THE ENGLISH INSTITUTE OF SPORT (EIS):
The EIS exists to deliver outstanding performance – impacting support that enables UK High Performance System sports and athletes to excel.
The EIS is the world’s leading provider of Sports Science, Medicine, Technology and Innovation to high performance sport. It is unlike any other organisation in high performance sport, with an unrivalled network of experts in their fields delivering people-first solutions to over 40 Olympic and Paralympic Sports. Established in 2002, and now a wholly owned subsidiary of UK Sport, the EIS has been providing support to Olympic and Paralympic sports for almost 20 years and is now one of the largest organisations in high performance sport globally.
At the EIS we have around 400 high performing and highly motivated staff and work in a complex environment of external stakeholder relationships. The EIS sits in a pivotal role in the UK within high performance sport. On a day-to-day basis EIS people provide outstanding support services to sports in our elite training centres. It is also at the heart of leading innovation across sport as well as being a key voice in the world of sports science and technical and medical challenges that will face our world of sport over the coming years; mental health, doping, safeguarding, concussion – to name just a few.
This role will be working with multiple sports primarily (but not exclusively) supporting Swimming, Pentathlon, Skeleton and Wheelchair Fencing.
This role offers an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced physiotherapist to deliver athlete health services across several World Class programmes (WCP), including those in Paralympic sports. This role will provide highly advanced and specialised musculoskeletal physiotherapy support services working collaboratively across multiple interdisciplinary support teams and will be accountable for supporting the development of athlete health services in invested WCP’s. The post holder will be required to facilitate solutions to complex performance challenges to optimise athlete health and maximise availability for performance.
Contract: Fixed term to 31 March 2023.
Hours of Work: Such hours as necessary to carry out your duties. This role will involve a minimum of 22.5 hours per week across Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It may include working outside normal office hours at evenings and weekends and on Public Holidays. This role may also require occasional domestic/overseas travel demands.
Location: The normal place of work is Sports Training Village, University of Bath, however the EIS may require you to travel to and work at other offices and sporting venues nationally and internationally.
Accountable for improving performance through supporting the implementation, evaluation, and development of world-leading athlete health services across multiple sports.
Evaluating a diverse range of data and intelligence, the role will collaborate with sports to prioritise and manage systems, projects, and research to mitigate injury and illness risk aligned to performance goals and aspirational targets for designated athletes.
Work closely and collaboratively when appropriate, with the Performance Directors, Head Coaches, and the Heads of Performance Support to align health and performance strategic planning and coordinated delivery with relevant sports
Ensure that the science and medicine practitioners operate as an efficient, connected support team, ensuring an inter-disciplinary approach to optimise athlete health across all stakeholders.
Lead and manage the operational delivery of the multi-sport physiotherapy service in Bath.
Collaboratively support and provide clinical supervision to practitioners across Bath-based performance support teams.
Provide highly advanced musculoskeletal services for athletes using specialist knowledge from extensive theoretical and practical experience in performance sport. Ensure an expert standard of clinical care for athletes acquired through advanced, or masters level post graduate study supplemented by continuous development and reflection on clinical experience.
Lead the design and management of advanced and highly specialised rehabilitation services in collaboration with the interdisciplinary athlete support team, coaches, and athletes to optimise athlete availability for training and competition.
When required, support innovative, performance-focussed, and evidence-based approaches to improve ‘return to performance’ outcomes across invested WCPs.
Act in a specialist consultancy role to support the management of complex presentations across WCPs.
Accountability for the planning and management of immediate emergency medical and trauma care situations in the training and competition environment domestically and overseas.
Provide a primary point of contact for named athletes across invested WC programmes for medical coordination and delivery relating to Athlete Health in the UK and overseas in serviced programmes.
Be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of delivery, working within professional standards and clinical guidelines.
Perform a leading role in assuring medical governance standards to safeguard athlete physical and mental health.
Play a leading role in facilitating cross-sport learning and accelerated development across the high-performance system through collaboration and the sharing of knowledge, experience, and expertise.
Comply with organisational and professional codes of conduct, standards, policies, and guidelines.
Embed equality, diversity and inclusion values and principles in all ways of working and in the delivery of the Performance Planning Strategy.
Whilst not a regular part of the role, on occasions the candidate may be requested to work independently at training and competition locations both nationally and internationally, making autonomous triage and primary care decisions and having responsibility for managing complex medical presentations beyond, or alongside immediate sport injury/trauma management and rehabilitation.
The candidate will be a technically exceptional clinician who is able to adapt their style and approach across multiple stakeholders tailoring holistic care to a diverse athlete cohort. They should be an expert communicator and facilitator, be able to lead and follow in equal measure and demonstrate a high level of emotional intelligence.