First Contact Practitioner (FCP) in Primary Care Practice Placement (ADV777)
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Key features

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.

Module code




FHEQ Level

Level 7 - masters degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery at Plymouth

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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.

Learning outcomes

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.

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Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.

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Module dates

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5 June, 3 July, 21 August and 18 September 2023. 
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.

Entry requirements

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 Midwifery council.


Module lead

The lead for this module is Sue May.
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You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:
Current student enquiries:
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.