Lead Academy Doctor / Head of Medical Services

Wolverhampton
Full Time
Competitive
24 / 12

We are Wolves; progressive, determined, bright, unified and humble. A pack that is hungry for success. Wolves is one of the fastest growing professional football clubs in the UK, and also boasts one of the richest histories in the beautiful game.

Formed in 1877, Wolves was a founder member of the Football League, and was one of the country’s most successful sides in the fifties and sixties. During a two decade spell the Black Country’s most decorated side won three First Division titles and one of its four FA Cups.

Fast forward to 2021, three seasons at Molineux saw Wolves clinch the Sky Bet Championship trophy with 99 points, followed by a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, which included memorable wins over Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal. The next season saw the team complete a memorable double over the reigning champions, equal the previous season’s seventh place finish and reach the quarter finals of the Europa League all as part of the ‘longest season’ in league history, either starting before or finishing after all other teams.

But this post is about what we will do next, not what we have done.

We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and to ensuring that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment.

Full description

JOB TITLE: Lead Academy Doctor / Head of Medical Services

DEPARTMENT: Medical

REPORTS TO: Head of Performance and Medicine

LOCATION: Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, Compton Park

HOURS: Full-time (job share will be considered)

DATE: Nov 2021

We are Wolves; progressive, determined, bright, unified and humble. A pack that is hungry for success. Wolves is one of the fastest growing professional football clubs in the UK, and also boasts one of the richest histories in the beautiful game.

Formed in 1877, Wolves was a founder member of the Football League, and was one of the country’s most successful sides in the fifties and sixties. During a two decade spell the Black Country’s most decorated side won three First Division titles and one of its four FA Cups.

Fast forward to 2021, three seasons at Molineux saw Wolves clinch the Sky Bet Championship trophy with 99 points, followed by a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, which included memorable wins over Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal. The next season saw the team complete a memorable double over the reigning champions, equal the previous season’s seventh place finish and reach the quarter finals of the Europa League all as part of the ‘longest season’ in league history, either starting before or finishing after all other teams.

But this post is about what we will do next, not what we have done.

We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and to ensuring that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment.

This is a role which combines two essential pillars of the medical department: provision of medical support to Academy players and the provision of essential medical services to the Club.

Whilst the job description necessarily separates the roles into nominal part-time hours, the combined role is full-time and allows the post-holder to work with agility and flexibility dependent on the need, so that the needs of each role can be met in the most efficient way.


Job Description – Lead Academy Doctor

Purpose: To lead the medical support to the Academy

Hours of Work: 4 days per week

Reports To: Head of Performance & Medicine

Direct Reports: Academy Doctors

Responsibilities:

Lead the Academy on Medical Support to the Professional Development Phase (PDP)

  • Support the club performance medicine strategy for the Academy
  • Provide excellent medical care to PDP players and support the MDT in delivery of sports medicine
  • Lead on Emergency protocols, training, and equipment
  • Attend MDT meetings regarding Loan Academy players
  • Maintain links with the medical providers for all loan Academy players overseeing management of injuries and liaising with host clubs
  • Medical input and management for Academy players with long term injuries

Provide medical opinions on YDP, Foundation Phase and RTC players

  • Run regular clinics for Academy players
  • Liaise with parents and guardians and keep "need to know" MDT members informed

Matchday Cover

  • Responsible for the rota for provision of doctor cover for all home match matches for all PDP matches (u23 and u18) by providing this service personally and by using bank consultants

Additional (as required) support to the first team as required by the Head of Performance Medicine

  • We are One Club, and so the doctors will provide cover for each other as required

Job Description – Head of Medical Services

Purpose: To ensure the club meets and exceeds stipulated Premier League Medical Standards with respect to ensuring services are in place and delivered to protect the medical health of the players throughout the pathway

Hours of Work: 1 day per week

Reports To: Head of Performance & Medicine

Direct Reports: Practice Manager

Health Protection Nurse

Responsibilities:

This is mainly a governance and overseeing role supporting the Practice Manager and Health Protection Nurse

  • You will take responsibility for achieving the Medical Services’ objectives, but will be highly supported by the Practice Manager and Health Protection Nurse who will take responsibility for completing much of the Medical Services’ activities

The Services’ objectives are:

  • To provide a ‘one stop shop’ for support services and occupational health for all players; starting with 1st team and all the professional Academy players but also developing appropriate services for the Youth Development phase of the Academy and the RTC
  • To ensure delivery all of the mandated tests in Appendix 4 of Section O of the PL rule book to include:

Cardiac Testing

Baseline Neurocognitive Testing

Immunisation

Annual Health Checks

Blood Tests

  • To ensure the provision of the additional ‘foundations’ of performance which include:

Nutrition

Psychology

Dentistry

Orthoptics

Orthotics

Primary Care Services

  • To ensure proper governance of additional medical services:

Pharmacy

Laboratory

Scanning

Record-keeping

  • Ensure correct ‘end of service’ information for all players leaving the club
  • Advise on individual cases and Club for COVID related issues

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General Responsibilities

  • Compliance with Club policies
  • Compliance with the Club’s health and safety procedures
  • Compliance with the Club’s safeguarding policies
  • To promote the Club’s values
  • To work consistently to embed equality & diversity into the Club
  • To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected
  • To maintain professional conduct at all times

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Safeguarding

  • This role involves working with children and/or adults at risk in a Regulated Activity (or in close proximity to children and/or adults at risk). This means that the post-holder is required to apply all relevant policies and uphold the Club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people.

