30 Credits at Level 7

Musculoskeletal Practice in Primary Care

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This course will begin to prepare experienced practitioners from across disciplines, working in musculoskeletal roles, for moving into First Contact Musculoskeletal Practice roles in Primary and/or Community Care and continuing onwards towards Advanced Practice. 

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Course overview

This course addresses the HEE FCP/ACP Roadmap Stage 1 requirements and following successful completion of this module, and the Stage 2 requirements (detailed in the FCP/ACP Roadmap and the co-requisite), the individual can seek HEE Centre for Advancing Practice recognition as a FCP.

This module offers the opportunity for MSK practitioners to develop their theoretical knowledge and professional practice skills to a level necessary for managing complexity in clinical scenarios, often where the evidence is lacking and where complex clinical reasoning is necessary. There will be an opportunity to work inter-professionally and to link and share ongoing clinical experiences. Work-based learning, the support of the practitioner’s manager, and identification of a Supervisor are part of the requirements for becoming, or working, towards FCP abilities.

What you need to know

Course start date

January 2024


Blended Learning

Course length

10 weeks


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Typical offer

Health Professionals


£1,800 - £2,862

Course features

  • Blended Learning
  • 30 Credits at Level 7 

Course details


Blended learning, with taught elements on campus at the University of Winchester.


Learning and teaching

This short course will utilise a blended approach of online resources, practical face to face teaching, seminars and work-based learning and assessment. Self-reflection and lifelong learning skills will be important components, both for assessment and professional and personal development. Inter-professional learning will be embedded into the Learning and Teaching approach in both the University and the work-based components. 


Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions


Topic 1
  • Initiatives supporting telehealth
  • Defining telehealth, telemedicine and remote consultations
  • Digital capabilities framework
  • Professional standards
  • Considerations before setting up a remote consultation service
  • Considerations before starting an individual consultation
  • Aspects around confirming identity and safeguarding of the health care professional and service user
Topic 2
  • Review of what information do you need before the remote consultation?
  • Tips on communication with service users during a remote consultation
  • Vulnerable children and service users
  • Considerations for completing assessment and planning treatment
  • What to do if you have concerns regarding a service-users safety or deteriorating clinical condition
  • Considerations for record keeping and adherence to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)


Topic 3
  • The use of audit as part of a remote consultations
  • What is an audit standard and how to audit your practice
  • Why is audit important
  • How can audit be used within a quality improvement framework as part of an audit cycle or quality improvement project

Entry requirements

Health Professionals

Must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPS) or similar appropriate regulatory body.

Minimum of three years post-registration experience in a musculoskeletal setting plus two years of general consolidation of undergraduate learning.

Must demonstrate the ability to work at Level 7 (Master's level). Students may have a certificated Masters level learning, but applications are also welcome from students with significant relevant clinical experience.

Application must be supported by your employer who agrees to release you to attend the taught content and supervision of your practice placement.

You will need to have an identified and appropriate Supervisor.

For the Stage 2 Clinical Module, you must be able to successfully complete a minimum of 75 hours practice placement during the working hours of 09:00 - 18:00, Monday to Friday, regardless of current working arrangement.

To formally apply for the course, please complete our online application form: www.winchester.ac.uk/myapplication.

Applications will be reviewed by the course leader with reference to the criteria above.

For general enquiries please contact the department administrator HWBShortCourses@winchester.ac.uk.

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Total Cost | £1,800

No International Entry Requirements for this course.

This course is available for healthcare professionals.


Total Cost | £2,862

Additional costs

For information about staff and student discounts please contact the short course administrator HWBShortCourses@winchester.ac.uk.