Head of Medical Services

  • Barnsley Football Club
  • Barnsley, UK
  • 06 May, 2024
Full time EFL Leadership & Management Medical

Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team here at Oakwell as Head of Medical Services.

Job title: Head of Medical Services
Reports to: Sporting Director
Department: Football Management
Location: Barnsley FC, Oakwell
Date: April 2024

Job Purpose
Lead the medical department service provision for the club (men’s, women’s, and academy squads) whilst providing direct physiotherapy delivery for men’s first team players, whilst having clinical oversight of all squads. To provide clinical expertise for all player assessments, diagnoses, treatments, and rehabilitation, and ensure a collaborative, innovative and accountable medical department.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Lead the clinical management of all playing squads for both illness and injuries – referring on to clinical specialists/medical doctors where necessary. 
  • Lead the clinical preparation of the men’s senior playing squad on both training and match days (home and away) – managing a team of staff. 
  • Ensure pitch side emergency first aid cover is in place for both training and match days and ensure EAPs are, updated, in date and in-line with both league and club medical protocols. 
  • Design and implement athlete profiling tools (in conjunction with sports science staff) to ensure positive athletic development, injury mitigation, objective monitoring during rehabilitation, and to design safe return to play programming. 
  • Oversee and deliver injury rehabilitation for musculoskeletal injuries (including gym-based exercise prescription, pitch rehabilitation, and hydrotherapy etc.). 
  • Manage and conduct pre-signing medicals for men’s senior team players and ensure staffing for academy and women’s team medicals. 
  • Deliver the EFL/FAs standardised protocols for concussion assessment and management using both paper and computerised tools. 
  • Maintain comprehensive note-keeping in accordance with professional standards. 
  • Maintain and update monthly injury and illness audits, and the FA injury surveillance report. 
  • Champion a department of multidisciplinary approach to medical care, building professional relationships to those specialities both within the club and externally. 
  • Maintain close relationships with external club medical departments, for all loan players. 
  • Attend daily multidisciplinary meetings and provide reports to senior management. 
  • Provide a first contact assessment for all injuries and illnesses, referring on to specialist opinions when required. 
  • Ensure departmental monitoring of medical supplies usage and regular stock-taking / tracking. 
  • Execute additional tasks as required to meet the changing priorities of the medical department, first team and the club. 
  • Ensure maintenance of the FA’s anti-doping whereabouts system. 
  • Monthly tracking and monitoring of medical and insurance budgets set by the club, with monthly updates provided to Sporting Director. 
  • Provide supervision, support, and professional development reviews for all medical staff. 
  • Optimise departmental performance through the delegation of tasks to medical staff across men’s, women’s, and academy squads. 
  • Partake in the club’s appraisal process for the department. 
  • Deliver and drive forward CPD for medical and sports science staff within the department. 
  • Provide support and an advisory role for Barnsley FC women’s team medical staff – providing a lead clinical oversight as required. 
  • This job description is not intended to be exhaustive, and the post holder is also required to undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required by the lead physiotherapist or any other senior leader/director within the club, appropriate to the level of the post.

Personal Specification
The ideal person will:

  • Have a genuine passion for making a difference through sport 
  • Be proactive with workload and interventions  
  • Seek to continually develop skills and knowledge 
  • Adopt an organised and structured approach to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of the role 
  • Able to prioritise effectively and work well within a pressurised environment 
  • Communicate appropriately at all levels 
  • Be flexible in days/hours of work 
  • Be trustworthy and adhere to the Club’s Code of Conduct and Ethics  
  • Adhere to protocol and respect confidentiality in all matters, protecting any data relating to the area of work in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018  
  • Consistently demonstrate high standards of professionalism 
  • Be committed to personal & professional development 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people  
  • Be always respectful of others and behave in a non-discriminatory manner as per the Equality Act 2010 


  • A minimum of five years postgraduate experience in sport 
  • Experience of working in a first team elite sporting environment (preferably football)


  • Experience of leading a department  
  • Experience of managing staff


  • HCPC/CSP registered physiotherapist  
  • FA Advanced Trauma Medical Management in Football (ATMMiF) Certificate, or equivalent 


  • Completed or working towards a postgraduate qualification in Physiotherapy, Sports Medicine or related degree  
  • Child Protection/Safeguarding certificate

Skills and Knowledge

  • Extensive knowledge of MSK injuries in sport 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Able to work independently and lead a team of medical professionals  
  • Creative and proactive approach to problem-solving  


  • IT skills, including the ability to manage and work with data and associated systems (e.g. Excel and Catapult electronic database systems or equivalent)  
  • Evidence of medical departmental strategic creation and delivery

Additional requirements
Full UK driving licence


The above is a guide only and should 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 the changing needs of the organisation. 

Barnsley Football Club ensure that the best possible staff are recruited based on their merits, abilities and suitability for the position. We ensure that the Club meets its commitment to safeguarding by promoting the welfare of children and young people by carrying out all necessary pre-employment checks. 

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Equal Opportunities 
Barnsley Football Club ensure that all job applicants are considered equally and consistently. We ensure that no job applicant is treated unfairly on any grounds including race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or religious belief, sex, or sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, disability or age. 

Right to work in the UK 
Barnsley Football Club ensures that applicants are entitled to work in the UK without approvals and have the appropriate documentation to validate this.