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Senior Physiotherapist (working with Para Swimming)

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. The EIS is the world’s leading provider of Sports Science, Medicine, Technology, and Innovation to high performance sport.

15 Jun 2022
Full Time
Closing date
4 Jul 2022

This role offers an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced physiotherapist to take on a lead role in the development and delivery of physiotherapy services in Para-Swimming.

This role will provide highly advanced and specialised musculoskeletal physiotherapy support services to World Class Programme (WCP) athletes in the lead up to Paris 2024 and beyond.

Working collaboratively across the interdisciplinary support team, the position will contribute to the strategic development and evaluation of the Para-Swimming specific component of the British Swimming Athlete Health Strategy in conjunction with the Head of Athlete Health.

The position will work closely with the Head Coach (Para Swimming) and Head of Athlete Health, as well as other support staff to create a seamless, integrated, world-class support service, which positively impacts on swimmer performance, in both daily training and national team environments.


  • Lead, manage, co-ordinate and deliver high quality and high impact physiotherapy services for British Para-Swimming athletes. There may also be a requirement to support Olympic Swimming athletes based at the Performance Centre and occasionally across the network.
  • Manage and supervise the work of other Physiotherapists and Soft Tissue Therapists supporting para-swimming athletes, including the setting of robust and challenging objectives and the regular monitoring of performance.
  • Operate as the first point of contact for all Para Swimming programme athletes in terms of Athlete Health.
  • Co-ordinate closely with the Lead physician for Para-Swimming on the management of injury and illness issues involving para-swimming athletes.
  • Work with the coaches and other key support staff to minimise injury risk and maximise competitive performance via the implementation of appropriate land and water training programmes.
  • Identifying areas that are likely to result in maximum performance gains for each individual swimmer and monitor and facilitate the implementation of such through the IAP process.
  • Attendance at agreed national team activities and competitions and the undertaking of coach/athlete support roles.
  • Maintain a comprehensive, indexed database of work conducted with athletes and coaches providing weekly updates on injury status to the Head of Athlete Health and Head Coach Para Swimming as appropriate.
  • Engage with all external partners to ensure a world leading physiotherapy support service, ensuring para-swimming specificity is central to its ethos.
  • Assist in the development and evaluation of the para-swimming component of the British Swimming Athlete Health Strategy in conjunction with the Head of Athlete Health.
  • Work closely with the Head of Athlete Health, Lead physician for Para-Swimming and the CMO to align the para-swimming component of the Athlete Health strategy with the overarching British Swimming health strategy.
  • Work on identified cross aquatic athlete health projects as identified by the Head of Athlete Health and CMO.
  • Lead on the areas of Athlete Health with identified para-swimming athletes through the IAP process.
  • Liaise with HCSI’s to ensure support services are aligned to the Athlete Health Strategy and IAP’s.
  • Co-ordinate para-swimming specific medical update meetings.
  • Support the Head of Athlete Health to drive forward the Athlete Health Strategy within the wider British Para-Swimming vision.
  • Lead on the Athlete Health and Wellbeing Profiling of para-swimmers, ensuring timely and appropriate feedback is given with clear performance targets outlined.
  • To develop a relationship with the Head Coach, relevant Performance Club coaches and coaches of World Class Programme swimmers that is challenging and supportive, thus driving the knowledge base forward resulting in performance gains.
  • Be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of delivery, working within professional standards and clinical guidelines.
  • Perform a leading role in assuring medical governance standards to safeguard athlete physical and mental health.
  • Comply with organisational and professional codes of conduct, standards, policies, and guidelines.

A full job description and person specification is available to download here

WHY WORK FOR US?! Take a look....

The EIS is a dynamic, growing and fast-moving organisation that will offer you a flexible, positive, stimulating and challenging work environment with real opportunities to make the best better. Working for theEnglish Institute of Sport brings its rewards not only in its salary and benefits package, but also in the opportunities for learning and career development.

Our generous benefits package includes:

  • 29 days paid holiday per year (pro rata for part time roles) plus 8 bank holidays
  • Membership of EIS’s Occupational Sick Pay Scheme from your first day of employment
  • Automatic entry into BUPA health cash back plan for day to day expenses like dentist, eye tests, physio, etc.
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Discounts on Shopping, Entertainment, Travel and Lifestyle services through our Benefits portal

We are committed to creating an even more diverse and inclusive workforce that will bring different perspectives to our work. So that we can more closely reflect UK society, we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups including Black, Asian and people with other ethnically diverse backgrounds, those with a disability or long-term health condition and people returning to work after a career break.

We also understand the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance, so all of our roles are open to flexible working and, in many cases, remote-working too. We ask only that you work with us to find an arrangement that meets our sports and business needs and enables you to perform the role in full, in a way that works for both of us.

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Sports Science & Medicine
Salary information
£ 33,905 - 39,374

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