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Senior Sports Physiotherapist - UPMC Institute for Health at Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence

  • Location: UPMC Institute for Health, Connacht GAA Air Dome, Mayo
  • Job ID: SSPM001
  • Type: Full Time
  • Reports to: General Manager UPMC Sports Medicine, and Clinical Accountability UPMC Director of Sports Medicine
  • Job Post Close Date: 03 July, 2022

Description:

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 Program is being developed that will serve the Western region. This facility will form part of a larger national network model of UPMC Sports Medicine Facilities. This will be the forth dedicated UPMC Sports Medicine facility for diagnosing and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries. The site will also house UPMC Institute for Health which runs programs for patients with Chronic illnesses. Some of the classes we currently run are Cardiac Rehabilitation , Osteoarthritis , Fall Prevention. Post Operative knee rehab and the Exwell program.

Responsibilities:

• Responsible for the day to day running of the Sports medicine clinic. (Staff Management , Implementing UPMC Quality controls and Policies)
• 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 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 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.
• Oversee the running and programming of Institute for Health programs. Work with larger National team to develop this service.

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 Clinics 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 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
 

Qualifications and Experience:

Qualifications:

Essential:
– 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
Desirable:
– Post graduate Diploma or MSc in the field of Sports Medicine
– Previous Research and/or lecture experience in Sports Medicine

 Experience:

At least 3 years working as chartered physiotherapist 
Significant experience working in a professional/elite sporting club and working in an interdisciplinary sports science and medicine team
Significant experience in the delivery of injury diagnosis, treatment and prevention strategies within a sporting environment

General Personal Competencies:

Set and maintain high standards of work performance and deliver quality consistently and efficiently
Possessing 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
Managing change and embedding new ways of working
Demonstrate a good level of PC literacy
Analysis of 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 Hospital. 

A $24 billion healthcare provider and insurer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centred, cost-effective, accountable care. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialisation arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. 
 
Providing high-quality healthcare in the South East since 2006, UPMC’s operations in Ireland now include UPMC Whitfield Hospital in Waterford, UPMC Kildare Hospital in Clane and UPMC Aut Even Hospital in Kilkenny. Outpatient care is available at the UPMC Carlow Outreach Centre, UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre radiotherapy locations at UPMC Whitfield and in Cork, the UPMC Sports Medicine Clinic at WIT Arena and the UPMC Concussion Network. UPMC is the Official Healthcare Partner of the GAA and GPA. 

 
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