Fast-track graduate scheme offers roles throughout England with UK-leading community healthcare provider

Connect Health’s one-of-a-kind scheme plays an essential role in upskilling the nation’s MSK workforce.

16 February 2023

Entering its thirteenth year and boasting hundreds of successful appointments to date, leading community services healthcare provider, Connect Health, is now welcoming ambitious physiotherapy, sports therapy and osteopathy graduates onto its 2023 graduate development programme.

Ideal for those looking to propel their clinical careers, up to thirty graduate MSK (musculoskeletal) clinician positions are available on the highly coveted scheme. Recruits on the programme benefit from first-class, work-based training with a senior clinical mentor from day one and protected continuous professional development (CPD) time.

Split between self-directed learning via Connect Health’s learning division, known as the Academy, and monthly face-to-face study days with a member of the Academy faculty team, including clinical practitioners and clinical team leads, the progressive coaching is centred around Connect Health’s ethos, which is committed to exemplary patient outcomes.

With a 90% pass rate, those who complete the scheme are promoted to senior MSK clinician within 18 months. Roles are available at locations spanning England, with a concentration of openings in the south, in Hertfordshire, Essex and London.

Steve Nawoor, National Clinical Lead at Connect Health, explains:

Our one-of-a-kind graduate scheme proves immensely popular every year, thanks to our fast-track promotions to senior clinician level, the clinical quality of the programme, impressive remuneration package and Connect Health’s standing as an industry leader in MSK.

Graduate schemes like this are so important, not only for us to bring fresh talent into the business, but to support the MSK healthcare landscape – particularly with the ongoing deficit of skilled clinicians in the UK and in light of studies revealing a surge in musculoskeletal disorders1 nationwide.


Joana Rodrigues, a senior MSK clinician at Connect Health, completed the graduate development programme and was promoted before the course finished, in September 2021. The 25-year-old, who is originally from Portugal but currently lives in Nottingham, now works in the Lincolnshire Pain Services team.

She explains:

The opportunity to continue to learn and develop my skills whilst working independently was what most attracted me to the programme. Having extra CPD time and training, provided by Connect Health, while having my own patients and earning money at the same time was really appealing. A cross between learning, while working, is ideal for a new graduate.


Joana’s day-to-day duties include managing patient assessment reviews and facilitating pain management programmes, and she recently supported the launch of a new pain service in Oxfordshire.

Connect Health is now seeking applications from motivated and inquisitive graduates, like Joana, who have a passion for delivering patient-centred care and who want to make a positive impact to people’s lives. The 18-month structured scheme comprises the first four months on the graduate development programme, followed by the accelerated development programme.

Steve Nawoor continues:

We have an unwavering commitment to delivering the best outcomes for patients, whilst offering our teams ongoing support and development, so it’s an exciting time to join Connect Health. With our forward-thinking clinical philosophy, we’re pioneering MSK initiatives that are key to NHS England’s Best MSK and NHS Plan programmes.


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1. Nuffield Health’s Healthier Nation Index showed over a third of adults had taken time off work due to neck or back pain, with over two-thirds of remote workers also reporting aches and pains.