GB Students Chief Physiotherapist - Winter World University Games



Closing date:   30 November 2023
Location:   Remotely during pre-Games with requirement for medical provision preparations at the BUCS Office (20-24 King's Bench Street London, SE1 0QX) where necessary. Multi-site village model in Torino.
Region:   United Kingdom
Employment type:   Volunteer
Salary:   Voluntary Role


British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is seeking to appoint a highly qualified and experienced volunteer Chief Physiotherapist to lead physiotherapy support and delivery for the GB Students delegation due to compete at the Winter World University Games in 2025.

The successful applicant will take the role for a World University Games cycle, from appointment through to the end of the Games. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to support the BUCS domestic programme during their tenure.

The FISU Winter World University Games are staged biennially as a celebration of international university sports and culture. The FISU Winter World University Games is considered the second largest multi-sport Winter Games in the world to the Winter Olympics. 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 Torino and four other municipalities in the region including Bardonecchia and Pragelato for snow sports, and Torre Pellice and Pinerolo

It is anticipated that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will send a delegation of around 50-75 to the FISU Winter World University Games 2025.

Main Duties and Responsibilites

  • To lead and provide high quality physiotherapy 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 and physiotherapy structures, and work with the GB Students CMO 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 Torino 2025 footprint.
  • To work closely as part of the GB Students SLT, BUCS International Performance Manager in the detailed planning for the 18 months in advance of the Summer World University Games.
  • To work with the Chef de Mission, Chief Medical Officer, BUCS International Performance Manager to recruit a diverse team of HQ Physiotherapists to be deployed during the World University Games.
  • To act as the lead and primary contact for all HQ and National Governing Body physiotherapy staff
  • To input on and act in accordance with Incident Management Reporting.
  • To collate, refine and stock check all necessary medical and physiotherapy consumables and equipment required by the HQ clinical team at The Games with the GB Students CMO; 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 physiotherapy 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 CSP guidelines on patient confidentiality.
  • 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 physiotherapy records of all consultations.
  • To act and meet requirements in accordance with the official FISU regulations.
  • To provide accurate reports on physiotherapy activity within the village or other locations as required.
  • To participate in pre-event planning of equipment and supplies in conjunction with the Chief Medical Officer.
  • 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 Medical Officer 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

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.

Relationship and Interfaces 

Work closely with the Chief Medical Officer, HQ Staff, NGB Staff at Games, including Team Leaders and support staff.

Essential Experience, Knowledge and Skills

  • BSc in Physiotherapy or equivalent 
  • MSc (or equivalent) in Sports and Exericse Medicine or Advanced MSK
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Suitable professional indemnity insurance cover covering work in the countries visited for the purposes of providing medical cover to the GB Students delegation
  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Current up-to-date Advanced Trauma & Life Support course (ICIS, Lubas Medical, Scrumcaps)
  • ACPSM Accreditation (Bronze)
  • 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
  • Previous work at Winter multi-sport Games including WWUGs, WO, EYOF
  • Current or previous experience as a Physiotherapist working in the HCSI network directly with an NGB
  • ACPSM Accreditation (Silver or Gold)
  • Qualification in massage therapy from a recognised course that leads to full membership of the SMA
  • MHFA Mental Health First Aider

Other Information 

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).

The link to the full job description can be found here .

Application Process

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 30 2023 (11.59pm).

Please contact BUCS International Performance Manager, [email protected] if you have any questions in relation to your application.

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