The FISU Summer World University Games are staged biennially as a celebration of international university sports and culture. The FISU Summer World University Games is considered one of the largest multi-sport Summer Games in the world. The Games represent an experience comparable to an Olympic, Paralympic & Commonwealth Games in terms of scale, village life and competition format.
The next Games are due to be held in Germany across five host cities in the German region of North Rhine Westphalia, Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen and Mulheim an der Ruhr between 16-27 July 2025.
It is anticipated that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will send a delegation of around 75-125 to the FISU Summer World University Games 2025.
Main duties and responsibilities
- To lead and provide high quality medical support to all athletes during their preparation and competition phase and for the whole duration of the World University Games.
- To establish and build relations with the Organising Committee medical structures to cascade all relevant information to HQ and National Governing Body medical staff.
- To participate within regular meetings (in-person or via Teams) as a member of the GB Students Senior Leadership Team offering constructive opinion and support for the overall delivery of medical and performances services across the GB Students Rhine-Ruhr 2025 footprint.
- To work closely as part of the GB Students SLT, BUCS International Performance Manager and BUCS International Administrator in the detailed planning for the 18 months in advance of the Summer World University Games.
- To work with the Chef de Mission, Chief Physiotherapist, BUCS International Performance Manager to recruit a diverse team of HQ Doctors or/and Medical Officers to be deployed during the World University Games.
- To act as the lead and primary contact for all HQ and National Governing Body medical staff
- To input on and act in accordance with Incident Management Reporting.
- To collate, refine and stock check all necessary physiotherapy and medical consumables and equipment required by the HQ clinical team at The Games with the GB Students Chief Physiotherapist, assisting in the ordering, packing, freighting of all items before, during and after The Games in coordination with the BUCS International Performance Manager.
- To provide a responsive, accessible medical support service to all GB Students delegates, both in a clinic village setting, as an escort during travel, in competition and training venues, on-call and across all other locations deemed appropriate to meet the requirements of the role.
- To ensure a high standard of health promotion and preventative care for athletes and athlete support personnel including Medical Officers, Physiotherapist, Team Leaders, Coaching Staff and others.
- To liaise with other medical personnel and performance services support staff to ensure the highest standards of care of an athlete’s injury or illness and optimum rehabilitation and management extending post-Games, whilst always working within the GMC Good Medical Practice guidelines and the Professional Code set out by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK):
- To promote drug-free sport and have a working knowledge of UKAD best practice and The Code (WADA)
- To contribute to pre-event educational resources and materials designed to support delegates.
- To keep detailed, confidential and secure medical records of all consultations.
- To act and meet requirements in accordance with the official FISU regulations.
- To provide accurate reports on medical activity within the village or other locations as required.
- To participate in pre-event planning of equipment and supplies in conjunction with the Chief Physiotherapist.
- To liaise as required with local medical and emergency staff
- To maintain such information on treatment as required to provide accurate reports and records
- To liaise with the Chief Physiotherapist on a regular basis regarding duties and to feedback any issues that arise.
- The successful candidate will play an active role in the pre-Games planning and organisation of the GB Students Delegation
Hours of work
Working hours will be as required to fulfil the role and the significant fluctuating demands throughout the World University Games. The post-holder will be required to acknowledge this and work in a flexible manner to accommodate all requests where appropriate.
DBS check up to date and full driving licence.
Relationships & Interfaces
Report directly to the GB Students Chef de Mission and Deputy Chef de Mission during the World University Games of who report to the BUCS International Performance Manager. Work closely with the Chief Physiotherapist, HQ Staff, NGB Staff at Games, including Team Leaders and support staff.
Essential Experience, Knowledge and skills
- Of good standing with GMC and on GP or SEM Register
- MSc (or equivalent) in Sports and Exercise Medicine
- Fellow of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine (FSEM) UK
- Current up-to-date Advanced Trauma & Life Support course (e.g. ICIS)
- Suitable professional indemnity cover (e.g MPS/MDU/MDDUS/Sempris) covering work in the countries visited for the purposes of providing medical cover to the GB Students delegation
- To hold a current and valid certificate in emergency care (REMO, SCRUMCAPS, PHICIS, ALS, or ATLS or equivalent)
- Current UKAD Accredited Educator certification
- Currently working with, or have worked with elite sport athletes for at least 5-10 years.
- Experience of delivering medical support to athletes and teams at elite competition level
Desirable experience, Knowledge and Skills
- Demonstrated a commitment to BUCS and university sport by providing medical support as part of the BUCS domestic programme including BUCS Nationals and BUCS Big Wednesday.
- Previous work within the international university sport programme including WUGs, EUGs, EUCs
- Previous work at similar multi-sport Games including EYOF, YOG, EOG, OG, CWG
- Leadership experience in SEM
- Current or previous experience as a Medical Officer within the HCSI network or directly with an NGB.
- MHFA Mental Health First Aider
Appointments will be made subject to References.
The post-holder will act in accordance with the BUCS Team Members’ Agreement and Code of Conduct.
This is an honorary position, although reasonable travel and subsistence costs will be paid (where not otherwise provided).
Link to the full job description can be found here Chief Medical Officer - Summer WUGs 2025 - Job Description.pdf
Candidates can apply by sending their CV and Cover Letter to BUCS International Performance Manager, Marc Forrest ([email protected]). The deadline for applications is November 30th 2023 11:59pm.
Please contact BUCS International Performance Manager, Marc Forrest ([email protected]) if you have any questions in relation to your application.