First Contact Practitioner 1: Advanced MSK Practice

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First Contact Practitioner 1: Advanced MSK Practice

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Who the course is aimed at

This module is aimed at Physiotherapists specialising in musculoskeletal conditions particularly working within an advanced practice role within Primary Care settings.

Benefits of taking the course to the individual, the organisation and the patient

The aim of this module is to facilitate you in the development of complex reasoning and decision-making skills in advanced musculoskeletal practice.  This will include the development of  personalised care approaches with advanced interpersonal abilities, holistic and critical assessment, investigation and diagnostic skills to offer client focused prevention, intervention and management of complex conditions.  You will develop many personal attributes that underpin the 14 capabilities of the KSA’s detailed in the HEE FCP roadmap to practice with particular focus on critical evaluation of evidence based practice, service and personal development.

What you learn

What you learn will be supported by face to face teaching sessions including workshops and practical sessions. In order to prepare for the teaching sessions, learning materials and specific tasks will be delivered via distance learning.

Demonstrate the ability to apply a personalised care approach with the advanced use of interpersonal and communication skills in the effective application of practical skills for assessment, diagnosis and management of individuals with MSK conditions.

Demonstrate an advanced level of critical understanding, clinical reasoning and practical skills in the assessment, investigation and diagnosis of complex MSK presentations within a patient centred approach.

Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and critical evaluation of evidenced based condition management and prevention through multiple and inter-related interventions alongside collaborative MDT working.

Demonstrate professional progression and wider service development with application of critical evidence, clinical guidelines and patient preferences to manage MSK conditions through self-awareness of your ability to lead, influence, and negotiate with others.

A prior knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system is expected. The indicative module contents map to the FCP KSA framework (HEE MSK roadmap to practice) however requires considerable experience and application to practice from the student to successfully complete the module.

Skills gained for the workplace

You will be able to pass on your gained knowledge to others, improving overall effectiveness and patient outcome.

Fees and Funding for 2023/24

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £1,655

EU / International students: £2,735 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

How to apply

Applications will be accepted up to and including 19th September 2024. 

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    All entrants to the module must meet the following requirements:

    • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
    • HCPC registered
    • Currently working in a relevant role
    • Have 24 months full time (or equivalent part time) experience managing and treating musculoskeletal dysfunction
    • Have a clinical mentor and access to relevant workplace opportunities to be able to successfully complete the module

    A First degree (or equivalent professional qualification) in a related health care subject which is recognised in the UK will be considered on an individual basis as will equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications.

    If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill area. Note that the attainment of an IELTS score of 7 (with no element below 6.5) is required for registration with HCPC.

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered at our Collegiate Crescent Campus

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    The next available intake starts in September 2024. Below are the teaching dates:

    • Thurs 26th September 24 
    • Thurs 3rd October 24
    • Thurs 10th October 24
    • Thurs 11th November 24
    • Thurs 14th November 24
    • Thurs 21st November 24
    • Assessments w/b 16th December 24

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one assessment tasks. The assessment task for this module is:

    • Assessment 40 Minutes OSCE and Portfolio

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader David Alderson - or contact the student experience team:


David Alderson - Module Lead - I work part time (Mon, Thurs and Fri)

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