Lead Academy Physiotherapist

Term:                                         Permanent

Department:                           Academy

Location:                                   Wast Hills Training Ground

Salary:                                       Competitive​

Hours of Work:                      ​Hours are set to meet the needs of the business but are a minimum of 37.5 hours per week.

Application closing date:    ​Due to the urgency of filling this vacancy, suitable candidates will be interviewed as and when they apply and the role will be closed as soon as a suitable candidate has been sourced.



  • To work closely and collaboratively with the First Team medical department and Chief Medical Officer to ensure a joined-up approach to the medical provision.
  • To support the Head of Sports Science and Medicine in leading the physiotherapy provision across the Academy programme, aiding the CPD of junior members of staff.
  • To deputise for the Head of Sports Science and Medicine where needed.
  • Communicate and promote the Academy culture creating an elite environment for the development of young players.
  • Have consistently high standards.
  • Communicate and engage with staff/players/parents/guardians where appropriate.
  • Attend all club and departmental professional development events.
  • Actively engage in a fully functioning competency framework and integrated appraisal process.
  • Monitor the wellbeing of Academy players at all times liaising with the Safeguarding Services Manager.
  • Ensure compliance with all the Policies and Procedures contained within the Staff Handbook, paying particular regard to Equality & Diversity, Safeguarding and Health & Safety Policies and procedures at all times.


  • To ensure that medical notes are confidential as well as completed and uploaded to the PMA system within 24 hours.
  •  Oversee assessment and management of injuries and illnesses to the academy, including relevant referral to internal and external health professionals
  • Accurate recording of all injuries on the PMA system.
  •  Maintain a comprehensive database of work conducted with athletes and coaches on the PMA and One Drive. to include current medical status, medical notes, rehabilitation and prehabilitation programmes, medical/orthopaedic/movement screen results, individual physical targets and session content and attendance.
  •  Management, design and implementation (in liaison with Head of Sports Science & Medicine and Academy Doctor) of the medical, orthopaedic and movement screening programmes for Academy players.
  • Coordinate the collation, analysis and feedback relevant medical information to the appropriate Club staff for all Academy players. This is to include updates on injured players, rehabilitation programmes, return to train/play dates and injury audits (but must respect and abide by medical confidentiality laws
  • Management and dissemination of individual injury minimisation programmes.
  • Liaison with the Academy Player Recruitment team concerning appropriate medical information and consents for all Academy trialists.
  • Conduct appropriate screening of trialists to assist with player recruitment.
  • Oversee and management of medical cover for training and match day fixtures for all the academy.
  • Contribution to the player performance reviews within the PMA.
  • Work effectively with other support staff and services, including doctors/sport science services, to provide an integrated approach to performance enhancement.
  • Attendance at all team meetings and active inclusion in discussions.
  • Design and implementation (in liaison with Head of Sports Science & Medicine and Academy Doctor) of an Emergency Action Plan for each site that training/matches occur (where we are the “home” team).
  • Identify areas for development and work closely with the Academy Management Team, Sports Science & Medical Team & Multi-Disciplinary Teams to ensure necessary performance standards are met and developed. 


  • Lead on the management of injuries for PDP players, in liaison with the Head of Academy Sports Science & Medicine, Academy Doctor and First Team Physiotherapists.
  • Contribute to and monitor the management of the injuries to all academy players, where necessary.
  • Ensure the provision of medical cover for training and match day fixtures for our PDP squads.
  • Assist the Head of Academy Performance with the recruitment of physiotherapy work placement students and full-time, part-time physiotherapists. 
  • Coordinate resources including staffing so that departmental obligations are met.
  • Assist in managing team members
  • Any other duties as deemed necessary by your Line Manager or Head of Department within the scope of the role.



Essential Requirements

  • BSc in Physiotherapy.
  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
  • HCPC registered Physiotherapist or equivalent.
  • FA Advanced Trauma and Medical Management in Football (ATMMiF).
  • FA Child Welfare qualification. Current DBS clearance.

    Desirable Requirements​

  • MSc in Sports Medicine/working towards.
  • Certificate in strapping & taping.


    Essential Requirements

  • Understanding of the Elite Player Performance Plan and the PMA application.
  • Demonstrates desire to work within an elite football academy environment.
  • Forward thinking mindset to developing the department and programme.
  • Experience managing paediatric MSK injuries.
  • Experience in leadership.

    Knowledge and Skills

    Essential Requirements​

  • A minimum of 2-3 years post BSc qualification experience.
  • Experience of working with adolescents within a sporting environment.
  • Good understanding of paediatric injuries and management.
  • Good clinical reasoning.
  • Good in working well in a multidisciplinary team in the delivery of medical services
  • Good range of treatment and rehabilitation skills.
  • Experience of using data & medical management systems to ensure the secure and efficient storage of data & confidential information.
  • Experience of working in pressurised situations and to deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and IT skills.

    Personal Requirements

  • Uses initiative.
  • Effective communicator.
  • Ability to adapt and change at short notice.

    Terms of Appointment ​

  • 37.5 hours per week.
  • 20 days annual leave (rising by 1 day per completed year of service, up to a maximum of 25 days, plus 8 statutory bank holidays).
  • 6-month probation period.

Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the Community. We will consider applications solely based on merit regardless of gender, race, marital status, age, nationality, ethnic or national origins, disability, sexual orientation, political or religious belief, background, or family circumstance.

Birmingham City FC promotes a diverse and inclusive working environment, and we welcome applications from all individuals in society. If you have any particular requirements or need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment or interview process, please mention this in your application.

All candidates are required to complete our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment Survey using the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/ymR2zBpuNf. The survey will take approximately 1 minute to complete, is completely voluntary and you can respond with “prefer not to say” to any questions that you do not feel comfortable in answering. All responses will remain anonymous, and we will use the information collected to review our recruitment processes and ensure we continue to encourage a diverse and inclusive working environment to help us achieve our equality objectives.