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GBWR Physiotherapist

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Job Description

Delivery of Physiotherapist Services to GB Elite Squad

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) began in 2010, an ambitious programme aimed at growing the sport and developing a performance system that will consistently produce medal winning teams. The London Paralympics showcased the sport across the world and created an unprecedented level of interest in the game. GB is currently ranked 5th in the world and 1st in Europe but is now intent on making a step change in its performance and looks to ensure it is best placed to achieve a medal winning position in Rio.

It promises to be an exciting time to join the GBWR World Class Performance Programme, and we are looking for an individual to join the performance team as a physiotherapist. We are looking for someone who can support the elite GB squad at camps and competitions, whilst contributing to developing a world-class wheelchair rugby performance system, by working in a multidisciplinary team and supporting the development of a professional environment and culture of excellence. Supporting the GB Wheelchair Rugby team to consistently challenge for gold at future major championships and the Paralympic Games.

CONTRACT: Contract for services on a self-employed basis, daily rate commensurate to experience, with a minimum of 100 days, but could rise to 150 days dependent on camps and competition schedules each year. 

ORGANISATION: Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Ltd (GBWR)

LOCATION: GB Regional training centres, GB Training Camps & International Competitions

Report to: GBWR CMO, and accountable to GBWR Performance Director

Overall service delivery:

  • Deliver physiotherapy service to the GB wheelchair elite squad at designated camps and competitions
  • Work with the medical team, liaising with the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for support and athlete medical issues as well as the Head of Support at camps and competitions to ensure a multidisciplinary environment is achieved 
  • Within the multidisciplinary team, make suggestions and contribute to developing strategies for developing the physiotherapy services for the GBWR Elite Squad
  • High standard of note keeping and documentation to be kept on Injury Zone and in accordance with other GBWR policies and processes
  • Be knowledgeable and aware of WADA rules and UK sports anti-doping procedures
  • Being available for all GB Elite Squad training camps and GB team competitions

Key deliverables:

  • Develop and deliver leading edge physiotherapy services that support the training objectives of the GBWR World Class Performance Programme
  • Work closely with the GBWR Medical team and the GB Head coach to ensure maintenance and/or return to fitness for GB players with minimal disruption to training and competition plans
  • Contribute to the development of a multidisciplinary support team
  • Ensure accurate records are kept, developing with the support of the CMO an injury database, and ensure that it is maintained and updated on a daily basis during each camp and competition
  • Ensure that the delivery of the physiotherapy service effectively meets its commitments to GBWR through clinical audit
  • Contribute to the development of appropriate measures/exercises for use in conditioning and/or warm-up programmes, liaising with the GB coaching team and other support staff
  • Attend, contribute to and provide regular reports at appropriate meetings associated with the development of players' individual performance plans
  • Attend meetings, contribute to and provide regular reports as required on reviewing the physiotherapy support within the WCPP. This may include representing GBWR at appropriate conferences and external stakeholder meetings
  • Participate in ad hoc projects and or applied research across the organisation as appropriate
  • Attend and visit regional training sites on occasion and as appropriate. In particular liaising with EIS network, who will provide network cover for players when in their regional training groups
  • Within the rules of professional confidentiality, communicate with athletes, coaches and other support staff, as appropriate
  • Work within the rules of the UK Professional Code of Conduct, standards and guidelines

Critical to delivering these services:

  • A thorough understanding of and an ability to deliver a physiotherapist service within an elite sports environment
  • Although not essential, knowledge and experience of providing physiotherapy services to athletes with disability, and in particular spinal cord injury will be highly desirable 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Whilst being self-employed and delivering a contract for services there is an ability to deliver these as part of a team, working collaboratively with all those involved within the GBWR WCPP as well as specifically working with GBWR CMP and Head of Support to achieve the common goals of the GB Team
  • Ability to prioritise delivery whilst still ensuring required outcomes are achieved, and that timescales/deadlines are met effectively
  • Experienced and effective in people management, with the ability to implement innovative ideas and influence player and coach support programmes
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills and the ability to plan and set clear and meaningful targets
  • Committed to continuous personal and organisational improvement
  • Conveys an image that is consistent with GBWR values, demonstrating qualities and traits conducive to being a member of the support team for a WCPP
  • Shows integrity and is fair, equitable and ethical in approach. Protects confidential information, adheres to policies and demonstrates loyalty to GBWR and the high performance team
  • A member of the chartered Society of Physiotherapists, and a registered physiotherapist with the HPC
  • Evidence of continued professional development and further qualifications in the field of sports physiotherapy

Experience:

  • Proven experience of working in and delivering a physiotherapist service in an elite sports environment
  • Proven experience of delivering services as a physiotherapist within a multidisciplinary environment
  • Although not essential, experience of delivering a physiotherapy service within Paralympic sport would be highly desirable, as would working within a team sport environment
  • Although not essential, experience and understanding of the physiotherapist in supporting the classification of Paralympic athletes, would be highly desirable
  • Knowledge of disability agendas, and an understanding of the specific issues for Wheelchair rugby
  • Proven experience of interfacing and building partnerships with a range of organisations
     

Desirable specific skills:

  • Awareness of the existing performance structures across the UK, in particular British Paralympic Association, and the home nation sports institute network
  • Passion for the development of an elite sports environment and an understanding of the “no-compromise” philosophy

If interested in applying to provide these services to GBWR, please send an expression of interest letter outlining your experience to be able to deliver these services and how you believe you could make a positive contribution to GBWR and the performance team to achieve our goals.

Send letter to

Daniel Hook
Corporate and Membership Secretary

danielhook@rfu.com

GBWR
Rugby House
Twickenham Stadium
200 Whitton Road
Twickenham
Middlesex
TW2 7BA

Closing date for expressions of interest is by 12 midday on May 10, 2013.

It is expected that interviews will be undertaken May 17 or 20, 2013.

Application Deadline

10 May 2013

Closing Date

10 May 2013