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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 2022/23

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £1,415

EU / International students: £2410 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

How to apply

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

    • Relevant Professional Qualification
    • Relevant Work experience
    • Currently working within a neuromusculoskeletal workplace setting
    • You must have a clinical mentor and have access to relevant workplace opportunities to be able to successfully complete the RMACP module

    The above must be evidenced in the applicants application form.

    International students must have reliable internet access and supply IELTS scores.

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered at our Collegiate Crescent Campus

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    The module is planned to commence delivery in September 2021 and January 2022.


    September 2021 - You are required to attend for 6 full days of teaching on campus with an assessment w/c 13/12. 

    Please contact the module leader for further information.

    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 Charlotte Pedley - or contact the student experience team:

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