Sports Physiotherapist, UPMC Institute for Health, Connacht GAA Air Dome

UPMC Ireland
Employment Type
Not disclosed
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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 and UPMC Institute for Health Programme is being developed that will serve the west region. This clinic will be part of a larger national network model. This will be the fourth dedicated UPMC Sports Medicine and Institute for Health facility for diagnosis and rehabilitation of sports injuries and providing programmes for patients with chronic illnesses.


  • 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 within the Physiotherapy service provided throughout the UPMC Sports Medicine Clinic and UPMC Institute for Health on a day-to-day basis, and contributing to the achievement of service objectives, facilitating change as necessary
  • To assess and treat concussion patients in line with UPMC Concussion Network protocols; and to promote, educate and generate awareness of concussion on behalf of the UPMC Concussion Network in Ireland (UPMC training provided).
  • To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload of patients, and to organise this 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 promote and develop the Sports Injury clinic and also UPMC Institute for Health services.
  • To formulate an appropriate, individual management and/or treatment programme, using clinical reasoning skills, setting objectives, timed measurable goals and 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 the patients’ abilities and recommend appropriate lifestyle changes and provide appropriate clinical advice to patients, relatives and carers.
  • Assist in the development and improvement of evidence-based protocols for all areas of physiotherapy within UPMC Sports Medicine and UPMC Orthopaedic Care
  • Support the implementation and adoption of a physiotherapy electronic patient management system 
  • Participate in all 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 Ireland 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.

Professional Accountability and Development

  • 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, disseminate information and ensure that practice is based on best available evidence.
  • To participate in teaching of the musculoskeletal conditions for physiotherapy staff, assistants and students and full participation in MDT/journal club sessions.
  • To work collaboratively with MDT colleagues across the health and social care services to ensure delivery of a co-ordinated multidisciplinary service.
  • To undertake the measurement and evaluation of your work and current practices through the use of evidence based practice projects, audit 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 the use of the department.
  • To adhere to all of the 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 Sports Medicine clinic and the Institute for Health 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

Candidate Specification: Skills  



  • Hold a Degree in Physiotherapy and be either a member of the Irish or UK Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
  • Extensive injury screening, diagnostic, manual therapy and sports rehabilitation understanding
  • Extensive knowledge in 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


  • Experience working in a professional/elite sporting club and working in an interdisciplinary sports science and medicine team
  • Experience in the delivery of injury diagnosis, treatment and prevention strategies within a sporting environment

Personal Competencies 

  • Set and maintain high standards of work performance and deliver quality, consistently and efficiently
  • Possess 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
  • Manage change and embed new ways of working
  • Demonstrate a good level of PC literacy
  • Analyse 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.