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Vacancy: Senior physiotherapist

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Bristol Rugby to join our experienced sports medicine team on our return to the Gallagher Premiership.

Job title: Senior Physiotherapist
Organisation: Bristol Rugby
Salary: To be discussed at interview
Location: Bristol
Closing date: 14/05/2018
Interview dates: 18/05/2018
Contract type: Fixed Term (Full time)

The successful applicant must be a team player and to be able to contribute positively to the vision and culture of Bristol Rugby.

Core Responsibilities: 

Use excellent clinical skills to ensure the accurate assessment and diagnosis of injuries 

Work both individually and as part of the team providing best practice physiotherapy treatment to injured players 

Liaise closely with the Head of Medical Services to ensure that Coaching and Strength & Conditioning staff receive accurate daily information regarding the injury status of players 

Provide match day physiotherapy and pitch side trauma cover for the Senior Squad 

Maintain contemporaneous and detailed clinical notes on all aspects of injury management using RugbySquad 

Plan and implement personalised rehabilitation plans for injured players 

Work closely with S&C staff to ensure a smooth transition for players from injury through to Return to Performance 

Plan and implement evidence based injury prevention strategies for players 

Maintain a good working relationship with all key personnel, colleagues and players 

Assist the Head of Medical Services with injury surveillance and injury data collection 

Assist with the musculoskeletal screening of the senior squad as required 

Keep abreast of current best practice, maintain personal CPD and contribute enthusiastically to the Bristol Rugby Sports Medicine Department’s CPD programme 

To carry out other duties that may be required by management and that fall within the post holder’s capabilities

Applicant Specification: 

Applicants must, at the closing date for applications, be able to display and provide evidence of the following qualifications/training, experience, specialist knowledge, skills/abilities and behaviours outline below in this person specification. Bristol Rugby reserves the right to enhance criteria to facilitate short-listing. 

Essential Criteria:

• BSc Degree in Physiotherapy 
• Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registered with the Health Professions Council 
• Training in Pitch Side Emergency Care to ICIS level 3, or a willingness to complete this training at the next available opportunity 
• Minimum 3 years full-time post graduate (or equivalent part-time) clinical experience as a Physiotherapist and 1 of these years must be full-time (or equivalent part-time) working as a Physiotherapist in elite level sport 
• Experience of developing and implementing innovative ideas and putting them into practice 
• An ability to demonstrate up to date and advanced knowledge of physiotherapy and rehabilitation techniques related to recent advances in musculoskeletal medicine in the sporting sphere. 

The applicant must demonstrate: 

• An ability to work under pressure 
• An ability to manage own case load 
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop credible and effective working relationships 
• Excellent problem solving and decision making skills 
• A strong commitment to continuous personal professional development

Desirable Criteria:

• Ability to work frequent irregular and unsocial hours 
• Post Graduate qualification in sports physiotherapy or related area of practice 
• Significant experience working within professional rugby 
• Significant experience in planning and delivering individualised plans for injured athletes to include detailed rehabilitation programmes

How to apply:

To apply, please submit a current CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to Head of Medical Services Rory Murray. 

Email: rmurray@bristolrugby.co.uk

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