Nottingham Forest FC

Nottingham Forest FC

Head of Academy Medicine

Country

Role Type

England

Academy

Posting Date

Oct 17, 2022

Role description

Salary: Competitive – please state your expectations on application
Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week, over 7 days, including Academy match days.
Location: The City Ground, Nottingham, NG2
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic, meticulous, hardworking and determined Head of Academy
Medicine to join our business and perform a key role within our prestigious Academy at Nottingham Forest Football Club.
The role will contribute to the success and achievement of the Academy, striving for excellence and optimal service provision
within the medical department. This will require management, coordination and supervision of all medical services provision for
Academy players’ from our Pre Academy age groups through to our professional Development Phase age groups, whilst
managing a pool of full and part-time medical staff to create a consistent and elite philosophy of evidence-based injury
management principles.
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.
Benefits of joining us
• 22 days annual leave
• Staff tickets to our home games
• Store discount
• Company sick pay
• Great team environment
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
• To lead the provision of medical services across the Academy through high professional standards of clinical
Physiotherapy practice within the Medical Department, ensuring effective management of all players.
• To be the lead physiotherapist for any of our age groups as and when the programme dictates at both training and
fixtures.
• To lead the development of evidence-based protocols for all areas of Physiotherapy within the Academy. There is an
expectation to use all available resources including the latest research and collaboration with clinical specialists.
• To standardise the management of injuries by leading in the development and structure of injury rehabilitation
guidelines.
• To lead and contribute fully within the Academy CPD program of the department, through both participation and delivery
of material and inciting engagement in the internal emergency aid training program.
• To actively be involved in an interdisciplinary approach of working within the department that includes close links to all
areas of the Club and first team where appropriate.
• To maintain all legal and professional qualifications in relation to the position within the Club.
• To create relationships with players, their parents and coaches to support injury rehabilitation needs as well as being the
point of contact for parents when a player suffers an injury.
• To lead in the maintenance and security of the medical records for Academy players.
• To lead and direct as required the full and part time Academy medical staff in the organisation, completion and security
of all medical insurance documentation and screening (cardiac, orthopaedic, osteopathic and podiatry) related to all
Academy players.
• To observe, monitor and react to the ever-evolving world of sports medicine, keeping up to date with all current research
developments and changes in professional regulations. Study leave will be considered on a case by case basis to help
achieve this requirement as long as not to the detriment of the overall service.
• To ensure the latest clinical, scientific and technical innovations to practice are incorporated into maintaining the highest
level of care.
• As part of the Sports Medicine Department to co-ordinate physio cover for both training sessions and Academy matches
and be present as well as assist where needed.
• To maintain detailed records for all activities in the department in accordance with relevant legislation, policies and
procedures and maintain medical confidentiality within the scope of practice at all times.
• To lead in the implementation of the department injury prevention protocols through assessment, analysis, delivery and
auditing of collected data in line with KPIs.
• To fulfil the role of a Chartered Physiotherapist in the assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of all injuries and lead part
time members of the department in their own professional development.
• To lead and coordinate the pre-signing medical assessments of all Academy players as required.
• To organise clinical referrals and accompany players to medical consultations ensuring best practice is followed at all
times and ensuring the players receive optimal care and advice at all times.
• To help organise and deliver medical/health education program for training of Academy staff and players, ensuring
excellent communication pathways with all management and coaching staff regarding player availability and optimal
training strategies for all players.
• To work in conjunction with the Assistant Academy Manager and other department leads to ensure all requirements of
the EPPP and Audit process that are relevant to this role are carried out at the appropriate time.
• To ensure all medical equipment and procedures are regularly reviewed and maintained at the training ground and at all
additional training venues, including the production and maintenance of our emergency action plans.
• 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 layers 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 paying 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.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Essential:
• BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy or higher degree
• MSc Sports Medicine 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 Medicine Position
• Knowledge of LTAD frameworks
• 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
• Management skills to manage a multidisciplinary group of practitioners within the Academy Sports Science and
Medicine departments
• 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 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:
• Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team within a Sports Medicine environment
• Experience of working in Academy football
• Knowledge of the EPPP requirements
• Competent in the use of IT software such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint and PMA
If you are excited at the thought of joining our amazing team at Nottingham Forest, our application process is via our Application
and Diversity forms which can be found on our website and emailed to jobs@nottinghamforest.co.uk. Along with a copy of your
CV.
Due to the high volume of applications we receive daily, please state your name and the job role in the email subject bar on
application as follows: NAME – JOB ROLE – APPLICATION
• Closing Date: 31st October 2022
• Interviews to be carried out w/c 7
th November 2022
Nottingham Forest Football Club is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified
persons, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital / civil partnership status, pregnancy / maternity
leave, race, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristic.

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