Head of Academy Sports Medicine

  • Burnley FC
  • Burnley, UK
  • 30 Aug, 2021
Full time Academy Leadership & Management Medical Premier League Sports Science Youth

Job Description

Job Summary:

To manage and lead the Physiotherapy service within the academy department under the governance of the EPPP.


Roles and Responsibilities:

• To manage and lead the Physiotherapy service within the academy.

• In conjunction with the Head of Academy Sports Science, be responsible for the extensive design and delivery of the academy sports science and medicine program.

• Manage all full and part time physiotherapists including personal development plans and leading on the appraisal process.

• Ensure all academy games and training (u9-u23) are medically covered as per EPPP requirements.

• Provide evidenced based treatment & rehabilitation to all injured players (U9-U23’s).

• Have a flexible approach to medical cover for the PDP and academy injury clinics if required.

• Have a flexible approach to match day cover for u18/u23 fixtures as per schedule.

• Liaise effectively with the academy coaching staff and wider MDT on a daily basis in order to keep them informed of player availability for academy matches and training.

• Contribute towards maintaining and developing the club’s EPPP Sports Medicine criteria.

• Be responsible for the organisation, development, and implementation of screening (including cardiac screening) for all academy players as part of the process to aid injury prevention strategies.

• Maintain accurate records of injuries and medical interventions as per HCPC and CSP standards using the PMA system.

• Work in a professional manner which promotes equality for both staff and clients.

• Contribute to a multi-disciplinary approach by liaising closely with other departments within the academy.

• Support the Player Care programme operated by the academy.

• To work towards agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

• Comply with all Club policies.

• Promote the Burnley FC brand and ethos in a professional, strong, and positive manner.

• Work alongside other team members to support in other areas of the organisation as and when required to promote best practice.

• To understand and implement the Club’s Safeguarding policy, procedures, and best practice guidelines in your role. To use this understanding to ensure safe working practices, appropriate reporting of concerns and contribute positively to a safe environment.

• A commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace.

• Willingness to attend training courses including Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity.

• Always demonstrate the Club’s values.

• This job description is issued as a guideline to assist you in your duties and is not exhaustive. You may, on occasions, be required to undertake additional or other duties within the context of this job description.





• BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy.

• Membership of the HCPC.

• Membership of the CSP.

• MSc in a relevant field or working towards.

• A valid ATMMiF qualification (or FA level 5 equivalent).




• Experience of planning and delivering high quality evidence-based treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

• A good understanding of growth & maturation and its implications on the development of athletes.

• Have and understanding of UK antidoping and the FA whereabouts system.

• Experience of working in a fast paced environment.

• Experience of managing staff.

• Full driving licence and access to transport for travel.


• Knowledge of the EPPP.

• Previous lead experience in an elite sporting setting.

• A sound understanding of safeguarding and welfare requirements.




• Excellent interpersonal skills with .

• Strong organisational skills with the ability to multitask.

• Ability to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines.

• Ability to inspire others.

• A friendly, positive ‘can do’ and courteous attitude.

• Enthusiasm, energy, and resilience.

• A commitment to the aims, vision, and values of Burnley FC.

• Highly motivated, determined, and conscientious.

• Meticulous standards.

• Displays no prejudice when working with others.

• A positive attitude towards professional development and their own learning with a desire to keep up to date with CPD.


• Excellent presentation, and delivery skills.