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Trainee/Advanced Practice MSK Physiotherapist

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

Role Summary

We have exciting opportunities within our Orthopaedic interface (ESP), First Contact (FCP)and Advanced Practice (AP) musculoskeletal (MSK) team. These roles are based across Mid and East Devon and around Exeter.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role

Due to a mix of retirement, relocation and expansion we are looking for a number of experienced MSK Physiotherapists with evidence of study in MSK at Level 7.

Our posts are blended, with each comprising either ESP or AP and FCP.  We are happy to offer either full or part time opportunities. The ability to be mobile within the trust area is a requirement.

These posts are available from Band 7 as trainee roles or as Band 8a for those who are able to evidence full compliance with our Band 8a contract. We have a defined process allowing those recruited at Band 7 to work towards Band 8a within role, on completion of competencies.

The roles:

ESP roles are community based and receive referral from Primary care and MSK physio. In these you will assess patients with hip, knee or shoulder conditions. You will investigate to provide definitive diagnosis and undertake shared decision making to decide on most appropriate steps, including surgical intervention. You will have the opportunity to attend orthopaedic MDT at the RDUH (a centre of excellence) for case discussion. You will support clinical leadership of the MSK service.

AP roles are integrated into our MSK Physio teams with complex case review, high level rehab, investigation, joint injection and supporting the Team Leads in clinical leadership of the service. There is specific capacity for those with a spinal interest.

FCP roles are based in GP practices in the area. We have a strong service with excellent feedback from patients and GPs alike. You will assess, investigate, manage or refer either undifferentiated patients booked by reception or patients seen by other clinicians where second opinion is required.

The Team:

Our blended team is currently 25 WTE (34 people) and we work very closely with an MSK service of approximately 75 staff. We are highly motivated and flexible and provide many learning opportunities. The whole service has one afternoon per week non-contact for varying types of supervision, mentorship and clinical learning- small groups/ practical/ Teams/ formal training.  We lead clinical interest groups for non-medical prescribing, injection therapy as well as a service wide MSK clinical interest group.  We have a number of qualified FCP supervisors within the service who can help those who need it with sign off of their FCP competencies.

Working Pattern: Full time and part time hours available, role dependent.

Interview Date: To be confirmed.

For further information please contact: Mike McGibben, ESP/FCP Clinical Lead on

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

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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