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Vacancy for academy physiotherapist

14 January 2019

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There is a full-time vacancy for a physiotherapist to work in the club's academy.


Job Title: Academy Physiotherapist

Hours of Work: 37.5 hours

Department: Academy

Location: Chesterfield FC

Responsible to: Academy Manager

Responsible for: Provision of Sports Science throughout the academy

Role Summary

To provide a high level of physiotherapy services for the Under 9 to Under 18 football players at Chesterfield Football Club. The successful candidate will be responsible for the delivery of physiotherapy to our U9-18 year old players. The candidate will be expected to be pitch side and cover training sessions on at least three evenings and arrange adequate qualified personal cover each week and to also work on Saturday (Youth Alliance fixture) and Sunday morning Game Programme, providing medical support for training and games as appropriate. The candidate will also be expected to upload medical information to the Performance Management Application (PMA) on a daily basis.

The suitable applicant must be HCPC registered and able to provide HCPC registration number.

Key Responsibilities

1. Main Duties

  • All aspects of the role should be bound by professional confidentially.
  • To maintain a professional manner at all times whilst representing the club.
  • To maintain appropriate liaison with necessary staff. Accountable for day to day communication with PDP coach and reporting.
  • Liaise with Sports Science on regular basis regarding fitness testing and strength and conditioning sessions.
  • Alongside the medical and sports science department, plan and provide injury prevention programmes for all academy players.
  • To assess with the with club doctor/head physiotherapist/development physiotherapist on all players regarding fitness and injury status. This may involve assessment/discussion with players and their family doctors.
  • Provide and use the appropriate medical equipment as necessary.
  • Provide the appropriate range and quantity of treatments utilising current literature.
  • Provide medical support and input to the players, and where appropriate staff and officials of the club.
  • Work with the medical department to assess players re fitness and injury status and decide on players fitness to train and play.
  • Plan treatment programmes, in conjunction with the other physiotherapist(s), for injured players and advice the suitable member of coaching staff for player’s availability to train and play.
  • Co-ordinate/provide medical education to the players in terms of nutrition, injuries and doping matters.
  • Arrange and undertake appropriate medical examinations for players. This should include pre-signing medicals (with appropriate liaison with additional staff) annual checks and additional investigations.
  • Organise and conduct further investigations and consultant appointments where needed.
  • Inform medical insurance when additional medical investigations are required.
  • Provide competent pitch-side first aid to all players at the club where necessary.
  • To write programmes for individual players for post and pre injury.

 2. Player Development and Progression

  • To monitor and record each player movement ability on a six-weekly basis, then to programme accordingly, depending on results.
  • To compile performance reviews, in line with the requirements of the EPPP, and deliver feedback to players and parents both formally in meetings, and informally as required.
  • To compile a formal report of conclusions and actions following the performance review meetings and ensure that these are recorded on the Club’s Performance Management System. 
  • To liaise on a daily basis with the all relevant academy staff on any outstanding issues.

3. Person Specification

  • The suitable applicant must be HCPC registered and able to provide HCPC registration number. In addition, the applicant must have completed a BSc physiotherapy degree, (Hons) Physiotherapy or higher degree.
  • Membership of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
  • Appropriate First Aid course (FA AREA course/IFAS).
  • Appropriate child protection/disclosure certification.
  • UK Full Driving Licence.
  • The role will involve working weekdays, weekends and some evenings as required and the successful candidate will be passionate about working for Chesterfield FC.

4. Other responsibilities

  • To be aware of the EPPP rules and requirements relating to the academy.
  • Maintenance on contemporary, legible and appropriate medical records, audits, registers and their confidential storage, using the PMA where needed.
  • To attend staff meetings as required.
  • To attend games as required.
  • To be aware of current trends and best practice in Youth Development.
  • To continually look for ways to develop and improve our coaching programme in the academy.
  • To attend academy management team meetings as required and give feedback or information on all aspects of Sports Science in line with the club's Academy Performance Plan.

5. Salary

  • Based on experience and will be discussed during the interview process.

Applying for the Role

Applications in writing, with a covering letter and/or document which specifically outlines your suitability for the role, along with a CV detailing your skills and experience.

Please provide the names of two industry referees.

Send your covering letter and CV to academy manager John Pemberton with your e-mail clearly titled:

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, February 1, 2019.

Chesterfield Football Club is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to endorse this commitment. This post requires Enhanced Criminal Records Checks and may include checks against the Barred Lists, as such it is exempt from Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Therefore, all convictions including spent convictions that have not been subject to filtering by a CRC should be declared. Relevant information and / or documents will be distributed as part of the recruitment process.
Chesterfield Football Club is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment and its employment policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity.

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