Career Pathway: First Contact Physiotherapist
What are the entry requirements to train as a Physiotherapist/ First Contact Physiotherapist?
To get onto a Physiotherapy degree course you usually need two or three A levels, including a biological science and/or PE, along with five GCSEs (grades A-C) including English Language, Maths and at least one Science. You may also be able to get onto a course with alternative qualifications, including:
- BTEC, HND or HNC which includes biological science
- relevant NVQ
- science-based access course
- equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications
- a previous degree or a full practising qualification in a related area.
To become an MSK First Contact Physiotherapist, you will need a BSc or pre-reg MSc in Physiotherapy under a training programme approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. You will also need to be working as an experienced autonomous clinical practitioner in line with the national multi-professional framework for Advanced Clinical Practice in England framework. There are also two-year accelerated MSc courses available to people who already have a BSc degree in a relevant subject.
Band 7 roles: HEE Primary Care FCP Capability training must be completed as the minimum threshold for entry to primary care & must be supported by appropriate governance and indemnity. This can begin 3-5 years post-graduate.
Band 8a roles: HEE Primary Care FCP Capability training must be completed and you must also be working at an advanced level of practice (i.e. at Masters Level 7) across all four pillars of advanced practice.
Is there an Apprenticeship route towards becoming a Physiotherapist/ First Contact Physiotherapist?
A degree standard apprenticeship in Physiotherapy has been approved for delivery. To get onto a degree apprenticeship, you will need to apply for an apprentice position with a health care provider. You can search for vacancies on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.
There is also an apprenticeship route for Advanced Clinical Practice; this is a part-time integrated 3-year degree apprenticeship Masters programme. ACP apprentices are employed by their organisation for a minimum of 30 hours per week to undertake a job with training to recognised industry standards. To find out more, please contact us.
What courses are available in South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw?
- Sheffield Hallam University- BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (3 years- full time)
- Sheffield Hallam University- MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration- 2 years)
- Sheffield Hallam University- MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (3 years- part time)
- University of Sheffield – MMedSci Advanced Clinical Practice (General Practice) – 3 years part time
What support is available for First Contact Physiotherapists working in General Practice in SY&B?
Please visit the Initiatives/ Support available link at the bottom of this page to find out more.
Where can the First Contact Physiotherapist role lead?
Prospects for career development for First Contact Physiotherapists in primary care are increasing, with opportunities to develop knowledge and a range of clinical, educational or managerial skills. There are well-established Advanced Clinical Practice pathways in South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw and a Faculty of Advanced Clinical Practice which works closely with HEE to support training.
There may be opportunities to take on education roles (e.g. secondment to university Physiotherapist programmes/Training Hub preceptorship programmes and some Pharmacists may become partners in their practice.