Club Doctor - Iron Polishing Solution
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Club doctors should be fully involved in the short listing and interviewing of candidates for the post of physiotherapist. The club now had a chartered physiotherapist once again; the doctor explained how this had affected the pattern of medical work at the club: “In the past, players have come to me without going through the physio if they haven't been happy with the physio … that has happened, but this physio isn't that sort of problem … At the moment, I just see the players he wants me to look at. He's only been appointed this season and up until this season I would always religiously go in every week and see everybody who was injured, but that was a different physio and he wasn't as well qualified so I was happier seeing absolutely everybody and making sure everything was going along. This physio's far more confident and better qualified so he will like this week it's all quiet so he says at the moment there's no need for me to go in so I won't even go in this week.” But nobody wants to feel like that going forward; we want to feel that freshness and energy; to feel connected. We want the players to be healthy, the staff to be healthy and we want it to be fun. We want to be chasing goals and we want to feel that we, as a team, are getting better and better because that’s going to have an impact on what’s happening on the pitch.
To achieve that, we put a plan together for what structure we needed and the staff we would need for this to be successful.”The in-coming first team doctor, Win, who will join the club in September, is presently first-team doctor at Birmingham City, and Chakraverty has experience of working alongside her at the FA, where she worked in the England Women’s pathway. This is a key role to the club and requires a thorough and professional medical practitioner. The role will include but is not limited to: providing injury or illness assessments, undertaking player signing medicals and assisting the Head of Medicine & Performance in decision making and management of medical issues when required. You will work very closely with the Head of Medicine & Performance and the multidisciplinary team at the club and liaise on a daily basis with regards to availability of rehabilitating players for training and matches. for Specialist Doctor in Frailty / Geriatric Emergency Medicine Service job (opens in a new window)
Possession of a specialist qualification in sports medicine (or the willingness to undertake a course of study leading to a specialist qualification) should be specified as a desirable (although not, in the short term, essential) attribute of candidates for the post of club doctor. The role outside of matches is not expected to impact too much on any existing commitments. However, attendance will be required at the club’s premises on up to two occasions per week for appointments with first team players including medical screening during player medicals, to provide referral letters, meet with club medical staff across first team and academy and to provide support and advice to the club's medical staff.Chakraverty continued: "As a performance and medicine department, we need to support the coaching team in the way they work, but we also need to create something that provides more consistency and has longevity.