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
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:
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
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
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.