Head of Academy Medicine – Crystal Palace Football Club

Job Description
Main purpose of role
To lead in the strategic direction of the Academy Medicine department to enable the Academy to achieve its long-term objectives and in line with the Premier League Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).

Key responsibilities
• To oversee the implementation of the medical, injury, nutritional programmes throughout the academy during the season.
• To oversee the delivery and development of Academy Medical and Nutritional syllabuses and integrate them into the overall Academy Performance Plan.
• To oversee the gathering of data on the medical and nutritional levels of all Academy players in liaison with the Academy Therapists, Club Doctors, Athletic Development coaches, Sports Psychologists and Sports Nutritionists.
• With assistance of the Head of Academy Sports Science, co-ordinate the delivery of the Sports Science and Medicine education programme for all Academy players, coaches and parent throughout the season.
• To oversee the review of all Academy Medical and Nutritional performance goals and to make sure they are met for all Academy players throughout the season.
• To oversee that all Academy Medicine and Nutritional data is recorded accurately and safely to ensure confidentiality and is updated regularly.
• To oversee the safe, up to date evidence-based practice by all Academy Medicine and Nutritional staff at all times.
• To oversee the regular review of all medical aspects and risk assessments to make sure they are met, up to date and of the highest standard within the academy (first aid trained, medical equipment on site and in working order).
• To oversee the co-ordination of bench marking and auditing of injuries throughout the academy, with assistance from the Academy Medical staff.
• To oversee the medical budget for the season.
• To oversee the implementation of medical research led projects throughout the academy.
• To liaise with the Academy Club Doctor/s and Paramedics so that they are present at all home fixtures throughout the season.
• To oversee the pre-participation, pre-signing and ongoing medical and MSK screening for all Academy players in conjunction with the Academy Club Doctor, Academy Youth Development Therapist and Foundation Therapist.
• To oversee the management of all internal and external Academy player medical appointment with health professionals, attending where possible.
• To oversee the ordering of medical supplies as required to carry-out the core duties associated with the role and the department.
• To lead the CPD and development programme for Medicine staff within the academy.
• To review Medical and Nutritional staff progress and development at the academy every six months and set personal progress reports.
• To lead on making sure the medical qualifications of all full and part time staff remain up to date in accordance with governing body rules and regulations.
• Manage the recruitment of all Academy Medical and Nutritional Staff.

Key requirements
• Shall be either:
• A state registered / chartered physiotherapist.
• And/or a registered medical practitioner with membership with the general medical council.
• Up to date Advanced Trauma Medical Management in Football (ATMMiF) (or demonstrable ability to complete the accreditation within 6 months).
• Extensive experience of working within the elite sports environment, with a proven track record of working with children and adolescents.
• Knowledge of manual therapy skills and sports rehabilitation.
• Knowledge of injury prevention methods and recovery strategies.
• Knowledge of Psychological strategies and interventions.
• Knowledge of Nutritional strategies and interventions.
• Excellent communications skills, both written and verbally.
• Confident, self-motivated and able to work under pressure.
• Ability to work collaboratively with players, staff and parents.
• Ability to educate, advise and motivate individuals.
• Extremely competent in the use of IT.
• Demonstrates up to date knowledge of the current evidence base and implement this within their practice.
• All employees may be required to undertake any other duties as may be reasonably requested.
• Candidates must be flexible and be willing to work hours as necessary to carry out their duties. It is intended that this role will be appointed as a full-time position (this will involve a minimum of 37 hours per week) and may include working outside normal office hours at evenings, weekends and Public Holidays. This may also include travel abroad.
• A full UK drivers licence and access to your own vehicle would be advantageous
• CPFC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. It is therefore mandatory the post holder has valid and appropriate DBS clearance at all times.
Position subject to DBS at Enhanced Level and references.

How to apply
Please send a CV with a covering letter to recruitment@cpfc.co.uk

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