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Key relationships

  • Head of Performance and Medicine
  • Head of Academy Medicine
  • Player Care Manager
  • Health Protection Nurse
  • Practice Manager

Person Specification

Job Title: Lead Academy Doctor / Head of Medical Services

Knowledge: the level and breadth of knowledge to do the job e.g. understanding of a defined system, method or procedure, legal or regulatory frameworks etc

Essential

  • Specialist knowledge in SEM practice at an elite level
  • Knowledge of the therapeutic options available to an SEM practitioner
  • Knowledge of the conditions that commonly affect youth footballers at different stages of physical and psychological development and training
  • The ability to recognise, diagnose, manage, explain and best prevent MSK conditions
  • Knowledge of the league and FA regulations as applicable to youth football as laid down in the Premier League Youth Development Rules, and Appendix 4 and Section O of the Premier League Handbook, and published FA guidelines such as the concussion guidelines
  • Knowledge of the Premier League Rules as laid down in Section O as apply to provision of medical care
  • A clear understanding of your duty of care to your patients and the ability to understand, weigh and appropriately advise on the management of the risks inherent in competitive sport.

Desirable

  • Generalist knowledge as a GP experienced in family practice

Technical/work-based skills: skills specific to the job e.g. language competence, typing skills, coaching skills etc

Essential

  • IT competence in Club systems
  • Ability to assess acute on field injuries and to manage appropriately
  • Ability to assess MSK symptoms, elicit signs and take an appropriate history, reach a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan with input from other members of the MDT
  • MSK ultrasound skills for examination of muscles, tendons and joints
  • Ability to aspirate and inject large joints (shoulder, knee, ankle) under ultrasound guidance and the knowledge of when and when not to consider such interventions
  • Competence in other MSK Ultrasound guided techniques such as dry needling, PRP injections
  • Knowledge of the appropriate medicines to carry in a doctor’s bag and emergency bag, and of their governance in terms of legislation and regulations
  • Experience of work as matchday medical co-ordinator in football
  • Experience using the IMPACT system for computerised neurocognitive testing
  • Experience of identifying suspected concussion from video analysis
  • Familiarity with sourcing and delivering appropriate medical advice and planning for taking teams abroad
  • Additional European languages, particularly Spanish or Portuguese

Desirable

  • Familiarity with MedsonTrack prescribing system

General skills and attributes: more general characteristics e.g. flexibility, communication skills, team working

Essential

  • Ability to listen to and communicate with others in appropriate language at appropriate times
  • Ability to deliver clinical assessment and interventions within the constraints of the sporting environment
  • A willingness to improve the service provided within your team
  • Understanding of how to work safely with children and/or adults at risk and uphold generally accepted practice when working with those participants
  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with a multi-disciplinary team in sport; supported by examples and references
  • Promote, adhere to and implement the Club’s Equality Policy and to work consistently to embed equality and diversity within Club
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Understanding of how to work safely with children and/or adults at risk and uphold generally accepted practice when working with those participants
  • Promote, adhere to and implement the Club’s Equality Policy and to work consistently to embed equality and diversity within Club
  • The ability to manage a friendly, cheerful, positive and open demeanour while maintaining a sufficient degree of professional distance

Experience: proven record of experience in a particular field, profession or specialism.

Essential

  • Independent practice in SEM environment
  • SEM work in elite sport at either senior or youth level

Desirable

  • Experience of SEM work in elite football

Qualifications: the level of educational, professional and/or occupational training required

Essential

  • License to practice in the UK as an independent practitioner; (GMC specialist or GP register) with either a diploma or masters in SEM or SEM specialist register.
  • ATMMiF qualification or equivalent with evidence of annual refresher as required by PL regulations (Section O). Annual training will be supported by the Club.
  • Post-holder must hold or obtain at the earliest opportunity the relevant safeguarding training (i.e. FA Safeguarding Children Workshop)
  • Post-holder will be subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level and cleared by the Wolves Safeguarding Manager
  • CASE accredited ultrasound qualification in diagnostic ultrasound
  • Indemnified under SEMPRIS for the provision of SEM services in the UK

Desirable

  • RFU / World Rugby training modules on concussion management for elite matchday medical staff and concussion protocols for matchday medical staff
  • Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners

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