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At Manchester United our aim is to Win the United Way – and the quality of our behind-the scenes team sets us apart from the competition. Our people are as committed to the success of the company as the players are to winning trophies. We offer a unique and exciting working environment, excellent training, with recognition and rewards for the part each individual plays. Sounding good so far?

The Purpose:

Plan, coordinate and deliver professional level assessment and diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation programs, and provide world class support to all athletes within the Women’s first team squad.

The Role:

  • To be committed to ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of all MUFCW athletes

  • To work with the Head of Physiotherapy to deliver accurate assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and effective rehabilitation for players who have sustained an injury

  • To deliver specialized and individualized player rehabilitation programs, using an established philosophy and rehab method. This includes the implementation of gym-based and pitch-based Football focused rehabilitation programs

  • To work as a member of the Medical and Performance team to further develop elite level rehabilitation and return to play processes

  • To coordinate the transition of all injured professional players within the first team squad back into first team training and matches, in collaboration with all members of the Medical and Performance interdisciplinary team

  • To contribute to the development of the wider Physiotherapy department through ongoing learning and a commitment to departmental in-house CPD programs

  • Maintain confidentiality and protect sensitive information regarding injured players

  • Carry out annual and weekly medical and performance screening protocols, using gathered information to develop individualised prehab programmes aimed at preventing injuries and improving performance

  • Perform daily duties in a manner consistent with the Medical and Performance Department’s philosophy

  • To ensure Head of Physiotherapy is updated on daily caseload and rehabilitation outcomes

  • Contribute to the day-to-day treatment, management, and maintenance of non-injured players, including making recommendations around training modifications when indicated and having a sound understanding of sport science principles to guide this process

  • Provide written reports and daily communication to the Head of Physiotherapy on the rehabilitation status of the injured player/s under your care, as well as effectively communicating relevant information to the wider interdisciplinary team

  • Provide soft tissue treatment for first team squad pre and post training sessions and/or at home and away matches as required

  • Regularly stock take and replenish medical supplies

  • Organize and pack all medical equipment for both home and away matches

  • Coordinate the daily management of player appointment times, including organizing Physiotherapy, Soft tissue therapy and Osteopathy appointments through online platforms

  • To create strong professional relationships, share ideas with and support members of the interdisciplinary team, Club Physiotherapists and Performance staff, Team Doctor, Technical and Coaching staff

  • Liaise and build strong professional relationships with external health professionals such as specialists/podiatrists/radiologists to arrange player appointments and optimise care

  • To accompany players to medical consultations, possibly at short notice, ensuring the player receives optimal care and advice at all times (this may include longer travel periods when required)

  • Creating a mid and end of season injury report

  • To assist with the on-field medical management of players alongside a Head of Physiotherapy and Team doctor

  • To assist with match-day preparation for First Team fixtures as required including emergency injury care

  • To ensure that all medical records, physical screening and treatment information is kept in accordance with Manchester United Physiotherapy Service Standards and detailed medical records are maintained on the club’s medical record system

  • To be flexible and able to work evenings/weekends, travel to home and away games as required, attend pre and in-season tours including overseas travel as required

  • To provide guidance to the Academy Women’s Team Physiotherapy staff and Academy athletes as and when required

  • Report to the Head of Physiotherapy for daily workload organisation and Professional Development and review purposes, and liaise with the Head of Physiotherapy for personal and departmental support and professional mentoring as needed

The Person:

  • At least five years of experience working effectively within a professional Football interdisciplinary team, with experience of leading on the rehabilitation of common and complex football injuries

  • Ability to adapt to changes of schedule and the needs of the wider team

  • Excellent clinical reasoning skills

  • Excellent clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment skills

  • Evidence of leadership skills within a high-performance sporting environment

  • Highly experienced in the planning and delivery of gym-based and pitch-based Football rehabilitation programs, utilising an established rehabilitation process and method

  • To be competent with the interpretation of objective outcome measures during rehabilitation and as part of weekly screening: Including Isokinetic Dynamometry (Biodex), Nordbord, Kangatech and Forceplates testing (desirable)

  • A commitment to maintaining continuous development personally and as a contributing member of the club’s wide Sports Medicine and Performance team

  • To exhibit sound personal qualities and interpersonal skills including effective communication, teamwork, self-motivation and ability to work under pressure

  • The ability to advise, build trust with and motivate athletes

  • Excellent organisation and administrative skills, with an eye for detail

  • Excellent timekeeping and attendance

  • Ability to work independently on tasks, and also under the guidance of Head of Physiotherapy

  • Competent to oversee and manage Professional athletes and the wider Physiotherapy department if the Head of Physiotherapy is away or unavailable

Qualifications required:

  • Health and Care Professions Council registration (HCPC)

  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP)

  • FA Level 5 Advanced Trauma Medical Management in Football (ATMMiF)

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

  • Master’s degree in a subject relevant to the role (desirable)

  • Qualifications in Sport Science (desirable)

If you would you like to join the team and be part of our mission, to win the United way, please submit your application by 7th February 2023.