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Trainee / Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Musculoskeletal)

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

This is an exciting opportunity for development in a Musculoskeletal advanced practice team, with varied work opportunities from patient first presentation in GP practice, to running Orthopaedic interface work for patients requiring specialist opinion.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

We are looking for a highly skilled, experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist (fixed term) who would be interested in developing their career in a portfolio advanced practice Musculoskeletal (MSK) role. 

This would suit a B6 looking for development opportunity, or an existing B7. Our service covers the Eastern part of Devon and faces the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in Exeter as an acute provider. We run a First Contact Physiotherapy (FCP) service providing services to all of our local primary care networks; an orthopaedic interface (ESP) service covering hips/knees and shoulders as well as having more rehabilitation oriented AP roles based with some of our local MSK departments.

The FCP part of the role involves working with local GP teams to assess, advise, investigate, refer and manage patients with musculoskeletal conditions, either instead of them seeing a GP or as a second opinion in complex cases. You may have the opportunity to develop practical skills such as injection therapy if you do not already have them.

Where appropriate, once ESP competencies are complete, you will run ESP clinics assessing patients referred for orthopaedic opinion, with hip, knee or shoulder problems.

This particular role would comprise 1 day per week FCP, as well as the possibility for some AP/ESP work. A background in these areas is advantageous but not essential. Ideally we would look for applicants to have some training relevant to an MSK role at Level 7.

We provide a comprehensive induction as well as weekly supervision and support from our experienced team. We are able to support those looking for FCP roadmap supervision.  

This is an exciting role within a large, experienced and well supported team.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact Mike McGibben (ESP/FCP Clinical Lead) on

This is a fixed term contract for 9 - 12months covering Maternity leave. For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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