Senior Rehabilitation Physiotherapist & phD candidate

Sports Science, Medicine & Health
Dublin , Ireland
Full Time
Competitive
18 / 12
The department is looking to recruit an additional senior physiotherapist to deliver clinical services and enter into phD candidature as part of the expanding team within the SSC Research Programme.

Full description

SSC Sports Medicine’s mission is to be the world’s leading diagnostic, rehabilitation and clinical research centre in orthopaedic and sports injury and health. The department is looking to recruit an additional senior physiotherapist to deliver clinical services and enter into phD candidature as part of the expanding team within the SSC Research Programme.

SSC Sports Medicine is part of the Sports Surgery Clinic, Europe’s leading private Orthopaedic hospital. SSC Sports Medicine resides in a 14,000 sq ft purpose built facility currently seeing over 300 patients a day. The department has been designed to allow for the highest standard of analysis and rehabilitation with two VICON 3D biomechanics laboratories, embedded Woodway treadmills, 8 lifting platforms including 2 with force plates and video feedback and one with a full VICON camera set, visual distraction retraining technology along with a full exercise physiology and concussion assessment suite including ECG and Cortex Metalysers.

The current SSC Sports Medicine team is comprised of a staff of over 60 personnel including Administration, Consultant Sports Physicians, Physiotherapists, Biomechanics, Research, Nursing and Strength and Conditioning staff. The team is a dynamic multidisciplinary group with world class expertise in the areas of diagnostics, biomechanics, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning focussed at delivering rehabilitation and conditioning to athletes of all levels from recreational to elite across all aspects or musculoskeletal injury. In addition the team both conceptualise, plan and deliver a large multi stream research program across multiple aspects of rehabilitation and performance which continue to improve evidence base practice in the area as well and constantly evolve service provision.

It is expected that the successful applicants will manage a mixed caseload but have specific interest in the area of athletic groin pain. SSC has published extensively on patients with athletic groin pain including a series of 3 papers recently published in BJSM and has supported 3 phD candidates through research in the area. The department sees over 400 patients for rehabilitation annually including international residential athletes. It is intended that successful candidate will investigate clinical and biomechanical outcomes after rehabilitation of athletic groin pain as part of a multi centre RCT.

Please email a copy of your CV and covering letter to the HR team.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 18th December 2019

Job Title

Senior Rehabilitation Physiotherapist

Accountability

The Physiotherapist reports and is accountable to the Head of Rehabilitation.

Qualifications

The candidate must possess the following:

  • Bachelors of Science (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy or equivalent
  • Masters in Manipulative Therapy, Sports Physiotherapy or Strength and Conditioning
  • At least 5 years post graduate experience in elite football or rugby

Experience and Competencies

Essential Criteria:

  • Demonstrate flexibility and openness to change
  • Demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify potential difficulties and formulate solutions
  • Demonstrate clinical knowledge and evidence based practice experience in the area of athletic groin pain

Desired Criteria:

  • Be a member of the Irish society of Chartered Physiotherapists
  • Have CORU registration
  • Have completed UKSCA accreditation ( or pass within 6 months of starting )
  • Have published in a peer reviewed publication
  • Be able to plan, prioritise and manage a workload
  • Be able to evaluate information and make effective decisions on patient care
  • Display the ability to use supervision/feedback effectively
  • Be able to work effectively within and as part of a team
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and proven written and verbal communication abilities in the English language
  • Have strong IT skills
  • Show commitment to continuous professional development.

Outline of Roles and Responsibilities

The Physiotherapist will be expected to take responsibility for the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of patients. In addition, the Physiotherapist will be expected to practise within the policies and procedures set out by the Sports Surgery Clinic. The Physiotherapist will be required to possess a clear understanding and commitment to the ethos and philosophy of the Sports Surgery Clinic.

Clinical Responsibilities

The Physiotherapist will:

  • Carry a clinical caseload appropriate to the post
  • Assess patients and develop, implement and re-assess individualised treatment and rehabilitation plans that are consistent with best practice.
  • Maintain high and professional standards of practice
  • Work in co-operation and communicate effectively (both verbally and written) with other team members and external referrers.
  • Document patient records in accordance with professional standards and Sports Surgery Clinic standards.
  • Consult with senior members of staff when required.
  • Operate within the scope of practice of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and the European Core Standards of Physiotherapy practice
  • Be familiar with and abide by the Patient’s Charter and treat every patient as an individual in terms of courtesy, kindness, efficiency, privacy and confidentiality.
  • Have a flexible approach to work so that urgent and walk in cases can be facilitated as necessary.
  • Participate in evening, weekend, bank holiday services as required.

General Responsibilities

The Physiotherapist will:

  • Maintain effective communication with other disciplines and groups.
  • Participate in audits as required.
  • Attend meetings and sit on committees as required
  • Take responsibility for keeping the department in general and their work area clean, tidy and safe.
  • Carry out such duties appropriate to the office as may be assigned by the Head of Rehabilitation or Sports Surgery Clinic Management.
  • Promote and maintain a high level of staff morale hence promoting team spirit and job satisfaction among Physiotherapists.
  • Participate in Sports Surgery Clinic training programmes.
  • Keep up to date with current techniques and developments in Physiotherapy showing evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of internal and external education programmes
  • Participate as requested in the induction and guidance of new staff to the Clinic.
  • Promote good relationships with other key members of the clinic staff by exercising attitudes which convey an understanding and awareness of the wider function of the clinic.

Health & Safety Responsibilities

The Physiotherapist will:

  • Take part in routine inspections of equipment and quality assurance procedures.
  • Report all defects or potential defects in equipment which may affect safety to the Department Head.
  • Deal with incidents and accidents in accordance with the Sports Surgery Clinic policy and to accurately record and report detail.
  • Ensure safe professional practice for oneself and others by adhering to legislation, regulations and standards.
  • Ensure safe professional practice in relation to the care and safety of any equipment used at the Sports Surgery Clinic.
  • Actively contribute to the process of clinical risk management and take appropriate action.

The successful candidate will be required to up-date their knowledge and skills to fit the changing requirements of the post. Therefore, this Job Description is an outline of the current broad areas of responsibility and accountability and should not be regarded as a comprehensive listing. This job description may be subject to review and amendment to meet the changing needs of the service.

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