Top Up Day


Course length: 1 day
Delivery method: Via Zoom

This is a one-day virtual ‘top-up’ and FCP CPD course, specifically designed for those practicing in first contact roles as well as those who have successfully completed the SOMM Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine, and who wish to present evidence, alongside e-learning certificates, of completion of the stage 1 level 7 ‘taught route’ requirement of the FCP MSK roadmap (HEE, 2020). The course is also open to all physiotherapists and is particularly useful and relevant for those delegates applying for/ currently in a role that involves first contact practice in primary care. The course is fully mapped against the requirements of stage 1 FCP MSK roadmap therefore completion would provide excellent portfolio evidence for those working towards accreditation as an FCP.

SOMM has cross referenced each element of the Diploma course to the requirements of the stage 1 FCP MSK roadmap. During this exercise, we have identified some additional domains, and produced this exciting one day top-up course for our Diploma graduates. It is also an excellent stand-alone one day CPD course for those thinking about working in or currently practicing in primary care roles.

Next course date: Friday 20th October 2023 (Virtual) £150 cost; available to book 40 places.

Course material
Delegates will be provided with pre-course reading material, and access to the course handout. Evidence of cross referencing of each element of the Diploma course to the requirements of the stage 1 FCP MSK roadmap will be available for delegates and also available on the FCP MSK roadmap designated area of the HEE website.

SOMM Module Coordinator Emily Goodlad explains the difference between SOMM’s Membership exam and the SOMM Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine and outlines what you need to be able to step onto the Top Up Day to be able to achieve Stage 1 of the FCP MSK Roadmap.


Course Requirements:
– Read the entry requirements & complete the application form – both can be downloaded below.
– Provide a copy of your SOMM Diploma in Musculoskeletal (or Orthopaedic) Medicine.

Please send these via email to upon booking your course online.

What you will learn?

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this top up day delegates will be able:

  1. To supplement the core capabilities of the role of FCP and be able to deliver safe and high-quality primary care.
  2. To understand the knowledge, core skills, competencies, and attributes for the role of FCP, which requires critical thinking, complex clinical reasoning skills and critical reflection skills.
  3. To develop their abilities in assessment and management of patients, including onward referrals, risk management and the context of wider health determinants.
  4. To develop their clinical reasoning to plan, implement and critically evaluate a stepped approach to management, including a range of therapeutic interventions and health promotions.

How is it taught/assessed?


A mixture of pre-course reading, taught lectures, a variety of interactive activities such as quizzes, case-based discussions, small group discussions, patient stories, and submission of a reflective log assessed at QAA (2014)  MSc level 7 following the course.


On completion of the one day course, delegates will be required to submit a reflective log (up to 400 words) to critically evaluate how one of the following themes has impacted on their practice, and to demonstrate a high level of clinical reasoning and critical thinking.

The HEE FCP/AP portfolio reflection template will be used. Delegates can choose one of the following 4 themes:

  • Communication and consultation skills
  • Impact of lifestyle factors on MSK health
  • Co-Morbidities and Health promotion
  • Pain and biopsychosocial assessment

The reflective log should be submitted within 4 weeks following completion of the top-up day. It will be assessed by SOMM tutors (pass/fail). Result will be available within 2 weeks following submission. Should delegates successfully pass their reflective log, course certificates will be issued.

Guidelines for the portfolio reflective essay and developmental plan can be found here:

Guidelines PDF


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