Reading FC

Reading FC

Women First Team Lead Physio


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Posting Date

Apr 22, 2022

Role description

We are looking to hire a First Team Lead Physio for Reading FC Women.

Job purpose
To lead and deliver highly specialist evidence-based physiotherapy provision to all Reading FC Women 1st Team players.
To lead and deliver individualised athlete management and rehabilitation programmes and targeted injury risk management strategies to enhance performance in collaboration with the sports science and strength and conditioning team, coaches, and players.


To lead the provision of physiotherapy/medical services to all players within the Women’s 1st team squad, alongside the Women’s 1st Team Physiotherapist, Women’s Doctor and Sport Science and Strength and Conditioning staff to deliver recovery and injury prevention strategies regularly.
To line manage another practitioner within the physiotherapy team.
To attend all training sessions, rehabilitation sessions and matches for the first team.
To lead the delivery of high-level injury prevention, injury rehabilitation and pitch side first aid/emergency care including the systems and infrastructure required to ensure that these processes are supported, documented and reviewed appropriately.
To ensure all medical equipment and procedures are regularly reviewed and maintained at the appointed venue.
To maintain up-to-date, thorough, accurate and confidentially safe medical records.
To lead aspects of clinical governance and auditing with assistance from the Women’s Doctor.
To contribute to the collection and evaluation of readiness to return to training and play measures.
To liaise effectively with the coaching staff on a daily basis to keep them informed of players’ availability for matches and training.
To assess all players’ fitness and injury status with the Women’s Doctor. This may involve assessment / discussion with players and other professionals who may have been involved in their care.
To provide evidence-based treatment and develop football-specific rehabilitation programs aimed at safe and full recovery.
To accompany players to medical consultations, possibly at short notice, ensuring the player receives optimal care and advice at all times.
To coordinate all aspects of medical screening, assessment, treatment and management of football specific rehabilitation of female players.
To promote fair play and adherence to UK Anti-Doping rules to all Reading FC Women players and staff.
To maintain accredited Emergency First Aid course (e.g ATMMiF)
To evaluate current practice on a regular basis
To ensure all aspects of the role are bound by professional confidentiality
To comply with Professional Codes of Conduct, standards, and guidelines.
To adhere to a strict code of confidentiality in respect of any information relating to Reading Football Club and its operation.
To be always presentable when working and demonstrate that you can represent the face of the club in the manner expected.
To maintain Reading Football Club’s Safeguarding, Health, Safety and Equal Opportunity procedures and practice.
To act in a manner that always supports the Club Vision and Values Owner RFC HR Dept Form version 6/21
There is an expectation that you will undertake adhoc work on an exceptional basis or provide relevant cover for other team tasks

Behaviours & Attitude

An understanding and commitment to equal opportunities in employment and sport.
Strong commitment to developing elite athletes.
Ability to work irregular and unsocial hors as required involving work outside normal office hours, at evenings, weekends and bank holidays.
To be a role model for all club values and ways of working – “walk the talk”
To exude a can-do attitude (best of Reading Football Club) To be flexibler and agile, always ready to adapt if things don’t go to plan
To be an ambassador for Reading Football Club
To act in a manner that supports the Club’s Vision & Values at all times

Key Performance Indicators

To respond to all enquires within Reading Football Club Charter guidelines.
To adhere to a strict code of confidentiality in respect of any information relating to Reading Football Club and its operation
To be presentable at all times when working and demonstrate that you can represent the face of the club in the manner expected
To maintain Reading Football Club’s Safeguarding (Child Protection), Health, Safety and Equal Opportunity procedures and practice

Application deadline: 12pm on Thursday 5 May 2022.

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