English Institute of Sport - Sports & Exercise Physician (Working with Canoe Slalom)

Location Lee Valley White Water Centre
Hours of WorkPart Time
Salary & Benefits£87,496 - £92,965 p.a. pro-rata
Closing Date07 Dec

Job Description

The English Institute of Sport (EIS):


The EIS exists to deliver outstanding performance 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. 




This role is an exciting opportunity to shape the way we deliver sports medicine inside Canoe Slalom. Having set ambitious targets for Paris 2024 and beyond, we see this role as crucial to our success in delivering against our medal targets and wider British Canoeing strategy. We are looking for genuine leadership skills alongside exceptional clinical delivery. Alongside this, a fundamental part of the role is to work in an integrated manner as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Working with the Performance Director, Head of Performance Support (HoPS), Athlete Health Lead and wider support team, the role is aimed at improving performance through developing, implementing and evaluating medical services. The role will:

  • Deliver excellent clinical support for all World Class Programme (WCP) and academy athletes (~20) including the effective management of referrals and timetabling of appropriate athlete support (in consultation with physiotherapist, psychologists, and other members of the MDT as relevant)
  • Oversee medical care incl. rapid, accurate diagnosis of new injury or illness. This may include managing complex medical cases to ensure optimal patient care.
  • Be suited for someone whom values being part of a multi-disciplinary team and recognizes the balance of consulting/communication with others whilst also making important decisions.
  • Record high standard athlete medical records using the EIS PDMS medical records system in line with the GMC medical record keeping requirements.
  • On occasion, work alongside another doctor (based inside our Flatwater program operating out of HPP Nottingham) with occasional touch points required for cross program alignment.

Hours of Work: This role will be set at 0.15 FTE (~5 ½ hrs/wk) with expectation that the successful candidate will hold a clinic out of LVWWC at least ½ day week or 1-day every 2 weeks with built in time to account for occasional contact from staff/athletes (as required) for remote medical guidance. There is no international travel expected inside this role.

Location: The normal place of work is Lee Valley White Water Centre (LVWWC), Waltham cross, London. The British Canoe Slalom program operate out of a centralized location but does occasionally access services out of Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH), London.

Interview Date: Week commencing 13th December. Start Date: 1st March 2021 (earlier commencement of role is possible)


  • Work with performance team & EIS athlete health lead(s) to identify the medical service required to optimise performance by developing and co-ordinating world-leading medical services for WCP athletes.
  • Complete medical reviews (annually) incl. medication and prescription reviews.
  • Oversee appropriate quality assurance standards and clinical audits.
  • Set expectations (as appropriate) with athletes and staff around what/when to avail of treatment including communication outwards of other avenues (e.g. GP).
  • Ensure program athletes (where warranted) have clear medical plans following time loss events or acute medical episodes and these are communicated early & clearly.
  • Utilise the electronic medical records system (PDMS) for accurate record keeping and injury surveillance analysis to inform athlete health decision making.
  • Organising referrals to the most appropriate centre / individual for imaging (link up with /utilise network as appropriate)
  • Be familiar with TUE process for Canoe, ensuring completion of relevant TUE's is timely

SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES – tasks you will work with others to achieve

Medical services:

  • Work with Slalom physio on implementation of medical screening, cardiac screening and injury-illness surveillance.
  • Work with Flatwater medical team on cross sport initiatives e.g. mental health, screening.
  • Through Physio and Slalom team manager, advice on vaccination and other travel as appropriate.
  • Working with EIS Athlete Health & Medical teams, identify and manage a trusted network of practitioners and organisations for referral and collaboration in the UK and overseas. 
  • Work/consult with Slalom Performance Psychologists and wider NGB mental health panel to ensure any mental health cases (requiring your input/referral) are appropriately managed and reintegrated.
  • Work with EIS Medical Admin and Physios to ensure any flu vaccinations are up to date and administered as appropriate.
  • Represent the sport with Team GB in the lead up to major games as required.

Governance and standards:

  • Work/consult with EIS Medical Technical lead to ensure standards of medical practice are of the highest levels of ethical standard within daily practice.
  • Work with EIS Medical administrator to ensure all medicines are up to date in line with management policies.
  • In cases where direct athlete consultation is necessary/required in mental health space (incl. outward referrals), ensure there is appropriate level of communication back to the mental health team (assuming athlete permissions).
  • Consult the EIS mental health lead and wider mental health panel as appropriate for guidance on the mental health referral process via the Athlete Medical Scheme.
  • Provide medical expertise to support existing British Canoe anti-doping rules and policies, including co-ordination of TUE applications to UKAD and the ICF.

Wider Athlete Health:

  • Contribute to analysis of injury-illness and mental case load data (through physio and Athlete Health Lead) and advise on solutions to optimise and promote physical & mental health as appropriate.
  • Proactively work with the EIS Athlete health lead on resolution of complex cases and invite joint peer review (e.g. case management, effective communication) as appropriate.
  • In conjunction with HoPs and Athlete Health lead, drive personal development in key areas and be open to mentoring (e.g. effective decision making, clinical case management, case formulation, joint assessments where required etc.)
  • Attend occasional medical case conferences.

Key working relationships:

  • Slalom Physiotherapist
  • Performance Psychologists & wider mental health panel
  • Coaches and athletes
  • Athlete Health Lead & EIS Technical Lead
  • Head of Performance Support
  • Canoe Slalom Performance Directo


We are looking for someone with following attributes:

Clear & timely communication: Understands the importance of clear communication to stakeholders and impact of such in setting the future direction of training plans, within-team operations, and on athlete care.

Self-organised: understand the balance between being 'flexible' whilst also having sound diary management/working patterns to ensure consistency of service delivery and clear expectation management.

Networks to support effective decision making: Actively develops and utilises 'others' inside/outside EIS/NGB to support effective decision making. He/she will also recognise when decisions must be made and displays necessary conviction in such instances to key stakeholders.

Personal & Professional standards: You should embrace growth mindset and look to employ effective plan-do-review-learn cycles that enables your own personal growth (as supported by Athlete Health Lead(s), HoPS and others).

Value importance of team: You should recognise and check in on what others expect from you (on occasion) to maximise cohesion whilst also setting clear expectations given the time constraints within this role.

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.

Apply here now: Sports & Exercise Physician (Working with Canoe Slalom) - English Institute of Sport (current-vacancies.com)

Interview DateWednesday, 15 December 2021