Lead Sports Physiotherapist

Salary Unspecified
Payment type Unspecified
Region Overseas
Contract type Permanent contract
Closing date
Hours Full-time
Type of employer Private provider
Name of employer UPMC in Ireland
Workplace Sports Medicine Facility, WIT Arena

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Vacancy details

Overview of the Post

UPMC presently provides high level sports injury management through tertiary referral sports surgery and orthopaedic clinics at UPMC in Ireland sites. To support this referral pathway, a UPMC Sports Medicine Program is being developed that will initially serve the South East region, but which will progress to a national scale through a network model. The first dedicated UPMC Sports Medicine facility for diagnosing and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries will be located onsite at the WIT Arena in Waterford.

The Lead Sports Physiotherapist will be responsible for:

  • leadership and management of physiotherapists across the UPMC in Ireland sites;
  • physiotherapy-related aspects of sports science research and orthopaedic outcomes tracking;
  • onsite provision of sports physiotherapy at UPMC Sports Medicine Clinic at WIT Arena.



  • Responsible for the management, staffing, and operations pertaining to all physiotherapy-related activities across UPMC in Ireland 
  • Assist in the development and improvement of evidence-based protocols for all areas of physiotherapy within UPMC Sports Medicine and UPMC Orthopaedic Care
  • Spearhead the implementation and adoption of a physiotherapy electronic patient management system across all UPMC in Ireland sites
  • Close collaboration and monthly updates with UPMC in Pittsburgh colleagues; visits to Pittsburgh as required for purpose of service/competency development
  • Lead all physiotherapy-related aspects of sports science research and orthopaedic outcomes tracking
  • Responsible for equipment used in carrying out physiotherapy duties, and to adhere to the departmental health and safety policy.  This must include competence to use the equipment and to ensure the safe use of equipment by others through teaching, training and supervision of practice, including manual handling in line with the UPMC Whitfield policy
  • Be aware of the health and safety aspects of your work and implement any policies which may be required to improve the safety of your work area, including the prompt reporting and recording of accidents.
  • Immediately report any clinical incident, complete an incident form and action any recommendations to prevent recurrence.
  • ·Adhere to all UPMC policies.


  • To fulfil the role of a chartered physiotherapist in the assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of all injuries; with particular focus and expertise in sports rehabilitation
  • Be actively involved in an interdisciplinary approach of working within the UPMC Sports Medicine Clinic involving physiotherapist, orthopaedic surgeon, and Sports Medicine Physician
  • To deliver and evaluate the Physiotherapy Service provided throughout the UPMC Sports Medicine Clinic on a day-to-day basis, and contributing to the achievement of service objectives, facilitating change as necessary
  • To plan and organise time to effect the physiotherapy service within a weekly rota whilst planning for extra-ordinary scheduling of treatments if required and guide same for any questions arising from UPMC in Ireland sites
  • To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients, and to organise this efficiently and effectively with regard to clinical priorities and use of time
  • To undertake the comprehensive assessment of patients, including those with complex presentations. 
  • To formulate an appropriate, individual management and/or treatment programme, using clinical reasoning skills, setting objectives, timed measurable goals and ensuring treatment progression with a variety of manual and self-management techniques.
  • To provide spontaneous and planned advice, teaching and instruction to relatives, carers and other professionals to promote understanding of the aims of physiotherapy and to ensure a consistent approach to patient care
  • Apply a high level of understanding of the effects and impact of illness/disability and injury on the patients’ abilities and recommend appropriate lifestyle changes and provide appropriate clinical advice to patients, relatives and carers.

Professional Accountability and Development

  • Represent UPMC at national and international conferences

  • To participate in flexible working hours and location of practice to optimise the availability of the service for patients, including out of hours service as required, often working in isolation.

  • To be a proactive participant in internal and external development opportunities.

  • To demonstrate ongoing personal and professional development through participation in internal and external development opportunities, recording learning outcomes in a portfolio.

  • To develop, implement and maintain high clinical standards, disseminate information and ensure that practice is based on best available evidence.

  • To participate in teaching of the musculoskeletal conditions for physiotherapy staff, assistants and students and for the MDT, and for colleagues working in other clinical areas.

  • To work collaboratively with MDT colleagues across the health and social care services to ensure delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service.

  • To actively participate in the staff appraisal scheme and development of personal development plans as an appraiser  and appraisee.  To be able to identify individual needs for development.  To provide timely and constructive feedback        to others as appropriate and facilitate means to achieve development needs and ensure others do likewise.

  • To undertake the measurement and evaluation of your work and current practices through the use of Evidence Based        practice projects, audit and outcome measures, and to make recommendations for change.

  • To maintain accurate and up to date documentation in line with legal and departmental requirements, including the          production of appropriate reports, letters and treatment summaries

  • To be actively involved in the collection of appropriate data and statistics for the use of the department.

  • To adhere to all of the requirements of the Clinics policies, procedures and guidelines.

  • To undertake an active role in the CHKS or JCI accreditation process as required under the remit of the role

  • As the service needs of the hospital change, the above duties will be subject to change and flexibility.

  • The work performance of the post holder will be appraised during their probationary period and annually thereafter.


Candidate Specification: Skills



  • Hold a Degree in Physiotherapy and be either a member of the Irish or UK Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
  • Extensive injury screening, diagnostic, manual therapy and sports rehabilitation understanding
  • Extensive knowledge in injury prevention methods and recovery strategies
  • Evidence of an extensive and structured CPD portfolio – including post graduate qualifications


  • Post graduate Diploma or MSc in the field of Sports Medicine
  • Previous Research and/or lecture experience in Sports Medicine
  • At least 3 years working in elite or professional sports


  •  At least 8 years working as chartered physiotherapist
  • Significant experience working in a professional sporting club and working in an interdisciplinary sports science and medicine team
  • Significant experience in the delivery of injury diagnosis, treatment and prevention strategies within a sporting environment

General Personal Competencies:

  • Set and maintain high standards of work performance and deliver quality consistently and efficiently
  • Possessing communication skills that are clear, engaging and responsive
  • Have the ability to work in a fast-moving environment
  • Establish relationships and influence key stakeholder groups
  • Managing change and embedding new ways of working
  • Demonstrate a good level of PC literacy
  • Analysis of data reports

This job description is intended to be an outline of the areas of responsibility. As UPMC in Ireland and the post holder develop, this job description may be subject to review in light of the changing needs of the Hospital.



About UPMC

A $21 billion  healthcare provider and insurer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centred, cost-effective, accountable care. Working in close collaboration with the  University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialisation arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International.

Providing high-quality healthcare in the South East since 2006, UPMC’s operations in Ireland now include UPMC Whitfield Hospital in Waterford, UPMC Kildare Hospital in Clane, the UPMC Carlow Outreach Centre, UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre radiotherapy locations at UPMC Whitfield and in Cork, and the UPMC Concussion Network. UPMC is the Official Healthcare Partner of the GAA and GPA.

How to apply

Please send letter of application along with an up-to-date CV to Natalie Moore, HR Coordinator, UPMC Whitfield Hospital, Cork Road, Waterford, or by email to mooren11@upmc.ie.

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