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Nottingham Forest FC

Nottingham Forest FC

Academy U7 to U16 Physiotherapist


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Oct 22, 2023


Salary: Competitive please state your expectations on applicationHours: Full Time, 42 hours per week with responsibilities at evenings and weekends during fixtures and training.Location: The Nigel Doughty Academy, Nottingham, NG2 and The City Ground, Nottingham, NG2 5FJ with travel to Various Fixture Venues.
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic and hardworking Academy U7 to U16 Physiotherapist to join our business and perform a key role within Nottingham Forest Football Club.
Within the role of the Academy U7 to U16 Physiotherapist, you will be required to assist in the medical management, co-ordination and supervision of the U7’s-16’s players alongside the Head of Academy Medical and U7 to U16 Therapist, including all aspects of medical screening, injury assessment, diagnosis, management and prevention strategies in line with evidence-based practice. To assist the Head of Academy Medical and U7 to U16 Therapist in the day-to-day running of the medical department, working as a mentor for the part-time staff. In addition to clinical responsibilities, there is a requirement to assist the effective planning and organisation of training, rehabilitation and matchday cover for all U7’s-16’s events.
This is a great opportunity to join NFFC at an exciting time and be part of a successful Club that is passionate about its people.
Employee benefits: Opportunity to access tickets for events at The City Ground. Employee Assistance Programme. Access to high street and gym discounts. Discount within our Club shop. Free on-site parking.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities: To deliver on the treatment and management of injuries sustained to all players in the U7’s to U16 age groups. Work closely with the performance staff to co-ordinate and deliver evidence and performance-based rehabilitation programmes. To assist in the co-ordination of the physiotherapy services for the U7’s-16’s age groups. To standardise the management of injuries by assisting in the development and structure of injury rehabilitation protocols and philosophy. To monitor the effectiveness of injury management principles through clinical injury audits and training availability. To ensure effective, appropriate and thorough communication of injury updates are provided to the player, coaching staff and other relevant staff members. To assist the Head of Academy Medical in the provision of physiotherapy services across all age group and to oversee the use of part time physiotherapists and sports therapists in their provision of medical care to all players in the Academy. To provide musculoskeletal screening / profiling for all Academy players and integrate this with the club medical records. To lead the musculoskeletal screening / profiling for all U9’s to U16’s players and assist with the process for all Academy players and integrate this with the club medical records. To work alongside the performance staff in order to deliver individualised effective injury prevention strategies in both individual and group sessions. To liaise effectively with the Academy coaching staff on a daily basis in order to keep them informed of players’ availability for Academy matches and training. To work alongside the performance staff in order to deliver first class recovery and injury prevention strategies to all players both immediately after games and on recovery days. To ensure all players are educated on the importance of recovery, health and athletic development. To assist with pre-signing medical assessments of all Academy players and trialists as required including the writing of formalised pre-signing medical reports. To assist the Head of Academy Medical in escalating clinical cases for imaging and/or consultant referrals. To accompany players to medical consultations at short notice either in this country or abroad. Ensuring best practice is followed at all times and ensuring the player receives optimal care and advice, providing clinical handovers pre and post appointment. To assist the Academy Doctor and Academy Head of Medical in coordinating the cardiac screening for the U15’s squad in line with FA regulations. To assist co-ordination and provide emergency match day cover for all U7’s to U16’s academy games and assist other age groups when needed. To assist in the organisation and implementation of the medical provision for all training for the U7’s-16’s squad as required. To ensure all medical equipment and procedures are regularly reviewed and maintained at the training ground and at all training and match venues under the guidance of the Academy Head of Medical. To take an active role in all medical meetings, MDT meetings and other planning meetings. To take a mentoring role within the department, working as a mentor for part-time medical staff and being pro-active with assisting CPD for the part time medical staff. To assist with the the rota for medical provision for part time medical staff and rostering via the club’s HR system to ensure accurate payment is made. To assist in the production of an injury audit on a monthly and annual basis for the Academy and feedback to provide accountability for the department and actively seek to follow best practice. To assist with delivery and organisation of in-service training sessions in conjunction with the Academy Head of Medical. To take responsibility for continued professional development to ensure regular attendance of appropriate courses, conferences and keep an up-to-date file is maintained of CPD achievements, feeding back any relevant learning points to the department. To produce reports of injured development player’s, ensuring all medical notes are up to date within 24 hours of treatment and in line with CSP core standards. To ensure all medical documents are maintained in line with information governance principles. Keep up to date with knowledge of current legislation and policies, communicating key changes to staff as appropriate. All staff are responsible for the wellbeing and safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults on all Club sites. If you have a concern or witness a Safeguarding matter, you must report it to the department’s Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) or the Club’s Lead DSO or Senior Safeguarding Manager. If It’s an emergency, you are to call the relevant emergency service such as Police or CAMHS. Liaise with the Senior Safeguarding Manager for all necessary safeguarding concerns and ensure that we meet all the legal requirements of players under the age of 18. Work closely with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure holistic development and that players personal development and wellbeing is at the centre of player support. Working with the Head of Academy Recruitment to maintain the induction and monitoring process to support players on trial with the academy. Contribute and be an active member of the Academy Management Team. Attend where appropriate tours and trips, leading on all medical matters pre, during and post trips. Supporting the Education and Welfare Officer and Senior Safeguarding Manager with safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in our care across the player pathway. To maintain player information confidentiality and professional distance from all playing staff acting within professional codes of conduct and scope of practice at all times. To act, at all times, in a manner appropriate to a representative of Nottingham Forest FC. The welfare of young people and adults at risk is paramount within our Club and the safeguarding of all children, adults, staff, and visitors is everyone’s responsibility. All staff have a responsibility to act on a suspicion or disclosure that may suggest a young person or adult is at risk of harm. All staff are expected to familiarise themselves with the Club’s HR and Safeguarding policies and procedures including the Safeguarding team and how to report a concern.
Skills, Knowledge, and Experience:Essential: BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy or higher degree Member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (MCSP) Trauma Management Qualification (ATMMIF or equivalent). FA Safeguarding Children FA CRB Enhanced Disclosure Previous experience in a Sports Medical Position Excellent Clinical Reasoning and manual therapy skills Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills Excellent range of clinical treatment skills with an emphasis on rehabilitation Excellence in the understanding and delivery of rehabilitation medicine from plinth to pitch Set and maintain high standards of work performance and deliver quality consistently and effectively A good understanding of the principles of human performance and how they relate to clinical sports medicine A learning pathway showing the development of a strong evolving clinical paradigm in the field of Physiotherapy (Minimum of 36 hours CPD annually to maintain professional registration) Good knowledge of injury screening, diagnostics, manual therapy, injury prevention and recovery strategies Ability to lead group sessions and deliver gym and pitch based programmes to groups and individuals
Desirable : MSc Sports Medicine Degree Experience of working within a Multi-Disciplinary Team within a Sports Medicine environment Knowledge of LTAD frameworks Experience of working in Academy football Knowledge of the EPPP requirements Management skills to manage a multidisciplinary group of practitioners within the Academy Sports Science and Medicine departments Competent in the use of IT software such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint and PMA/Football Intelligence Platform.

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