JRFC looking to recruit new Head Physio


JRFC are looking to recruit a replacement Head Physiotherapist for the coming season.

Please see job description details below.

  1. Post title: Head Physiotherapist, Jersey Rugby Football Club
  2. Type of contract: This position is being offered on a full-time basis for a fixed term of two seasons from 1st July 2014 - 31st May 2016.
  3. Closing date for applications: Tuesday 3rd June 2014
  4. Salary range: From £35,000, depending upon experience
  5. Location: Jersey Rugby Football Club, or any other venue that is deemed necessary in order to fulfil work duties
  6. Annual leave entitlement: 20 days of paid leave together with statutory and public holidays where practical. Annual leave can be taken at such time(s) as may be approved by the Head Coach
  7. Hours of work: You will be expected to work appropriate hours in order to fully carry out your responsibilities. The role is based on an average 37.5 hours / week, however this will be flexible due to the nature and demands of the role and will involve evening and weekend work. The nature of the role will on occasions require working in excess of these hours to meet the demands of the players. As lieu time is accured, this time can be claimed back as and when appropriate and approved by the Head Coach
  8. Job description
    The Head Physiotherapist will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a high quality service to athletes in partnership with the Team Doctor and coaching staff. This will cover day-to-day management and match-day medical, rehabilitation, injury prevention and specialised duties as required. The Physiotherapist will liaise with the Head Coach, coaching and conditioning staff on all physiotherapy related issues within the Jersey Rugby squad
  9. Reports to: Head Coach, Team Doctor, Chariman of Jersey Rugby Football Club
  10. Essential criteria: This highly motivated Head Physiotherapist will provide accurate diagnosis and oversee treatment and rehabilitation of the players. Formulate, co-ordinate, supervise and deliver detailed recorded prehabilitiation and rehabilitation programmes for players in consultation with the Team Doctor. Liaise with the MDT regarding the progress of all injured players to ensure accurate injury information can be disseminated to the coaching staff

    All applicants must demonstrate:
    • Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) and registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and States of Jersey (and AACP if necessary)
    • A minimum of 5 years post-registration clinical experience which includes a minimum of 3 years post-graduate experience as team physiotherapist to a professional rugby team
    • Up-to-date Advanced Sports Trauma Management certificate (or achieved for start date) eg ICIS or REMO
    • Commitment to supporting high performance athletes
    • Ability to perform as part of a team
    • Preferably be working towards or hold a Post-graduate diploma / Masters degree in sports physiotherapy, sports exercise and medicine, sports injury or rehabilitation science
    • Excellent communication and 'people' skills
    • Excellent organisational and administration skills

    Desirable criteria
    The following skills and experience would be considered favourable:
    • Evidence of advanced musculoskeletal clinical skills
    • A post-graduate qualification in sports and / or musculoskeletal physiotherapy or sports science
    • Experience of working with other sporting teams
    • A record of success in developing and implementing injury prevention programmes
    • General level of physical fitness for working pitch side
    • Sports massage qualifications to SMA level or equivalent

  11. Responsibilities
    • Work within the Codes of Practice of HPC and CSP
    • Attend all home and away games and complete match day responsibilities
    • Strict control of the medical budget
    • Maintain stock control
    • Appropriate time management with player appointment sessions for physio and massage
    • Fulfil your professional development requirements on a regular basis within the confines of the annual rugby schedule
    • Accompany contracted players, where possible on visits to consultants
    • Provide cover and support for the other JRFC teams when required

      Maintain links in the Academic community to provide up to date research in injury prevention and other areas.

    • Develop and maintain links between the Academy and JRFC Senior players
    • Head physio must oversee provision of physio for players of the Academy and all Senior Club teams
    • Head physio must be proactive to encourage local physios to be involved at Jersey Rugby Football Club
    • Understanding of anti-doping in Rugby Football Union
    • Effective communication skills to maximise the team working

      Squad injury management
    • Manage and coordinate all aspects of physiotherapy services for Jersey Rugby Football Club
    • To provide high quality physiotherapy care to Jersey rugby players
    • To closely work with the Team Doctor in the treatment and monitoring of injuries
    • Report to the Team Doctor and Head Coach on all matters relating to players' injuries and progress
    • Complete a post-match injury report in conjunction with the Team Doctor, and communicate this to the Head Coach
    • Co-ordinate and deliver prehabilitation and injury rehabilitation programmes
    • Work with the Team Doctor and coaching staff to establish the fitness and medical clearance status of players
    • Liaise with other clubs regarding the progress and ongoing treatment of loan players

      Injury prevention
    • Take key role in player education in consultation with the Team Doctor, Coaching and Strength and Conditioning staff on injury prevention, treatment and management
    • Implement best practice pre-participation screening protocols for all players
    • Work with the Team Doctor and Strength and Conditioning staff in developing a programme for injury prehbilitation, prention and rehabilitation
    • Based on the screening findings, implement individual prehabilitation programmes as required. This may also take place at the end of the season
    • Monitor injury rates and identify areas requiring attention to limit injury numbers
    • Investigate, plan and implement strategically effective and relevant exercise rehabilitation methods which meet optimally the needs of the players including development of the long term injury plan

  12. Key Performance indicators
    • The delivery of best practice sports physiotherapy services to the Jersey Rugby Football club players
    • The development and implementation of best practice injury prevention protocols
    • Strong and effective working relationships with the coaches, players and other members of the MDT
    • Maintain an effective, up to date injury monitoring database
    • Engage in CPD in the practice of sports physiotherapy to ensure the delivery of physiotherapy services that reflect best international practice

This job description is not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of changing needs of the club.

How to apply

  • Please email your CV and a covering letter to harvey.biljon@jrfc.je
  • The closing date for applications is Tuesday 3rd June 2014
  • Interviews will take place on Wednesday and Thursday 11th/12th June 2014
  • Applicants who are not invited for interview will not be contacted
  • Candidates selected for interview will be contacted by email, and interviews will take place at JRFC, St Peter, Jersey


JRFC is an equal opportunities employer

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