Lead Academy Physiotherapist (U23)

  • Employer Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • Town / City Wolverhampton
  • Job Type Full-time
  • Salary Competitive
  • Closing Date 26/04/2019
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DEPARTMENT: Medical Department

REPORTS TO: Head of medical department

LOCATION: Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground and any away venue deemed necessary

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week.

DATE: April 2019

We are Wolves. Progressive, determined, bright, unified and humble. A pack that is hungry for success. Wolves is one of the fastest growing professional football clubs in the UK, and also boasts one of the richest histories in the beautiful game.

Formed in 1877, Wolves was a founder member of the Football League, and was one of the country’s most successful sides in the fifties and sixties. During a two decade spell the Black Country’s most decorated side won three First Division titles and one of its four FA Cups.

After a sensational 2017/18 season which saw Wolves clinch the Sky Bet Championship trophy and promotion to the Premier League, the club is now embarking on its first season in the top flight for seven years. But at Wolves it is all about what we will do, not what we have done.

We don’t simply look to the future, we seize it.

We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and to ensuring that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment.

Job purpose

The role of Lead Academy Physiotherapist (U23), is to manage, coordinate and supervise all medical provision for various academy squads. As a result, this role will contribute to the success and achievement of the academy programme. A key component of this role is the ability strive for excellence to ensure that the optimal service is provided for all academy players and the medical department.

Key responsibilities
Management of injuries

  • To be the clinical lead physiotherapist for the whole academy programme. Clinically mentoring the U.18 and U.16 lead physiotherapists and playing an active role in the development of treatment plans / preventative programmes for players in their care.
  • Lead the provision of physiotherapy services to all U23 players, ensuring evidenced based, best practice is adhered to all times.
  • Implement evidence-based practice and utilise advanced clinical reasoning skills during the rehabilitation process.
  • Demonstrate effective communication with all MDT staff members across the age-groups all times, being fully briefed and up-to-date on all ongoing player injuries and rehabilitation progress.
  • Ensure the management of injuries across the academy effectively meets its commitments to the players, coaches and senior management through clinical audit and accurate documentation.

Injury prevention

  • Liaise with age-group physios on a daily basis in order to have input into decisions relating to individual player availability and readiness to train.
  • Work alongside the Academy Sport Science Department in order to develop and implement effective injury prevention and preventative strategies across all academy age groups.
  • Ensure effective and appropriate delivery of squad pre-activation sessions across all age-groups and monitor the provision of injury prevention strategies for all players, including individual and group sessions.
  • Ensure individualised injury prevention programmes focused on addressing relevant injury risk factors are in place across all academy age-groups.
  • Ensure the delivery of injury prevention programme effectively meets its commitment to the players, coaches and senior management through clinical appraisal and an evidence-based approach.

Medical provision at matches/tours

  • Provide physiotherapy match day cover and advanced medical care at all U.23 fixtures.
  • Ensure all medical equipment and MEAP procedures are regularly reviewed and maintained at the training ground in line with EPPP criteria.

Pre-signing Medicals/medical consultations

  • Play an active role within the pre-signing medical of all Academy players, liaising closely with the Academy Doctor. Although not expected to conduct all examinations, you are required to discuss findings of exam with the medical staff involved in the process to assist with risk stratification.
  • Accompany players to medical consultations at short notice (either in this country or abroad), ensuring the player receives optimal care and advice at all times.

Department Management

  • Take a lead role in reviewing and updating the Academy Performance Plan to maintain EPPP category one status.
  • Share the leading role in MDT meetings appropriately. • Ensure all administrative tasks are completed and appropriately managed.
  • Ensure all squad injury prevention sessions and medical notes are entered on to the PMA system by the age-group physios within 24 hours of completion.
  • Complete monthly SMART targets focused on service development and continued professional development (reviewed by line manager prior to submission).
  • Conduct monthly SMART target meetings with U.18 and U.16 physiotherapists.
  • Ensure all age-group audits are completed to the highest standard before the summer break by the relevant staff, providing accountability for the department and allowing us to see and act upon patterns and trends.
  • Take an active role in the development of the medical aspect of the PMA system.

Continual Professional Development

  • Take responsibility for your own continued professional development, ensuring that you attend regular courses/conferences and keeping an up to date portfolio of achievements.
  • Strive to advance working practices both within the Medical Department, and in the wider sports physiotherapy setting by promoting and performing clinical research.

General responsibilities

  • Compliance with Club policies
  • Compliance with the Club’s health and safety procedures
  • Compliance with the Club’s safeguarding policies
  • To promote the Club’s values
  • To work consistently to embed equality & diversity into the Club
  • To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected
  • To maintain professional conduct at all times


  • This role involves working with children and/or vulnerable adults in a Regulated Activity (or in close proximity to children and/or vulnerable adults). This means that the post-holder is required to apply all relevant policies and uphold the Club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people

Key relationships

  • Head of Medical Department
  • Head of Academy

Scope of job

  • Flexibility in this role is essential – ability to work irregular and unsocial hours as required.
  • Work may be subject to change with less than 24 hours’ notice on occasions.
  • Work will regularly be outside ‘normal’ working hours, in evenings, weekends and bank holidays.
  • Attendance at consultant appointments/special events/dinners/tournaments.
  • All annual leave is to be taken during breaks in the footballing season

This role will be the clinical lead Physiotherapist for the whole Academy programme. This purpose of this role is to manage, coordinate and supervise all medical provision for various Academy squads.

The interviews will take place w/c 6th May 2019.

DEADLINE: Friday 26th April 2019, 5pm

How To Apply

Please complete our application pack and email it to jobs@wolves.co.uk, including the job reference code (JOB REF: PH-73-12042019) in the subject line, unless otherwise stated on the advert.

You can also post your pack to Wolves HR Dept., Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR. The application pack can be accessed here.

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