Lead Sports Physiotherapist, UPMC in Ireland - UPMC

Lead Sports Physiotherapist, UPMC in Ireland

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

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday, 30 October 2020.

Lead Sports Physiotherapist, UPMC in Ireland

Reports to: General Manager, UPMC Whitfield and Cork
Accountable to: Director, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, UPMC in Ireland

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 programme 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 UPMC in Ireland sites.
  • Physiotherapy-related aspects of sports science research and orthopaedic outcomes tracking.
  • Onsite provision of sports physiotherapy at the 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 colleagues in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States; visits to Pittsburgh as required for purpose of service and 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 Hospital 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 physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeons, and sports medicine physicians.
  • To deliver and evaluate the physiotherapy service provided throughout the UPMC sports medicine clinic on a day-to-day basis while contributing to the achievement of service objectives, facilitating change as necessary.
  • To plan and organise time to affect the physiotherapy service within a weekly rota whilst planning for extraordinary 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 appointments 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, and timed measurable goals, 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 each patient’s abilities. 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, disseminating information and ensuring 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 management 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, audits, 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 use in the department.
  • To adhere to all requirements of the clinic’s 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.


  • Hold a Degree in Physiotherapy and be a member of either the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) or UK Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
  • Extensive understanding of injury screening, diagnostics, manual therapy, and sports rehabilitation.
  • Extensive knowledge pf 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 three years working in elite or professional sports.


  • At least eight years working as a 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 organisation.

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.

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