Lead Academy Doctor

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

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We’re looking for a highly skilled Lead Academy Doctor to work as part of our multi-disciplinary medical, coaching and sport-science team.

Job Role Summary

Job TitleLead Academy Doctor
LocationWolverhampton, United Kingdom, Europe
FunctionSports Science & MedicineDoctor
Employment TermsPermanent, Full Time
Closing DateClosing date and time for applications passed

Job Role Details

DEPARTMENT: Academy / First Team Medical
REPORTS TO: Club Doctor with dotted line to Head of Academy
LOCATION: Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground
HOURS: 32 hours per wk - variable to cover the post specific requirements as detailed below
DATE: March 2020

We are Wolves. Progressive, determined, bright, unified and humble. A pack that is hungry for success. Wolves is one of the fastest growing professional football clubs in the UK, and also boasts one of the richest histories in the beautiful game.

Formed in 1877, Wolves was a founder member of the Football League, and was one of the country's most successful sides in the fifties and sixties. During a two decade spell the Black Country's most decorated side won three First Division titles and one of its four FA Cups.

Fast forward to 2020, where an incredible two seasons at Molineux has seen Wolves clinch the SkyBet Championship trophy with 99 points, followed by a seventh-place finish in the Premier League,which included memorable wins over Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal.

But at Wolves it is all about what we will do, not what we have done.

We don't simply look to the future, we seize it.We take seriously our commitment to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and to ensuring that Wolves is free from discrimination and harassment.

Specific Requirements – Hours of work amounting to 8.0 sessions per week (4 full days)

U23 home matches 17 matches a year (equivalent to 0.3 sessions per week), should the club qualify for the Champions League then in Group Stages the doctor will also cover home games and travel to away games(0.2 sessions per week) (be present 1.5 hours prior to kick off and to remain until all training and anti-doping has been completed.

First team matchday medical co-ordinator all Premier League games and All Europa/Champions League games at home and away in CL for U23, all match day-1 training sessions for visiting teamsapprox. 50 games a year across all competitions; equivalent to 1 match-day clinical session a week(be present 1.5 hours prior to kick off and to remain until all training and anti-doping has been completed.

Development, practice and provision of the Club's medical emergency action plan (MEAP) for Match Day to co-ordinate with the MEAP for Compton and for Travel and to organise and deliver joint training with the paramedic team and stretcher team at Molineux.

Five consulting clinical sessions a week; Monday afternoon or evening, Tuesday morning,Wednesday afternoon or morning as required, Friday morning and either Saturday of Sunday morning depending on fixtures at 4 hours per session to provide sports medicine and general medical services to U23 and loan group players and when requested to first team and U18 players.

When the first team doctor is otherwise involved in Head of Department activities to be available for prescribing, dispensing, scanning, consulting and providing other advice to first team therapists.

To advise the Academy on all other relevant medical matters, including planned foreign travel,cardiac screening, concussion testing, immunisations, injury prevention, pre-signing medicals, return to play decisions and referrals for specialist opinions.

Additional duties amounting to 1.5 sessions per week

At least one training camp per year, normally 5-7 days either in preseason or season, and if first team doctor is absent on similar training camp then to assume all responsibilities at Compton.Provide or facilitate access to all necessary medical services for the team when travelling with the team.

If required reconnaissance trips to assess suitability of hotels, venues and training grounds, or cover for first team doctor whilst these assessments are made; may amount to 10-14 days travel per year.

For an average of 1 night a week and particularly when first team doctor is absent to be 'On call', out of hours for the professional players for acute illness and to provide 'immediately necessary'assessment and advice to facilitate best access to emergency services for their households. This service is very rarely needed and generally amounts to telephone advice.

To attend consultations with players from Academy and first team with specialists, in the UK and elsewhere in Europe as required from time to time, or to cover the first team doctor if they are absent.

To undertake pre-signing medicals for academy and first team players in the UK and abroad from time to time and to cover the first team doctor in their absence

To always be available to cover the whole of the final day of any transfer window

To contribute to the process of interviewing and appointing therapists and other members of the Academy medical team when asked.

To be available at any time when asked, to cover a re-arranged game or to cover sickness absence ofeither of the other team doctors and to shadow the current first team doctor so that if needed this role could be undertaken.

Annual leave provision to be agreed with the first team doctor at least three months in advance and to be split between the season and close season but not to include time in pre-season or to clash with fixtures.

Key Responsibilities

- To work as part of a multi-disciplinary medical, coaching and sport-science team in the prevention and management of sports related injury and illness.

- To provide advices to the players, medical team, coaches, sport scientists and international teams of a player's fitness to attend training and fitness for selection for matches in relation to intercurrent illness or injury.

- To communicate effectively with players, parents and external services (NHS or Private) to help ensure access to prompt and appropriate GP or specialist health care as needed.

- To diagnose and manage illness and injury amongst players of all ages and to provide an excellent standard of medical care.

- To maintain professional standards including the keeping of paper and electronic medical records in accordance with GMC standards.

- To ensure safe provision of medical services in accordance with best practice and current GMC and CQC requirements.

- To liaise with the welfare group and sport psychologists to help deliver an appropriate level of care for the mental and emotional welfare of players of all ages.

- To provide a high level of Advanced Trauma and Medical Management in Football (ATMMiF)provision and medical emergency action planning (MEAP) for training and home games andMEAP for away games and tournaments for all Academy teams and for the first team.

- To regularly check and maintain appropriate equipment and medicines provided by the Club to support ATMMiF.

- To be familiar with FA doping control practices and laws and the substances and methods that are prohibited in and out of competition, and to adhere to the rules.

