Academy Job Vacancy

Friday 21 September 2012

Job vacancy: Head Academy Physiotherapist (Full time) Newcastle Falcons are undergoing an exciting revival with the appointment of Dean Richards as director of rugby and a massive expansion of the Academy under manager Mark Laycock.

This is an exciting opportunity for an MSK/sports physiotherapist to join the medical department at Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club. The successful applicant will be responsible for the provision of physiotherapy for the Academy and assisting the 1st XV when able. The multi-disciplinary team also consists of coaches, strength and conditioning coaches and masseurs.

You will have a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy or an alternative appropriate qualification, be a Chartered Physiotherapist registered with the HPC and a Member of CSP. It is also desirable to have at least 2 years sports and MSK physiotherapy experience.

Main purpose of role

To manage and oversee the development of a comprehensive physiotherapy service

To work as an autonomous practitioner and deliver a quality clinical service meeting the clinical and commercial needs of the Newcastle Falcons Academy Programme

To strive for clinical excellence in the management of musculoskeletal problems to ensure optimal outcomes for Academy players

To develop and promote a positive and dynamic image and culture

To develop and foster productive relationships with parents, teachers and coaches

To assist the 1st XV Physiotherapists

To provide pitchside first aid cover to RFU standards

Key Tasks

Plan the medical support structure of the Academy programme in conjunction with other members of coaching staff

Manage and deliver injury rehabilitation programmes and physiotherapy care for all registered Academy athletes with regular feedback to coaches and support networks, visiting off site where necessary

Complete medical screening tests with all Academy athletes and keep up-to-date records of the development and progress of each athlete

Attend all Academy training sessions and fixtures, including the A Team, providing pitch side cover and arranging additional medical support where appropriate

Provide advice and support to all associated athletes, including overseeing the medical provision of School of Rugby and EPDG players (or equivalent programmes)

Plan and deliver physiotherapy treatment sessions to the AASE Scheme, visiting off site where necessary

Provide wider education to players, their support networks and the rugby community regarding medical protocols and best practice (via seminars and workshops)

Assist with 1st team squad medical care as required by the Head of the Medical department, provided it does not clash with Academy duties

To conduct all clinical interventions and related actions in line with relevant professional standards, such as CSP and HPC, as well as Newcastle Falcons standards and policies and where applicable, contract parameters and KPIs.

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical and professional activities

To demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development and to maintain a contemporary record of such activity, in line with recommendations of CSP and HPC

To contribute to service development initiatives and other adhoc projects and tasks as agreed with Team Leader

To contribute as required to internal and external educational initiatives and lecture programme

To participate in audits in line with PGB standards

To provide clinical supervision to students.

To contribute to multidisciplinary audit research and evaluation of the clinical effectiveness and evidence base for the management of elite athletes.

Key Performance indicators:

  • Up to date record keeping on each athletes Individual Development Plan
  • Quarterly report from Medical Department for presentation to the Board
  • Feedback from players and relevant people
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Complaints


  • HPC registration
  • CSP member
  • Full UK drivers license
  • Desirable
  • Post graduate qualification (or working towards)
  • MSK experience
  • 2 years sports physiotherapy experience
  • Experience in rugby

Health & Safety

It is the general duty of every employee to take reasonable care for the health and safety of him/herself and others (including patients). This may involve the wearing of suitable protective clothing and footwear, and to co-operate with the management in meeting its responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Any failures to take such care or any contraventions of safety or managerial instructions may result in Disciplinary action being taken.


All staff are required to respect confidentiality of all matters that they may learn relating to their employment, other members of staff and the general public and will be required to confirm their compliance with relevant codes of conduct.


This post is subject to an enhanced level of CRB disclosure


HPC registration and CSP member (please do not apply if not a registered chartered physiotherapist) Full UK drivers license

Salary: £22,500 pa

If you have not heard within 2 weeks of sending your CV, please assume that your application has not been successful.

For any further information and/or to arrange a visit, please contact our Lead Physiotherapist Simon Pope by email:

Closing date for applications is Sunday 7 October.

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