Head of Sports Science & Medicine

Job Title

Head of Sports Science & Medicine

Department

Academy

Reports to

Academy Manager – Football

Chief Medical Officer

Direct Academy Reports

Academy Physiotherapists | Academy Performance Coaches | Academy Sports Therapists | Academy Doctors | Academy Nutritionist

Hours of work

37.5 hours per week

Hours to suit the needs of the business

PURPOSE

Responsibility for managing and delivering the Sports Science and Medicine/Performance Support Programme for all Academy Players registered with the Club.

GENERAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Communicate and promote the Academy culture creating an elite environment for the development of young players.
  • Attend all professional development events.
  • Actively engage in a fully functioning competency framework and integrated appraisal process.
  • Monitor the wellbeing of Academy players at all times, liaising with the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Ensure compliance with all the Policies and Procedures contained within the Staff Handbook, paying particular regard to the Equal Opportunities Policy and Health & Safety Policy and procedures at all times.

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design, review and evaluation of the Sport Science and Medicine strategy and objectives included within the APP.
  • Work within the Academy Management Team, contributing effectively to the leadership and management of the whole Academy.
  • Responsibility for liaison with the Chief Medical Officer on all relevant issues.
  • To undertake the role of line manager for all full and part-time Academy medical staff.
  • Overall responsibility for the monitoring and recording of ISO audit criteria.
  • Management and tracking of all Medical & Sports Science expenditure as per finance processes.
  • Management of the evening and weekend physiotherapy clinic ensuring the correct level of provision is provided at all times for all Academy training sessions and fixtures.
  • To establish an appropriate medical screening programme for all Academy players in conjunction with the Academy Management Team and Chief Medical Officer.
  • Monitoring of the physical syllabus delivered across the development phases by technical staff.
  • Manage the recruitment of all Sport Science and Medical staff.
  • Lead on the management of injuries to U21 players. Contribute to and monitor the management of the injuries to the U9-18 players.
  • Management, design and implementation (in liaison with Club’s Head of Sport Science and Medicine) of the medical, orthopaedic and movement screening programmes for U9-U21 players.

PHYSIOTHERAPY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The delivery of individual and group strength and conditioning services to our Academy players.
  • Assessment and management of injuries and illnesses to all our Academy Players, including relevant referral to internal and external health professionals.
  • Maintain a comprehensive database of work conducted with athletes and coaches on the PMA and SharePoint. To include current medical status, medical notes, rehabilitation and prehabilitation programmes, medical/orthopaedic/movement screen results, individual physical targets and session content and attendance.
  • Collate, analyse and feedback relevant medical information to the appropriate Club staff for all Academy players. This is to include updates on injured players, rehabilitation programmes, return to train/play dates and injury audits (but must respect and abide by medical confidentiality laws).
  • The delivery of warm up and cool down elements within the match day and coaching programme in relation to the syllabus identified in the Sport Science and Medicine strategy.
  • Design and dissemination of individual injury prevention programmes.
  • Liaison with the Academy recruitment staff concerning appropriate medical information and consents for all Academy trialists.
  • Provision of medical cover for training and match day for U9-U21 fixtures.
  • Contribution to the player performance reviews within the PMA

STAFF DEVELOPMENT

  • Provide direction and support for Sports Science and Medical staff, to ensure program delivery is of a high standard both in terms of content and interventions.
  • Overall responsibility for the completion and management of appraisals within the ACF for Academy Sports Science & Medical team.
  • Overall responsibility for delivery of the departments’ CPD. Delivery of at least one internal professional development event for the Medical Department, one for the part time medical staff and one for the multidisciplinary team.
  • Identify areas for development and work closely with the Academy Management Team, Multi-Disciplinary Teams to ensure necessary performance standards are met and developed.

QUALIFICATIONS

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENT

 
  • A registered physiotherapist member of the Health and Care Professions Council; or
  • a registered medical practitioner licensed to practise by the General Medical Council, with a diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine or equivalent or higher qualification.
  • a current EFAiF or an equivalent or higher qualification approved by the League.
  • Valid Driving Licence.
  • Advanced Trauma Medical Management in Football (‘ATMMiF’).
 

EXPERIENCE

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENT

 
  • Recent and relevant professional experience in a sports performance environment.
  • Management experience.
 

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENT

 
  • Excellent computer literacy.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Highly organised.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Audit experience.
 

PERSONAL QUALITIES

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENT

 
  • Collaborative.
  • Knowledgeable.
  • Adaptable to change.
  • Uses initiative.
  • Emotional control.
  • Trustworthy.

 

Only applicants that meet the above criteria will be considered for the role. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are eligible to live and work in the UK.

This role is regarded as a ‘Regulated Activity’ and is therefore subject to an Enhanced DBS check, (previously a CRB check) which includes the barred list for working with children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the Community. We will consider applications solely based on merit regardless of gender, race, marital status, age, nationality, ethnic or national origins, disability, sexual orientation, political or religious belief, background, or family circumstance.

Birmingham City FC promotes a diverse and inclusive working environment, and we welcome applications from all individuals in society. If you have any particular requirements or need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment or interview process, please mention this in your application.

All candidates are required to complete our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment Survey using the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/ymR2zBpuNf. The survey will take approximately 1 minute to complete, is completely voluntary and you can respond with “prefer not to say” to any questions that you do not feel comfortable in answering. All responses will remain anonymous, and we will use the information collected to review our recruitment processes and ensure we continue to encourage a diverse and inclusive working environment to help us achieve our equality objectives.  

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