Head Physiotherapist: Glasgow City FC

Job Purpose: To lead the medical support services for First Team players and deliver a first class provision that focuses on injury prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation and to oversee and support the Glasgow City Academy.

Role Responsibilities & Key Duties:

  1. To provide physiotherapy services to all first team players and support the players within the Glasgow City Performance Academy.
  2. To promote and protect the health and well-being of all players.
  3. To monitor and assess all players for their fitness and injury status to train or play on a daily, weekly and annual basis, using evidence-based processes in line with the clubs wider physical development plan.
  4. To assess, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate all injuries and illnesses, analysing and designing the safest and quickest strategy to ensure player availability for training and games.
  5. To be responsible for pitch-side assessment and treatment of players during training and matches.
  6. To provide injury rehabilitation training of players, in conjunction with the Head of Sports Science & Medicine, Lead Sport Scientist and Club Doctor in preparation for return to play.
  7. To communicate injury status, rehabilitation strategies and return to training projections to the management team and attend weekly meetings with the club sport science and medical staff.
  8. To arrange and undertake pre-registration medical screenings and muscular-skeletal examinations, in conjunction with the Club Doctor and Head of Sports Science & Medicine.
  9. To maintain accurate and updated medical records of all First Team players and manage a database regarding player records, injury history and progress.
  10. To conduct an audit of injuries and provide Board-level reports on a twice-yearly basis to inform practice and the future direction of the Club’s Science and Medicine department.
  11. To ensure the Club and players are compliant with all medical and anti-doping guidelines, rules and regulations of the governing bodies.
  12. To ensure all medical supplies and equipment are fully stocked, replenished and secured as required.
  13. To liaise with medical staff of international players to ensure they are managed appropriately whilst away on international duty.
  14. To liaise with other football club medical staff of loan players to ensure they are informed whilst on loan.
  15. To manage the medical budget for all diagnoses and treatments, as agreed with the Board.
  16. To assist in ensuring the football department attains criteria in line with the club’s performance strategy and football governing bodies requirements.
  17. To manage and liaise with club and academy sports therapists.
  18. To undertake appropriate professional development to keep abreast of industry best practice and share best practice with other members of the Club’s Medicine & Science department.


  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree (essential)
  • Postgraduate qualification specialising in physiotherapy or sports and exercise medicine (desirable)
  • Soft tissue therapy qualification (desirable)
  • Qualified member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) (essential)
  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (essential)
  • First Aid in Sport qualification (essential)
  • Pitchside Resuscitation of Medical or Trauma Injuries qualification (desirable)
  • Accreditation or degree in strength and conditioning, sports rehabilitation or similar (desirable)
  • Valid professional indemnity insurance cover (essential)
  • Valid (full) UK driver licence (essential)

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Minimum of 4 years clinical experience (essential)
  • Experience in the provision of medical services to elite athletes, which includes work with high performance teams or squads (essential)
  • Working experience in the support and preparation of developing elite athletes, with specific expertise in injury diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation (essential)
  • Experience working within a multidisciplinary team, working with sports science, strength and conditioning, nutrition, psychology, and performance analysis to aid the rehabilitation process (desirable)
  • Experience in the provision of pitch-side medical assessment and treatment, including emergency sports trauma (essential)
  • Experience in the design and delivery of injury rehabilitation (essential)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of football and medical governing body regulations, including anti-doping regulations (essential)
  • Research and development experience in injury prevention and rehabilitation (desirable)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to use a variety of communication tools (verbal, written, digital) (essential)
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills (essential)
  • IT skills to include the ability to use performance analysis software and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and Outlook) (essential)
  • Experience using data and technology such as GPS, Isokinetic Dynamometry, Force Plates or similar to inform assessments and rehabilitation (desirable)

Attitude & Behaviours

  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines (essential)
  • A genuine team player (essential)
  • A reliable individual (essential)

Personal Qualities

  • Displays a high level of discretion and maintains strict confidentiality (essential)
  • Personable with an ability to build individual relationships (essential)
  • Hardworking and enthusiastic (essential)
  • Analytical and precise (essential)
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances (essential)
  • Loyal and committed (essential)

Role: Permanent/Full Time. The role will be in accordance with the First Team training and fixture schedule along with providing support to the Glasgow City Performance Academy. Due to the nature of the post, evening and weekend work will be required.

Salary: Subject to qualification and experience.

The Company is an equal opportunities employer. The Company does not tolerate less favourable treatment of any employee or job applicant on any ground, including but not limited to gender, marital status, race, racial origin, nationality, national origin, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, membership or non-membership of a Trade Union, pregnancy, childbirth, political affiliation, relationships in the workplace, or any other prejudice.

Applicants should send their CV and covering letter to laura.montgomery@glasgowcityfc.co.uk

Date published: 10 January 2022
Date updated: 10 January 2022


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