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Birmingham City FC

Birmingham City FC

Senior Academy Physiotherapist


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Posting Date

Dec 16, 2022

Role description


The Senior Academy Physiotherapist will work closely and collaboratively with the First Team medical department and Chief Medical Officer to ensure a joined-up approach to the medical provision.
To support the Head of Sports Science and Medicine in leading the physiotherapy provision across the Academy programme, aiding the CPD of junior members of staff.
Communicate and promote the Academy culture creating an elite environment for the development of young players.
Have consistently high standards.
Communicate and engage with staff/players/parents/guardians where appropriate.
Attend all club and departmental 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 Safeguarding Services Manager.
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.


To ensure that medical notes are confidential as well as completed and uploaded to the PMA system within 24 hours.
​Oversee assessment and management of injuries and illnesses to the academy, including relevant referral to internal and external health professionals.
Accurate recording of all injuries on the PMA system.
Maintain a comprehensive database of work conducted with athletes and coaches on the PMA and One Drive. To include current medical status, medical notes, rehabilitation and prehabilitation programmes, medical/orthopaedic/movement screen results, individual physical targets and session content and attendance.
​Management, design and implementation (in liaison with Head of performance) of the medical, orthopaedic and movement screening programmes for Academy players.
Coordinate the collation, analysis 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)
Manage and dissemination of individual injury minimisation programmes.
Liaison with the Academy recruitment staff concerning appropriate medical information and consents for all Academy trialists.
Conduct appropriate screening of trialists to assist with recruitment.
Oversee and manage of medical cover for training and match day fixtures for all the academy.
Contribution to the player performance reviews within the PMA.
Work effectively with other support staff and services, including doctors/sport science services, to provide an integrated approach to performance enhancement.
Attendance at all team meetings and active inclusion in discussions.
Design and implementation (in liaison with Head of Performance) of an Emergency Action Plan for each site that training/matches occur (where we are the “home” team).
Identify areas for development and work closely with the Academy Management Team, Sports Science & Medical Team & Multi-Disciplinary Teams to ensure necessary performance standards are met and developed.


Lead on the management of injuries for PDP players, in liaison with the Head of Academy Sports Science & Medicine, and 1stteam physiotherapists.
Contribute to and monitor the management of the injuries to all academy players, where necessary.
Ensure the provision of medical cover for training and match day fixtures for our PDP squads.
Assist the Head of Academy Performance with the recruitment of physiotherapy work placement students and full-time, part-time physiotherapists.


Observation of the Academy Physiotherapists, Sports Therapists and Work Placements, working in the U9-U18 age groups, to provide guidance and support.
Delivery of at least one internal professional development event for all staff including the medical department, one for the part time medical staff and one for the multidisciplinary team.
Attend all club and departmental CPD events.



Essential Requirements

BSc in Physiotherapy.
Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
HCPC registered Physiotherapistor equivalent.
FA Advanced Trauma and Medical Management in Football (ATMMiF).
FA Child Welfare qualification. Current DBS clearance.

Desirable Requirements​

MSc in Sports Medicine/working towards.
Certificate in strapping & taping.


Essential Requirements

Understanding of the Elite Player Performance Plan and the PMA application.
Demonstrates desire to work within an elite football academy environment.
Forward thinking mindset to developing the department and programme.
Experience managing paediatric MSK injuries.
Experience in leadership.

Knowledge and Skills

Essential Requirements​

A minimum of 2-3 years post BSc qualification experience
Experience of working with adolescents within a sporting environment
Good understanding of paediatric injuries and management
Good clinical reasoning
Good in working well in a multidisciplinary team in the delivery of medical services
Good range of treatment and rehabilitation skills
Experience of using data & medical management systems to ensure the secure and efficient storage of data & confidential information
Experience of working in pressurised situations and to deadlines
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent written and IT skills

Personal Requirements

Uses initiative
Good communicator
Ability to adapt and change at short notice

Special Conditions

Flexibility with working hours required to meet demands of the role.
Under the Disclosure and Barring Service and in accordance with the Club’s own rules regarding Safeguarding the post-holder will be required to meet minimum criteria regarding Safeguarding and a Disclosure and Barring Check will be required in this post. Exceptions Order to Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 applies.

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.

Birmingham City Football Club 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.

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