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Job listing closed on 8 Jun 2024
29 May 2024

Lead Doctor

🇬🇧 Brentford, UK
Full Time
10+ years exp.

Job Title: Lead Doctor

Department: Medical

Reporting: Director of Player Health

Location: Training Ground – Jersey Road

Salary: Competitive

Brentford FC is a bit different to other Premier League football clubs. We put our fans first, we are a true community club and while we are financially sustainable, we are not afraid to take calculated risks. We take huge pride in our environment and culture within the Club which focuses on development, inclusion and not being afraid to think differently.

Being progressive, humble and respectful while sticking together as one team across the Club guides how we work and the decisions we make each day.

We also firmly believe that a diverse workforce is a better workforce which will help us develop ideas, solve problems and ultimately grow Brentford FC.

We play in a brand-new stadium, 15 minutes from Heathrow in vibrant west London.

We will never forget where we have come from, but we are excited about the future that lies ahead.

Come join us.

Inclusion Statement

Brentford FC is an organisation which values and is passionate about diversity and inclusivity. We welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates, including those from underrepresented groups – such as those from ethnically diverse backgrounds, women, those from the LGBTQ+ community and those with disabilities. Should you require any workplace accommodations (also known as ‘reasonable adjustments’), you will have the opportunity to let us know at appropriate points in the hiring process.

Safeguarding Statement

Brentford FC is committed to equality, the safeguarding and welfare of all children and adults at risk. This responsibility is shared by all staff and volunteers at the club, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Staff will be required to undertake regular safeguarding training to enable and reinforce a proactive approach to safeguarding. This role requires the post holder to apply all relevant policies and uphold the club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people to ensure a safe environment for all. This includes the timely reporting of any safeguarding concern to the safeguarding team. We remind those barred from regulated activity that it is an offence to apply for such positions.

Please note that where appropriate for the role, you may be required to complete additional background checks such as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and this will include any time living or working outside of the UK in the last 10 years. You can find out more about this at

Please also note that a CV application will not be sufficient. Applications will not be considered where the application form has not been completed in full.

If the role you are applying for involves regulated activity and you have been shortlisted for a first stage interview, you will be asked to fill out a Declaration of Offences Form.

The Role of Lead Doctor

Along with the Director of Player Health the Lead Doctor will have overall responsibility and accountability for medical provision at the Club.

Main Accountabilities

  • To ensure that any concerns you observe, or are raised with you in your role, are shared with the Safeguarding Team through appropriate channels
  • To work in conjunction with the Safeguarding Team to promote safe working practice within your department and those you manage
  • Support the delivery of clinical excellence as a doctor within the Medical Department to meet the standard required within the English Premier League for the club
  • Have primary responsibility for the diagnostic evaluation of all first team players
  • Help to develop a pro-active model of care which focuses on prevention as well as rehabilitation
  • Help lead innovation and new ways of medical team thinking and practice with the Director of Player Health
  • Be responsible for the creation of a Medical Playbook for Brentford FC and act as the clinical reference point for all doctors in the club
  • Support more junior members of staff within the Club in their sports medical practice as well as provide supervision for other practitioners undergoing ultrasound training or similar
  • Maintain a record and up to date CPD portfolio as stipulated by FA and other professional bodies.

