VACANCY: Academy physiotherapist

Wednesday 04 July 2018 Written by: Adam

A club on the rise with a strong reputation for developing homegrown players, Newcastle Falcons are appointing a full-time academy physiotherapist to work primarily with the Junior Academy players on the elite player pathway.

A job description for the role along with the essential and desirable qualifications are outlined below.

To apply for this position please send your CV and a covering letter outlining why you are suitable for the role to Roz Lyall on
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The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday July 12, 2018. Skype interviews will be held for shortlisted candidates on July 16 and 17, with practical interviews in Newcastle in early August.


Reports to academy manager


To plan, deliver and review all aspects of medical care with the Junior Academy. The main focus of the role is on injury assessment, diagnosis, rehabilitation and prevention.


* Lead and manage all Junior Academy medical provision in line with Academy directives, attending all Junior Academy training sessions and Academy age group fixtures.

* Provide trauma, triage, screening, assessment and diagnosis of new injuries as well as planning and delivering rehab and treatment for ongoing injuries at bi-weekly Academy sessions.

* Provide pitchside cover to RFU minimum standards at all Academy age group fixtures and arrange additional medical support where appropriate.

* Update coaches, players and their support networks bi-weekly on injury diagnosis and return to play timescales, communicating with international age group staff where appropriate and liaising with SCSC physio weekly to ensure all players are included in reports to coaches.

* Work in collaboration with medical staff at schools/clubs to ensure that injured players follow a single rehabilitation plan, visiting off site where appropriate and developing external links.

* Provide education to players and their support networks on injury prevention and management and take a lead role in overseeing DPP medical provision, managing minimum standards of care and delivering educational sessions and workshops to players, parents and coaches.

* Lead and manage the AASE Scheme at Gosforth Academy, attending all fixtures and holding bi-weekly injury clinics to assess and treat injured players.

* Provide additional support to EAPs in the form of off-site injury prevention sessions, medical screening and rehabilitation sessions, including regular visits to SCSC.

* Liaise with Academy S&C coach and analyst to monitor player game times as well as assist in any research projects, injury surveillance or player movement analysis.

* Maintain accurate treatment records for all Junior Academy players seen and reviewed in accordance with Academy directives on the Rugby Squad central player database.


* Effectiveness of clinical interventions provided to Academy players.

* Development of sustainable practices across the Academy.

* Adherence to all RFU/PRL regulations to maintain the Academy Licence.

* Adherence to RFU/PGB minimum standards such as CSP, HPC and Newcastle Falcons protocols.

* Feedback from players/stakeholders on quality of service provided.


* Bsc Hons Degree in Physiotherapy.

* HCPC and CSP registration.

* Minimum of one year post graduate MSK experience.

* Experience within a sporting environment.

* Flexibility to work unsociable hours, including evenings and weekends.

* Commitment to CPD.

* A desire to learn and to challenge yourself in a high-pressured environment.

* Enhanced DBS clearance.

* Full driving licence with access to a car/transport.


* Experience within rugby.

* Immediate care in Sport or equivalent pitchside qualification.

* Masters level qualification in sports physio/medicine or ambition to do so in the near future.


* Supervised exposure to A-League and First XV environment for personal development.

* In-service training with senior physiotherapists and other departments (strength and conditioning, analysis etc).

* Individual supervision and personal development planning with head academy physiotherapist.


In the region of £17,000 (possible flexibility dependent on experience).


* Work alongside P/T SCSC physiotherapist and manage any student interns who assist with clinical practices.

* Develop and maintain strong working relationships with school and club coaches involved in academy player’s programmes.