Academy Doctor

  • Leeds United FC
  • Leeds, UK
  • 12 May, 2024
Full time Academy Medical Premier League Youth

Job Description

Work for Leeds United


We currently have an opportunity for an Academy Doctor at our fantastic training ground. The Academy Doctor is responsible for overseeing, delivering, and developing the Academy Medical Programme to ensure a first-class player experience. 


Leeds United Football Club is an English professional football club based in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, where we play at our fabulous stadium based on Elland Road, which has been the home of Leeds United since 1919 and remains one of English football's great theatres and is 'the only place for us' ever since. With a capacity of 37,890, it is England's 11th largest football ground in the Premier League. 

Everyone at Leeds United is dedicated to working as one team and to be the best we can be.

Come be part of our fabulous team as we March on Together.


·       Take responsibility for the decision making and management of general medical issues, including onward referral for investigation, consultation, and treatments where appropriate within the academy squads

·       Cover acute GP related issues within academy squad including urgent out of hours queries 

·       Oversee the implementation of medical screening as per EPPP requirements to include testing to facilitate recruitment activity

·       Support academy physiotherapists in management of musculoskeletal complaints

·       Diagnose and manage ongoing COVID infections within the academy, including symptom checking and cardiac screening where appropriate

·       Oversee all academy concussion cases from u9-u21 including doctor clearance prior to stage 2 and stage 5 and ensuring that baseline SCAT and IMPACT tests are completed

·       Act as Academy Covid-19 medical-officer to co-ordinate protocols and responses where there are positive cases.

·       Provide regular cover for Under 18s games and cover where appropriate for Under 21 games. 

·       Provide oversight on academy mental health issues including follow up, ongoing support and referral where appropriate. Liaising with safeguarding, player care and performance psychology.

·       Organise cardiac screening for u15s and scholars. Review all cardiac questionnaires and co-ordinate additional screening for follow up scans and relevant international players with the club cardiologist. 

·       Implement medicines management policy within academy allowing for common medications to be stocked upstairs and dispensed appropriately with documentation.

·       Co-ordinate academy blood screening programmes in conjunction with Nutritionist and PL recommendations. 

·       Co-ordinate academy supplementation in conjunction with Nutritionist

·       Interpret and manage blood testing results 

·       Co-ordinate academy vaccination programmes where appropriate as per PL handbook e.g., Hepatitis B screening and 3 course vaccinations, influenza, covid (where appropriate)

·       Ensuring trauma bags are appropriately stocked as per PL regulations including ordering and regular checking of medications and kit

·       Responsible for the preparation for the Emergency Action Plan at all Academy Home games

·       Lead academy trauma moulage scenarios on a weekly basis

·       Provide back-up cover as tunnel doctor for 1st team games 

·       Provide cross cover if 1st team doctor absent

·       Produce and oversee the Academy Injury Audit

·       Utilise the PMA and ensure that all necessary medical records are maintained

·       Liaise with staff from other departments on the development of each player as part of the 6-12 weekly multidisciplinary review process 

·       Contribute to the Academy internal CPD programme and engage in all external CPD as required by your role and to maintain your professional licence



·       Working autonomously to an agreed level and in the best interests of the Academy

·       Forging positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders to benefit the Academy 

·       Being visible to all internal and external stakeholders and supporting key staff when liaising with parents at critical moments 

·       Championing all Club and Academy policy through ensuring best practice in areas such as safeguarding, health and safety and equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the coaching department 

·       Living the values of the Club and championing our culture to help deliver the Academy performance plan and ultimately the vision of the Academy and the Club



·       Championing innovative and emerging best practice through accessing internal and external sources of expertise to help contribute to ongoing personal development and the overall Academy programme

·       Engaging in the Academy staff development programme and attending all CPD events 

·       Participating in all external CPD to ensure compliance with PL, EFL and NGB standards



·       Medical Practitioner registered with the GMC

·       MSc/Diploma in Sports Medicine or working towards

·       ATTMiF qualification or equivalent

·       Safeguarding children certificate 

·       DBS check with children’s barred list check

·       UK Driving License



·       Experience of working in elite sport

·       Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team to support player development



·       Experience of working in a football Academy



·       Understands the current Academy system and professional football culture and landscape  

·       Possesses an applied knowledge of EPPP standards and working practices  

·       Understands how a long-term, holistic development programme is structured 

·       Understands the function of each facet in a multi-disciplinary team in an Academy 

·       Possesses a demonstrable knowledge of health and safety policy and best practice 

·       Possesses a demonstrable knowledge of safeguarding policy and best practice 

·       Possesses a strong awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion



·       Uses accurate and age-appropriate medical content 

·       Communicates using a variety of methods and using an age-appropriate vocabulary 

·       Able to justify and reflect on their practice and beliefs 

·       Builds positive relationships with the players, staff and all stakeholders 

·       Demonstrates outstanding listening, verbal and written communication skills 

·       Competent with modern technologies that support the performance of their duties 

·       Competent user of the performance management application (PMA)



·       Inspires others and is a positive role model 

·       Is personable and able to connect and build relationships with others easily 

·       Demands high standards and has an attention to detail 

·       Shares the vision and values of the Academy and is motivated to achieve its objectives

·       Aligns with the Academy playing and coaching philosophy 

·       Takes a long-term view of player development and align with the Academy approach to winning

·       Possesses a passion for talent development and are motivated to work with young players 

·       Able to work in a high-profile environment with regular media coverage and public interest 

·       Is responsible and acts in the best interests of the Academy 

·       Is open minded, innovative, and willing to explore new ideas/concepts 

·       Enjoys facing challenges and have the resilience and resourcefulness to see complex tasks through 

·       Is proactive and able to identify and mitigate risks

·       Is a collaborator and relishes the opportunity to work alongside others to overcome challenges and achieve goals

·       Willing to share their knowledge experience as part of a community of practice 

·       Able to work with players, staff and other stakeholders of varying ages, experience, backgrounds, and cultures 

·       Committed to personal development and continuous improvement 

·       Possesses a strong work ethic and are motivated to be the best they can be

·       Able to promote the positive image of the Academy and the Club



As we are a diverse organisation that respects differences in race, ethnicity, religion or belief(s), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or with regards to pregnancy or maternity, we welcome all applications. We want everyone to feel valued and included in the football community and to achieve their full potential. Leeds United is opposed to any form of discrimination and commits itself to the redress of any inequalities by taking positive action where appropriate.


Leeds United FC are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and expect all staff to share this commitment. All staff, whatever their role will receive safeguarding training and will be expected to champion the culture of 'safeguarding is everybody's responsibility'.