First Team Physiotherapist

First Team Physiotherapist

Website Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

– Salary: “Dependent Upon Experience”

– Hours: 37.5 hours per week

– Closing Date: 17/06/2019

– Job Role : First Team Physiotherapist

We are Wolves. Progressive, determined, bright, unified and humble. A pack that is hungry for success. Wolves is one of the fastest growing professional football clubs in the UK, and also boasts one of the richest histories in the beautiful game.
Formed in 1877, Wolves was a founder member of the Football League, and was one of the country’s most successful sides in the fifties and sixties. During a two decade spell the Black Country’s most decorated side won three First Division titles and one of its four FA Cups.
Fast forward to 2019, where an incredible two seasons at Molineux has seen Wolves clinch the Sky Bet Championship trophy with 99 points, followed by a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, which included memorable wins over Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal.
But at Wolves it is all about what we will do, not what we have done. We don’t simply look to the future, we seize it.
We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and to ensuring that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment.
Job purpose
Deliver first class therapy services to all players in the first team, striving to return players from injury in the most efficient timeframe possible.
Key Responsibilities
• Deliver first class therapy services to all players in the first team, striving to return players from injury in the most efficient timeframe possible.
• Work alongside the rest of the medical team to strive for best-practice in all aspects of our provision.
• Implement evidence-based practice and utilise advanced clinical reasoning skills during the rehabilitation process.
• Demonstrate effective communication with all multi-disciplinary team members in order to ensure clarity surrounding the management of all injured players.

• Produce an injury management plan for injured players under your care. This will demonstrate the likely evolution of the injury and take account of realistic milestones in the recovery pathway.
• Produce a daily treatment plan for players under your care, this will be aligned with the injury management plan and take account of appropriate functional markers in order to demonstrate progress.
• To communicate clearly and effectively with the Head of Medical Services and Club Doctor in relation to the status and progress of injured players under your care.
• To accurately and comprehensively complete medical notes within 24 hours of any treatment on the Player Management Application (PMA).

• Liaise with the Head of Medical Services and sports science team on a daily basis in order to have input into decisions relating to individual player availability and readiness to train.
• Work alongside the sport science team to influence the players’ pre-activation and injury prevention routines.
• Work with players on a daily basis prior to training in order assess their functional status and implement any corrective strategies prior to training.
• Alongside the Sport Science and Fitness team, contribute to individualised injury prevention programmes focused on addressing relevant injury risk factors as identified following both screening and analysis of previous injury history.
• Work alongside the rest of medical and sport science team to analyse injury patterns and adjust preventative programmes accordingly in order to mitigate the risk of injury.
• Lead on the delivery of Tensiomyography (TMG) assessment for all 1st team players
• To travel with the team and be available to provide therapy treatments to players both on the evening before and the day of the match as required.
• To attend all home matches and be present at hotel as required according to needs of the team.
• To rehabilitate / treat players at the training ground on the morning of 1st team home matches as required.
• To be available at short notice on the day following matches to assess and treat players as required.
• Play an active role within the pre-signing medical of players as required by the Head of Medical Services.
• Accompany players to medical consultations at short notice (either in this country or abroad), ensuring the player receives optimal care and advice at all times.
• Work towards designated SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timed) targets for personal development and departmental progression in collaboration with Head of Medical Services.

Keep a Personal Development Plan (PDP) which highlights areas for development and allows us to afford you the time and resources to work towards these objectives wherever possible.
• To meet with Head of Medical Services on 6 weekly basis to discuss and review SMART Targets.
• Undertake the required training in line with the FAPL rules for ATMMIF training (this will be funded by the club).
• Take responsibility for your own continued professional development, ensuring that you attend regular courses/conferences and keeping an up to date portfolio of achievements. Appropriate funding will be available for courses / conferences – this is to be assessed on a case-by-case basis
and will be linked to your Personal Development Plan / SMART Targets.
• Strive to advance working practices both within the Medical Department, and in the wider sports physiotherapy setting by promoting and performing clinical research.
• To take a lead role in organising CPD for staff- arranging; emergency aid training, in-house speakers, Journal Club, socials etc on a bi-monthly basis.
• You may at times be required to carry out additional tasks / reasonable duties not outlined in this job description.

General responsibilities
• Compliance with Club policies
• Compliance with the Club’s health and safety procedures
• Compliance with the Club’s safeguarding policies
• To promote the Club’s values
• To work consistently to embed equality & diversity into the Club
• To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected
• To maintain professional conduct at all times
• This role involves working with children and/or vulnerable adults in a Regulated Activity (or in closed proximity to children and/or vulnerable adults). This means that the post-holder is required to apply all relevant policies and uphold the Club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people.
Key relationships
• Head of medical department
• Head coach

Scope of job
• Deliver first class therapy services to all players in the first team, striving to return players from injury in the most efficient timeframe possible.

Knowledge: the level and breadth of knowledge to do the job e.g. understanding of a defined system, method or procedure, legal or regulatory frameworks etc
• Knowledge of Physiotherapy
• Knowledge of injury management in elite sports
• Knowledge of advanced pitch side first aid

Technical/work-based skills: skills specific to the job e.g. language competence, typing skills, coaching skills
• Ability to communicate fluently (in English), demonstrating advanced communication skills
• Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills whilst working in pressurised situations
• Highly motivated individual that demonstrates a pro-active attitude towards service development and demonstrates a passion for working as part of an MDT in professional sport
• Personal integrity and the ability to invoke trust and respect from others
• Open minded individual with a view of adopting new practices
• Advanced personal commitment to continuous professional development
• Excellent time keeping and organisational skills

General skills and attributes: more general characteristics e.g. flexibility, communication skills, team working
• Ability to prioritise own workload and that of colleagues
• A positive attitude to information technology
• Understanding of how to work safely with children and/or vulnerable adults and uphold generally accepted practice when working with those participants
• Promote, adhere to and implement the Club’s Equality Policy and to work consistently to embed equality and diversity within Club

Experience: proven record of experience in a particular field, profession or specialism.
• Significant experience in the provision of physiotherapy to elite athletes
• Evidence of developing, implementing and evaluating physiotherapy programmes for elite footballers
• Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team in a professional sporting environment
• An understanding of working in the football environment with previous experience of working as a physiotherapist in an elite sport setting
• Experience of developing and implementing innovative ideas and putting them into practice
• Experience of clinically assessing, diagnosing and rehabilitating a wide range of neuromuscular and orthopaedic conditions in elite athletes
• Experience of modifying training and rehabilitation programmes in order to address an individual’s needs, demonstrating advanced clinical reasoning skills
• Experience of implementing profiling and screening methods for elite athletes
• Experience of utilising injury prevention strategies in a professional sporting environment

• Experience of using the PMA system
• Working with children and/or vulnerable adults

Qualifications: the level of educational, professional and/or occupational training required
• BSc in Physiotherapy
• Significant membership to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
• Advanced pitch side first aid qualification
• FA ATMMiF trained
• Full UK driving license and car
• Post-holder will be subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level and cleared by the Wolves Safeguarding Manager
• MSc (completed or working towards)

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