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Head Physiotherapist - Jersey Rugby Football Club


From £40,000 depending upon experience

Start Date

Job Description

Type of contract: This position is being offered on a full-time basis for a fixed term of one season from 1 June 1, 2013 - May 31, 2014.

Location: Jersey Rugby Club or any other such venue that is deemed necessary in order to fulfil work duties.

Annual leave entitlement: 15 days of paid leave together with statutory and public holidays where practical. Annual leave can be taken at such time(s) as may be approved by Director of Rugby.

Hours of work: You will be expected to work appropriate hours in order to fully carry out your responsibilities. The role is based on an average 37.5 hour/ week; however, this will be flexible due to the nature and demands of the role and will involve evening and weekend work. The nature of the role will on occasions require working in excess of these hours to meet the needs of the players. As lieu time accrued, this can be claimed back as and when appropriate and approved by Director of Rugby.

Job description

The Head Physiotherapist will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a high quality service to athletes in partnership with the Team Doctor and coaching staff. This will cover day-to-day management and match-day medical, rehabilitation, injury prevention and specialised duties as required. The physiotherapist will liaise with the Director of Rugby, coaching and conditioning staff on all physiotherapy-related issues within the Jersey Rugby Squad.

Reports to: Team Doctor, Director of Rugby, Chairman of Jersey Rugby Club.

Essential criteria: This highly motivated Head physiotherapist will provide accurate diagnosis and oversee treatment and rehabilitation of the players. Formulate, coordinate, supervise and deliver detailed recorded prehabilitation and rehabilitation programmes for players in consultation with the Team Doctor. Liaise with the MDT regarding the progress of all injured players to ensure accurate injury information can be disseminated to the coaching staff.

All applicants must demonstrate:

1. Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) and have registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and States of Jersey (and AACP if necessary)

2. A minimum of five years' post-registration clinical experience, which includes a minimum of three years post-graduate experience as team physiotherapist to a professional rugby team

3. Up to date Advanced Sports Trauma Management certificate (or achieved for start date) e.g. ICIS or REMO

4. Commitment to supporting High Performance athletes

5. Ability to perform as part of a team

6. Preferably be working towards or hold a postgraduate diploma/Masters Degree in sports physiotherapy, sports exercise and medicine, sports injury or rehabilitation science

7. Excellent communication and "people" skills

8. Excellent organisational and administration skills

Desirable criteria:

The following skills and experience would be considered favourably:

1. Evidence of advanced musculoskeletal clinical skills

2. A post-graduate qualification in sports and/or musculoskeletal physiotherapy or sports science

3. Experience of working with other sporting teams

4. A record of success in developing and implementing injury prevention programmes

5. General level of physical fitness for working pitch side

6. Sports massage qualifications to SMA level or equivalent


1. Work within the Codes of Practice of HPC and CSP

2. Attend all home and away games and complete all match-day responsibilities

3. Strict control of the medical budget

4. Maintain stock control.

5. Appropriate time management with player appointment sessions for physio and massage

6. Manage a team of staff physiotherapists, massage therapists and other MDT members

7. Provide clinical support for staff physiotherapists/massage therapists.

8. Fulfil your professional development requirements on a regular basis within the confines of the annual rugby schedule

9. Accompany contracted players, where possible, on visits to consultants

10. Provide cover and support for the other JRFC teams when required

11. Maintain links in the Academic community to provide up-to-date research in injury prevention and other areas

12. Develop and maintain links between the Academy and JRFC Senior squad players

13. Understanding of anti-doping in rugby union

14. Effective communication skills to maximise the team working

Squad injury management

1. Manage and coordinate all aspects of physiotherapy services for Jersey Rugby Club

2. To provide high-quality physiotherapy care to Jersey Rugby players

3. To closely work with the Team Doctor in the treatment and monitoring of injuries

4. Report to the Team doctor and DoR on all matters relating to players’ injuries and progress

5. Complete a post-match injury report, in conjunction with the Team Doctor, and communicate this with the DoR

6. Coordinate and deliver prehabilitation and injury rehabilitation programmes

7. Work with the Team Doctor/coaching staff to establish the fitness/medical clearance status of players

8. Liaise with other clubs regarding the progress and ongoing treatment of loan players

Injury prevention

1. Take key role in player education in consultation with Team Doctor, coaching, and Strength & Conditioning Staff on injury prevention, treatment and management.

2. Implement best practice pre-participation screening protocols for all players

3. Work with the Team Doctor and Strength & Conditioning staff in developing a programme for injury prehabilitation, prevention and rehabilitation

4. Based on the screening findings, implement individual prehabilitation programmes as required. This may also take place at the end of the season

5. Monitor injury rates and identify areas requiring attention to limit injury numbers

6. Investigate, plan and implement strategically effective and relevant exercise rehabilitation methods, which meet optimally the needs of the players including development of the long-term injury plan

Key performance indicators

1. The delivery of best practice sports physiotherapy services to the Jersey Rugby Club players

2. The development and implementation of best practice injury prevention protocols

3. Strong and effective working relationships with the coaches, players, and other members of the MDT

4. Maintain an effective, up-to-date injury monitoring database

5. Engage in CPD in the practise of sports physiotherapy to ensure the delivery of physiotherapy services reflects best international practice

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in light of changing needs of the club.

How to apply

1. Please email your CV and a covering letter to

2. The closing date for applications is Friday, April 26, 2013

3. Interviews will take place in the week beginning May 6, 2013

4. Applicants who are not invited for interview will not be contacted

5. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted by email and interviews will take place at JRFC, St Peter, Jersey

Jersey Rugby is an equal opportunities employer.

Application Deadline

26 April 2013

Closing Date

26 April 2013