- To refer players to NHS and private specialist services for advice on diagnosis and management of illness or injury as clinically appropriate.

- Delivery of education to staff and players on health-related issues as appropriate (such as concussion recognition and management).

- Maintenance of relevant personal professional development plan and continuing professional development to an appropriate standard (PPDP and CPD); to be reviewed at least annually with the Club Doctor and Head of Medical Services.

- To be familiar with, and deliver the FA and Premier League guidance and regulations in the following regulated/guided areas of medical practice:
o Cardiac Health and Screening (and Ultralinq)
o Concussion Guidelines (and ImPACT testing)
o Blood borne viruses, testing and immunisation

- Annual medical examinations Youth Development Rules, Appendix 4 and UEFA competition rules.

- FIFA and Premier League guidance on training and playing in heat.

- Mental and Emotional welfare programmes.

- Safeguarding requirements.

- To undertake pre-season assessments and pre-signing medicals on all club players as agreed with the first team doctor/HOMS.

General responsibilities

- Compliance with Club policies

- Compliance with the Club's health and safety procedure

- Compliance with the Club's safeguarding policies

- To promote the Club's values

- To work consistently to embed equality & diversity into the Club

- To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably expected

- To maintain professional conduct at all times


- This role involves working with children and/or vulnerable adults in a Regulated Activity (or in close proximity to children and/or vulnerable adults). This means that the post-holder is required to apply all relevant policies and uphold the Club's commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people.

Key relationships

- Head of Academy
- Club Doctor
- Sporting Director
- Player Care Manager

Person Specification

Knowledge: the level and breadth of knowledge to do the job e.g. understanding of a defined system,method or procedure, legal or regulatory frameworks etc


- Specialist knowledge in SEM practice at an elite level

- Knowledge of the therapeutic options available to an SEM practitioner

- Knowledge of the conditions that commonly affect youth footballers at different stages of physical and psychological development and training

- The ability to recognise, diagnose, manage, explain and best prevent MSK conditions

- Knowledge of the league and FA regulations as applicable to youth football as laid down in the Premier League Youth Development Rules, and Appendix 4 and Section O of the Premier League Handbook, and published FA guidelines such as the concussion guidelines

- Knowledge of the Premier League Rules as laid down in Section O as apply to provision of medical care

- A clear understanding of your duty of care to your patients and the ability to understand, weigh and appropriately advise on the management of the risks inherent in competitive sport.


- Generalist knowledge as a GP experienced in family practice

Technical/work-based skills: skills specific to the job e.g. language competence, typing skills, coaching skills etc


- IT competence in Club systems

- Ability to assess acute on field injuries and to manage appropriately

- Ability to assess MSK symptoms, elicit signs and take an appropriate history, reach a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan with input from other members of the MDT

- MSK ultrasound skills for examination of muscles, tendons and joints

- Ability to aspirate and inject large joints (shoulder, knee, ankle) under ultrasound guidance and theknowledge of when and when not to consider such interventions

- Competence in other MSK Ultrasound guided techniques such as dry needling, PRP injections

- Knowledge of the appropriate medicines to carry in a doctor's bag and emergency bag, and of their governance in terms of legislation and regulations

- Experience of work as matchday medical co-ordinator in football

- Experience using the IMPACT system for computerised neuro cognitive testing

- Experience of identifying suspected concussion from video analysis

- Familiarity with sourcing and delivering appropriate medical advice and planning for taking teams abroad

- Additional European languages, particularly Spanish or Portuguese


- Familiarity with Medson Track prescribing system

General skills and attributes: more general characteristics e.g. flexibility, communication skills, team working


- Ability to listen to and communicate with others in appropriate language at appropriate times

- Ability to deliver clinical assessment and interventions within the constraints of the sporting environment

- A willingness to improve the service provided within your team

- Understanding of how to work safely with children and/or vulnerable adults and uphold generally accepted practice when working with those participants

- Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with a multi-disciplinary team in sport; supported by examples and references

- Promote, adhere to and implement the Club's Equality Policy and to work consistently to embed equality and diversity within Club

- Excellent communication skills – written and verbal

- Understanding of how to work safely with children and/or vulnerable adults and uphold generally accepted practice when working with those participants

- Promote, adhere to and implement the Club's Equality Policy and to work consistently to embed equality and diversity within Club

-The ability to manage a friendly, cheerful, positive and open demeanour while maintaining a sufficient degree of professional distance

Experience: proven record of experience in a particular field, profession or specialism.


- Independent practice in SEM environment

- SEM work in elite sport at either senior or youth level


- Experience of SEM work in elite football

Qualifications: the level of educational, professional and/or occupational training required


- License to practice in the UK as an independent practitioner; (GMC specialist or GP register) with either a diploma or masters in SEM or SEM specialist register.

- ATMMiF qualification or equivalent with evidence of annual refresher as required by PL regulations(Section O). Annual training will be supported by the Club.

- Post-holder must hold or obtain at the earliest opportunity the relevant safeguarding training (i.e.FA Safeguarding Children Workshop)

- Post-holder will be subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level and cleared by the Wolves Safeguarding Manager

- CASE accredited ultrasound qualification in diagnostic ultrasound

- Indemnified under SEMPRIS for the provision of SEM services in the UK


- RFU / World Rugby training modules on concussion management for elite matchday medical staff and concussion protocols for matchday medical staff

- Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners

How To Apply

Please complete our application form and diversity monitoring form, then email them to jobs@wolves.co.uk

Please include the job reference code in the subject line

JOB REF: MP-151-30032020

For safeguarding reasons, we are unable to progress candidates who have not applied with our application form. Thank you.

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