AHP First Contact Practice in Primary Care

AHP First Contact Practice in Primary Care

This module will develop professional, clinical and leadership skills to enable Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) to design, implement and deliver advanced clinical practice within first contact roles. There will be a focus on the development of clinical, professional and leadership skills to support effective service redesign, delivery and evaluation to deliver safe, excellent and innovative quality patient care.

Entry and Admissions


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time



SCHOOL: School of Sport and Health Sciences

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston


Entry Requirements:

This new innovative module is aimed at registered AHPs working in NHS settings who are already working in first contact roles or who plan to work in these roles.

Download our Guidance for Clinical Mentors


Course Content

This new innovative module is aimed at registered AHPs working in NHS settings who are already working in first contact roles or who plan to work in these roles. The Level 7 module can also be accessed by those planning to move into a first contact role.

The module will include a blended approach of face-to-face sessions, online learning and clinical practice education. Applicants must consider the identification of a suitable mentor (eg a GP in primary care) who will support their learning and assessment.

Learning Environment & Assessment

The assessment will comprise of 3 elements

  1. A 3000 word portfolio including a critical reflection on a case study, service user perspectives and a personal development plan (50%).
  2. A 30 minute presentation evaluating elements of your service to identify population health needs and how you can demonstrate outcomes, impact and value of an FCP role (50%).
  3. A clinical assessment document in which 8 core competencies will be be signed off by the clinical mentor (medical practitioner) (pass / fail)

Students will submit the portfolio and clinical assessment document electronically and will need to attend the assessment day to do their presentation.

Academic Expertise

Kenneth Chance-Larsen

Ken is a Physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, and is Course Leader for the MSc (Pre-reg) Physiotherapy Course at Uclan. He has extensive clinical and academic experience within musculoskeletal practice, and he played a central part in developing the Musculoskeletal Core Capabilities Framework for First Contact Practitioners.

Dr Sue Greenhalgh

Sue is a Consultant Physiotherapist who leads the MSK team at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and is leading work around identification of red flag and serious pathology, cauda equina and MSCC. She also works at Manchester University and has published much work around identification of serious pathology.

Adele Nightingale

Adele is an Operating Department Practitioner and has worked in a variety of NHS Hospitals in her career. She left her role as a NHS Theatre Manager to utilise her knowledge and experience in an education setting. Adele has worked as a Senior Lecturer in Perioperative Studies and from this she has developed an interest in Leadership, Human Factors and Non-technical skills. This has led to Adele working in her current role of Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Leadership in Practice

Dr Anne Milston

Anne is an Occupational therapist and Senior Lecturer in Research, Public Health and Rehabilitation. She has a particular interest in the management of long-term conditions, and cardiac prevention and rehabilitation. During her academic career she has been involved in the development and delivery of programmes aimed at Allied Health Professionals, Medicine and Dental Professionals. Currently she is the Postgraduate Medical Programmes Coordinator and a Research Degree Tutor.

Dr Hazel Roddam

Hazel is a Speech and Language Therapist with extensive experience as a clinician and manager, working within NHS and local authority contexts. Her clinical expertise is particularly around working with individuals who have motor movement disorders, including cerebral palsy. In addition to these clinical perspectives, Hazel has developed a portfolio of research around evidence-based practice across all the Allied Health Professions.

Mike Bryant

Martin Troedel

Learning outcome & aims

This 30 credit masters level module is suitable for AHPs already working in FCP roles in primary care or those planning to move into these roles. It has been designed with stakeholder and clinicians and is supported by Health Education England. It is a new module, the first of its kind in England. There will be an in depth evaluation to ensure the course meets the needs of all involved so there will be opportunity to feedback and shape the development of the course. The course will be delivered in  5 taught days  and 10 days clinical practice. You are required to identify a medical practitioner (GP or reg/ Cos) who will act as  your Clinical Mentor (CM) to support, develop and assess your clinical based learning. You will need to spend a minimum of 5 days (8-10 sessions) with your CM.

Taught sessions will include some lectures, workshops and discussions sessions covering topics including

  • Primary care and how it works
  • Clinical skills training,  differential diagnosis and the unwell patient,
  • Leadership, development, reflection and PDP planning,
  • Red flags, risk management and learning from critical events,
  • Mental health, Public health, wider determinants of health and social prescribing/ long term condition management
  • Measuring value, outcomes and impact  in primary care alongside the national agenda and frameworks.

It is anticipated that clinicians will already have clinical expertise in their area and will come from a range of backgrounds. This multi-professional nature will support interdisciplinary working and critical reflection and debate which are core skills for these roles and when working at level 7.This module aims to provide a governance framework for those working in FCP roles.


“I found the course such an eye-opener to world of FCP in primary care and it has improved my clinical knowledge and skills beyond the remits of just physiotherapy. I feel Physiotherapists and other AHP should seriously consider enrolling onto this course before working as a FCP.” - Nick Varns, Physiotherapist, First Contact Practitioner and Director, Pro-Physio Health Ltd.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Email: SFFTeam@uclan.ac.uk
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

How to Apply

For further information please contact healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk Or call 01772 893836/39

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