MSK Physiotherapy clinical specialist and work as part of a MDT
  • Awareness of current NHS Policies & Frameworks/relevant quality indicators in clinical specialty
  • Ability to manage change in a flexible, diplomatic and positive manner


Essential criteria
  • Experince in MSK out patient setting - assessment and treatment.
  • band 6 MSK experience in outpatient setting number years or evidence transferrable
Desirable criteria
  • B7 experience in MSK out patient setting or equivalent
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Laura Atherton
Job title
Clinical Therapy Manager
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Telephone number
01965 656585
Additional information

Please apply on-line and expect all future correspondence relating to your application via e-mail. This includes 'Invitation to Interview', so it is important you check your e-mail account on a regular basis.
Trust policy is that we do not pay interview expenses.

Should your application be successful we will require a reference/references covering a minimum period of 3 years from your current/most recent employer. Wherever possible provide an e-mail address for your referees.

If you are shortlisted we are required to check your documents to establish both your identity and your right to work in this country at interview. We require at least one item of photographic documentation. A list of acceptable documents can be viewed in "Further Links".

Non EEC Overseas candidates wishing to apply would require immigration sponsorship. You can self assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for this post. Please follow the link at the bottom of the advert to the UKBA website.

You will be required to complete a 'Declaration of Fitness to Practice' form if the post requires a DBS, and return it prior to interview. Trust policy is that we charge successful applicants for all DBS fees.

In submitting an application, you authorise Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust to confirm any previous NHS service via the ESR IAT process or paper Staff Transfer form, should you be appointed.

We reserve the right to close the job early should we receive a high volume of applications.

We are unable to respond to all applicants. If you are selected for interview you will be advised within maximum of four weeks.

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