This aim of this placement module will be to develop the skills required to demonstrate capability in practice for the role of (musculoskeletal) First Contact Practitioner (FCP) in Primary Care in order to deliver high quality care, aligned with the relevant national frameworks.
This module is delivered via a blended learning pathway consisting of taught sessions and 75 hours of supervised practice and forms part of the FCP taught route as outlined by HEE in the FCP roadmap.
This placement module will enable on-going
professional development within the context of the (musculoskeletal) First Contact Practitioner (FCP) in
Primary Care role including: theoretical, analytical and clinical principles, developing an evidenced based
rationale, critical thinking, complex clinical reasoning and critical reflection on the scope of practice of the
First Contact Practitioner as well service delivery.
Level 7 - masters degree
Blended learning approach with face to face delivery at Plymouth
ADV777 module details
The module content will reflect the knowledge, skills and attributes required to demonstrate capability in practice related to the role of First Contact Practitioners within primary care. This will include: mastery of complex clinical reasoning and practice skills, reflection and reflexivity in practice and the ability to identifying own learning and development needs to deliver optimal FCP service.
A stimulating learning environment will be created, which will develop a higher level of critical thinking. Key components include interdisciplinary working and critical reflection and debate. Case based discussions amongst lecturing staff, clinicians and peers underpin all aspects of teaching and learning.
Stakeholders have been closely involved in the module design and key national guidelines will be mapped to the module content.
During the period of supervised practice, clear guidance and support will be provided by the programme team to ensure both supervisors and students understand their roles and responsibilities with expectations outlined in the form of an agreed learning contract.
Establish a mastery of clinical reasoning skills, required to undertake advanced assessment, within the context of the First Contact Practitioner (FCP) in primary care role.
Critically rationalise, justify, implement and review appropriate interventions and management pathways, taking into account the context of wider health determinants with practice.
Develop a critical understanding of the importance of a person-centred approach within First Contact Practice.
Critically reflect upon the role of
First Contact Practitioners (FCP)
within primary care.
Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
- application forms
- change of name forms
- pre-course information
- downloadable guides
- student card.
Visit our admissions homepage for full details.
*Please note this module is fully booked for 2021 / 22. If you are interested please contact the Professional Development Unit as a waiting list will be operating.*
8 September, 13 October, 16 November 2021 and 5 January 2022.
25 May, 22 June, 20 July and 24 August 2022.
The University is following government guidelines on COVID-19 and there is a possibility that some modules may require online delivery. We will keep you informed of any decisions regarding this.
Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change - always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.
Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers.
In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date.
Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.
You will normally be a healthcare professional with a first degree or a related academic degree. BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above, or European first cycle equivalent. Clinicians without a degree but with appropriate experience may be eligible to apply. Overseas students require IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent required.
Participants must demonstrate a suitable level of expertise prior to attendance on the module. This would normally be at least three years musculoskeletal clinical practice and completion of both ADV767 Advanced clinical reasoning in musculoskeletal conditions and ADV773 The role of the First Contact Practitioner (FCP) within Primary Care (PC) modules.
A suitably qualified supervisor within practice must be identified prior to attendance on the module.
Participants on this module
must be registered with a
suitable health professions
council or Nursing and
Please see our Professional Development module fees page.
The lead for this module is Sue May.
You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries
Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.
Monday–Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.