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Job description - casual physiotherapist

Job purpose

To deliver performance physiotherapy support to identified athletes, coaches and sports to improve performance through working as part of an inter-disciplinary team, for a given period of time, when requested either by the Therapies Lead or NGB.

Main duties

  1. Proactively manage, deliver and develop a comprehensive performance focused physiotherapy service which includes, promoting and driving the implementation of innovative and evidence based practical physiotherapy services tailored to the needs of identified athletes and sports.
  2. Facilitate and coordinate immediate responses for injured athletes and monitor ongoing management back to full recovery demonstrating excellent clinical reasoning skills.
  3. Monitor, collect and evaluate information relating to injury and deliver appropriate preventative strategies together with the means of monitoring and evaluating these measures. 
  4. Ensure excellent communication with coaches, athletes and appropriate members of performance services. 
  5. Support the clinical team to ensure that the delivery of physiotherapy services effectively meet the Sport Wales strategies and objectives. 
  6. Where appropriate mentor and coach other physiotherapists. 
  7. Where appropriate liaise with GB practitioners and HCSI’s to deliver a collaborative approach to physiotherapy services across the UK. 
  8. Where agreed provide physiotherapy support at training camps and competitions in the UK or internationally. 
  9. Comply with the rules of the HCPC & CSP Code of Conduct, standards and guidelines, the HCSI professional code and UKAD guidelines. 
  10. Maintain a comprehensive, indexed and secure database of work conducted with athletes and utilize the electronic medical records system.



Sport Wales’ Values

Our approach to enabling sport in Wales to thrive is evolving. We are committed to continually challenging ourselves to: 


  1. Learn Together - Constantly exploring, testing and reviewing
  2. Deliver Together - Sharing outcomes, nurturing open and honest relationships, providing robust feedback, constantly improving performance
  3. Celebrate Together - Recognising our shared successes through effective partners



  1. Acting with Integrity - Understanding and Respecting each other’s culture and values. Promoting equality and diversity
  2. Adding Value - Ensuring the optimum mix of support, challenge, investment, skills and expertise to achieve our shared outcomes.
  3. Encouraging Innovation - Welcoming new ideas and approaches and supporting ambition and fresh thinking.  Not being afraid to feel uncomfortable.


Person specification

Area of focusEssential RequirementsDesirable Requirements 



Degree in Physiotherapy


Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)


Advanced Trauma Management (Lubas or equivalent)


Advanced Life Support (updated annually)


UKAD Accredited Advisor Certification

Working towards or completion of accredited post graduate education specialising in Sports Physiotherapy / Sport and Exercise Medicine / Sports Rehabilitation


Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport & Exercise medicine: Silver + CPD









5 + years experience in the provision of physiotherapy services to athletes and coaches to improve performance.  This must include work with high performance teams or squads.


Working in an applied and integrated manner and influencing athlete and coach support programmes as appropriate. 


The ability to work independently to deliver technical and non-technical skills to deliver injury management and rehabilitation strategies within a sports environment across a range of sports demonstrating advanced clinical reasoning skills.


Comprehensive experience of successfully developing and implementing strategies to reduce the impact of injury.


Comprehensive experience of successfully developing and implementing strategies to reduce the impact of injury.


Comprehensive experience of working effectively within a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of physiotherapy and rehabilitation services to high performance sport.


Experience of dealing with national performance programmes within National Governing Bodies of sport.


Experience of travelling with a team to a major international competition at senior or junior level with a single sport (e.g. World or European Championships) or multi games (e.g. Olympic or Paralympic Games, or Commonwealth Games).



Skills, Experiences, Aptitudes & Abilities:


A comprehensive understanding of the needs of elite athletes and coaches in a high-performance environment. 


Comprehensive contemporary knowledge of functional anatomy/patho-anatomy and the ability to integrate this knowledge within assessment and clinical reasoning.


A comprehensive understanding of the various sports science and sports medicine disciplines.


Excellent communication skills that can motivate behavioural change to have a positive impact on performance.


High level of problem-solving skills around clinical reasoning, diagnosis and treatment options, managing conflicting opinions, often in high pressure or time dependent situations.


An interest in sport and recognition of the importance of promoting and supporting equality, safeguarding and anti-doping within sport.


Highly skilled in building and maintaining productive relationships with high performance staff within national governing bodies of sport.


Work with other professionals to implement innovative ideas and influence athlete and coach support programmes, such as ways of delivery of the service with limited resources.


May be required to work with athletes under 18 (DBS check required)