English Institute of Sport - Senior Physiotherapist (working with British Canoeing-Slalom)

LocationThe normal place of work is Lee Valley White Water Centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross EN9 1AB; however the EIS and sport may require you to travel to and work at other offices and sporting venues nationally and internationally. BACKGROUND
Hours of WorkThis role will involve a minimum of 36 hours per week or as necessary to carry out your duties. It will typically include working outside normal office hours at evenings and weekends and on Public Holidays. This role will also require extensive overseas t
Salary & BenefitsSalary Scales: £39,374 - £46,483 p.a.
Closing Date05 Dec

Job Description


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 athlete health services in canoe slalom. The successful applicant will provide highly advanced and specialised musculoskeletal physiotherapy support services to World Class Programme athletes (~20) in the lead up to Paris 2024 and beyond. Working collaboratively with the interdisciplinary athlete support team, this role will require the successful applicant to proactively establish and deliver relevant strategies which optimise athlete health and well-being, minimise time-loss and maximise on water performance. They will be required to work across all boat classes (Canoe, Kayak and Extreme Slalom) in both men's and women's events and share philosophy and best practice across a wider support team. We believe in a supportive environment where we can safely challenge ourselves and each other and one where we can push boundaries for achieving world leading performances. There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the team behind the team. The successful candidate will be accountable for the delivery of world-leading physiotherapy and health service provision across WCP athletes based at LVWWC and will lead the delivery of athlete management and rehabilitation strategies across the wider interdisciplinary support team.


Grade: Level 3 (Physiotherapy)

Hours of Work: Location: 

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.  It is unlike any other organisation in high performance sport, with an unrivalled network of experts in their fields delivering people-first solutions to over 40 Olympic and Paralympic Sports.  Established in 2002, and now a wholly owned subsidiary of UK Sport, the EIS has been providing support to Olympic and Paralympic sports for almost 20 years and is now one of the largest organisations in high performance sport globally. 

At the EIS we have around 400 high performing and highly motivated staff and work in a complex environment of external stakeholder relationships. The EIS sits in a pivotal role in the UK within high performance sport. On a day-to-day basis EIS people provide outstanding support services to sports in our elite training centres. It is also at the heart of leading innovation across sport as well as being a key voice in the world of sports science and technical and medical challenges that will face our world of sport over the coming years; mental health, doping, safeguarding, concussion – to name just a few. 


British Canoe Slalom have set ambitious medal targets for Paris 2024 and LA 2028. We see this role as crucial to our success in delivering against our targets and wider British Canoeing strategy. Our Slalom program is based out of Lee Valley White Water Centre, a legacy venue from the 2012 London Olympics; a truly World Class facility. The sport of Canoe Slalom is a test of speed, agility, and precision with all the excitement of White-Water rapids. There are two boat types, Kayaks in which the paddler sits and uses a double-bladed paddle, and Canoes in which the paddler kneels and uses a single bladed paddle. Our program has a history of winning medals at both World and Olympic level and with the addition of the new event of Extreme Slalom being introduced in Paris 2024, this offers an additional exciting opportunity to build upon this legacy whilst also developing our understanding and performance advantages in a new discipline.


The prospective candidate will be someone who can develop effective relationships with junior and senior athletes alike, coaches and performance support team. You will have the ability to plan head, whilst consistently and effectively managing a day-to-day caseload along with any long-term rehabilitation plans as required. You will need to be comfortable working closely with the other members of the performance support team, collaborating in assessments and formulation of performance questions in an integrated multidisciplinary way. You should have excellent clinical assessment skills and clinical reasoning with an interest or knowledge in the upper limb. The candidate should be comfortable having challenging conversations should they arise within the performance support team. Alongside the health and wellbeing component to this role, you should have the necessary skills and curiosity to input into the wider performance plans of our athletes. More specifically, within the performance optimisation space you should be willing to implement any performance enabling interventions that physiotherapy can offer directly by yourself or through others. You will work closely with the Sports Physician for Canoe Slalom, not only in the appropriate management and onward referrals as required, but in the design and implementation of injury surveillance, medical screening, and health projects critical to major games success. While you will be the sole physiotherapist on the ground at LVWWC, you will have the support of physiotherapists and Athlete Health Leads within the EIS network.

The philosophy of the Canoe Slalom programme is based on the strength of individual relationships and the successful candidate will be required to build these with all key stakeholders. These relationships will then be key to collaborate in the positions you will find yourself being in the High-Performance Centre or travelling abroad, working face to face with athletes and colleagues or remotely by phone or video conference. Innovation is encouraged at the same time as maintaining the World Class fundamentals already in place.


Work with the Performance Support Team including coaches to:

  • Identify and deliver individualised athlete management plans including advanced and highly specialised rehabilitation services in collaboration with the interdisciplinary athlete support team, coaches, and athletes to optimise athlete availability for training and competition.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of athlete health strategies and targeted injury risk management strategies in Canoe Slalom to optimise performance.
  • Coordinate the delivery of health projects that are critical to Major Games and Championship preparation plans.
  • Using a Performance backwards approach, proactively manage and deliver physiotherapy services to canoe slalom athletes.
  • Utilise the electronic medical records system (PDMS) for accurate record keeping and injury surveillance analysis to inform athlete health decision making.
  • Within the rules of professional confidentiality liaise with athletes, parents, coaches, and other support staff as appropriate.
  • Comply with organisational and Professional Codes of Conduct, standards, and guidelines.
  • Be professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of delivery, working within professional standards and clinical guidelines.
  • Contribute to knowledge development, aggregation and sharing across the organisation to support the development of world class physiotherapy services and the high-performance system.
  • Lead on the development of injury surveillance screening across the squads.
  • Lead on the development of medical screening across the squads which includes 1. Organisation of yearly blood tests and vaccinations for athletes inside the programme in conjunction with the EIS medical administrator, carried out by a sports physician.
  • 2. Coordination of Cardiac Screening Process (CRY) with external provider in collaboration with sports physician.
  • Work independently at training and competition locations both nationally and internationally, making autonomous triage and primary care decisions and having responsibility for managing complex medical presentations beyond, or alongside immediate sport injury/trauma management and rehabilitation.
  • Provide a primary point of contact for all WCP coaches for medical coordination and delivery relating to Athlete Health in the UK and overseas.
  • Accountability for the planning and management of immediate emergency medical and trauma care situations in the training and competition environment domestically and overseas.
  • Working across the interdisciplinary support team, the position may be accountable for leading the strategic development and evaluation of athlete health services across the WCP. The post holder will undertake projects and facilitate solutions to performance challenges to optimise athlete health and maximise availability for performance.

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 the English 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.


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Interview DateMonday, 13 December 2021