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Senior Performance Psychologist

The English Institute of Sport (EIS)

The EIS exists to deliver outstanding performance – impacting support that enables UK High Performance System sports and athletes to excel.

30 Jul 2022
Full Time
Closing date
20 Aug 2022

Role Summary

The Senior Performance Psychologist role within Olympic and Paralympic triathlon is an exciting opportunity to have a significant performance impact.

The role will require an individual with a flexible approach to Performance Psychology delivery combining three key areas –

  • Working with and through the Olympic and Paralympic coaching teams to optimise the relationships, training environments and interventions. This equates to -
  • 2 x Olympic - Leeds and Loughborough based (approx. 6-8 athletes each).
  • 2 x Paralympic - Loughborough based (approx. 6-8 athletes) and non-centre based (approx. 4-6 athletes).
  • Specific and targeted individual athlete support.
  • Key member of the BTF / EIS Mental Health Working group.

Main Tasks and Activities

Work with the Head of Performance Science Services, Head of Performance Health Services, Performance Psychology EIS Technical Lead, National and Centre coaching teams, and identified NGB staff to improve performance through developing, implementing and evaluating psychology services.

Key Responsibilities – activities and tasks you will be directly responsible for:

Working with and through the Olympic and Paralympic Coaching teams

  • Work with the coaching and performance team to indirectly provide performance impacting performance psychology support to athletes on the World Class Performance Programme. Specific projects might include (but not exhaustive of):
  • Working in close partnership with National and Centre to support coaches in the development and application of effective goal setting and debriefing (plan-do-review) throughout the phases of the season and across the Olympic and Paralympic cycle.
  • In association with National and Centre Lead coaches, establishing key psychological strategies around targeted competitions and work with the coaching groups to develop guidance on delivery pre, during and post competition.
  • In close collaboration with the National and Centre Lead coaches, support the development of training approaches to specifically target optimal preparation for the demands of competition.
  • Working with the Head of Performance People and Culture Development, and specific individual coaches to help support the development of a psychologically informed environment that facilitates impactful coach-athlete performance conversations.
  • Provide a key link across programmes, training centres and coaching groups to ensure the co-creation and sharing of performance impacting psychological interventions.

Specific and Targeted Individual Performance Psychology Support

  • Working collaboratively with the coaching and performance team to identify psychological support requirements for specific athletes (approx. 6-10 athletes) and to create and deliver performance-focused psychological development plans linked to overall individual athlete plans.

Positive Mental Health

  • In conjunction with the Head of Performance Health, Chief Medical Officer and Performance Lifestyle Advisor manage the continued effective development and subsequent implementation of BTF Mental Health Strategy and education programme.
  • Work with the BTF Chief Medical Officer to support the transition of an athlete throughout any clinical Mental health provision within the rules of professional confidentiality.
  • Deliver psychological support (along with Performance Lifestyle) with and through the National and Centre lead coaches, supporting the development of the knowledge and understanding to work directly with athletes within training environments to promote positive mental health, enhance psychological well-being, and support athlete welfare.
  • Work collaboratively with the Head of Performance Science Services and Head of Performance Health to align psychological support and mental health strategic planning and coordinated delivery.
  • Within the rules of professional confidentiality liaise with athletes, primary care managers, parents, coaches, and other support staff as appropriate.

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Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Sports Science & Medicine
Salary information
from £39,241

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