Weekly Provision

  • Ensure the appropriate level of 7-day doctor provision is arranged and delivered as the club schedule requires across both the 1st Team and, in conjunction with the Lead Academy Doctor, throughout the Academy age groups. This may extend to the Brentford Women’s Team over time
  • Be available 5-6 days per week as the club schedule demands. This may include training ground, match day cover, and/or other medical services at the Club
  • Deliver ultrasound and guided therapeutic injection services and demonstrate a solid understanding of imaging and radiology protocols and their interpretation for clinical diagnosis
  • Support the Director of Player Health in delivering pre-signing medical assessments for both squads to ensure that all assessments are managed in-house
  • Coordinate regular/mandatory medical screening/interventions including, but not limited to, cardiology, blood markers, flu vaccines and cognitive function testing procedures
  • Lead weekly Multi-disciplinary Team case review meetings
  • Conduct home visits to ill or injured players, and telephone consultations as required
  • Attend, or ensure attendance of, consultant appointments by Club Doctors as required
  • Keep accurate, up to date and confidential medical records supported by contemporaneous medical notes relating to player injuries, treatment, and rehabilitation
  • Be responsible for any onward specialist referrals, ensuring that relevant parties are informed, arranging consultations/medical investigations as needed
  • Maintain good relationships with clinic/hospital departments and fellow medical colleagues to ensure optimum care of all players
  • Periodically attend meetings with the Club’s insurers and any other third parties as requested by the club
  • Review and update Emergency Action Plans (EAP) at both training and match facilities on an ongoing basis
  • Manage storage and stock of prescription and non-prescription medications
  • Assist in delivery of any departmental in-service programme.
  • Lead the regular practice of on-field trauma scenarios for all other medical staff
  • In conjunction with the Director of Player Health, ensure that all FA anti-doping and player locations/whereabouts requirements are complied with. This includes that all players are kept informed of any adaptions to regulations immediately as they occur
  • Supported by the Director of Player Health, ensure that the Club’s legal (and English Premier League/Football Association) responsibilities with regards to specific staffing and medicolegal requirements are upheld

Matchday Cover

  • In conjunction with the Club Doctors, ensure appropriate emergency medical cover is in place for all home and away 1st Team, B Team and Academy games as required, and as agreed with Director of Player Health
  • Attend at least 90% of EPL, Cup and 1st Team friendly games (home and away) as Team Doctor
  • Travel to away games as needed (any away game covered will require travel with the squad), including overnight stays prior to games and on 1st Team trips and tours.
  • Manage onsite paramedic/trauma team and practices, including checking and maintenance of all medical equipment to comply with EPL regulations

General Club Accountabilities

  • To ensure compliance with all relevant Club policies, including health and safety policies and with specific reference to the data regulations.
  • To ensure compliance with all relevant legal, regulatory, ethical, and social requirements.
  • To ensure compliance with the Club’s Safeguarding Policy and processes.
  • To ensure compliance with the Club’s Code of Conduct.
  • To actively embed equity, diversity and inclusion into the operations and strategy of your team, in line with our EDI strategy
  • To build and maintain good working relationships both internally and externally, maintaining a professional image at all times when representing Brentford FC
  • To keep confidential any information gained regarding the Club and its personnel.
  • To maintain a flexible approach to work at all times.
  • Any other relevant tasks and duties as directed by your line manager

Key Internal Relationships

  • Director of Football
  • Performance Director
  • Head Coach
  • Director of Player Health
  • Head of Academy Medical Services

Person Specification - Essential Characteristics

  • Full GMC registration
  • Diploma or MSc or equivalent international qualification in Sports Medicine
  • Injection therapy training and diagnostic ultrasound training
  • Level 5 ATMMiF or equivalent emergency trauma qualification
  • A member of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (MFSEM)
  • Hold (or be able to obtain) sufficient Professional Liability Insurance (SEMPRIS) appropriate for working with elite football players
  • A minimum of 10 years’ post qualification experience in the field of Sports Medicine in an elite, professional sports environment
  • At least 5 years’ extensive 1st Team Doctor experience working as part of an interdisciplinary Sports Medicine team at a professional football club (ideally in the Premier League)
  • Understanding of epidemiology of football injuries and re-injuries
  • Able to proficiently communicate in English (written and oral).
  • Brings a proactive, engaged, and curious approach, fresh perspective, and innovative ideas
  • Independent worker with focus on forward planning and goal-oriented action
  • High flexibility, resilience, adaptability, reliability, and trustworthiness
  • Confident demeanor and level of appropriate assertiveness
  • Demonstrates a strong passion for high performance sport, healthcare - and goes beyond the standard level of duty when required

Person Specification - Desirable Characteristics

  • Post qualification examinations which have led to or allows memberships of recognised medical associations e.g. MRCP/ MCEM/MRCGP/MRCS
  • Qualification in education and supervision and ability to train Physiotherapists in ultrasound
  • Registered on the GMC Specialists’ register
  • Fellow of the faculty of sports and exercise medicine

Closing date for applications: Friday 7 June 2024