This is an opportunity for a highly motivated, driven individual to play a key role within a multi-sport environment, to use their skills to support elite athletes with a disability, to lead up to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

Position Title: Lead Physiotherapist and Medical Services Coordinator

Status:  Contract for services on a fixed term part time basis 2.5 days per week (48 weeks per year) until Dec 31st 2020

Location: Institute of Sport, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
The role will involve Local and International Travel

Reporting to: High Performance Director


As Lead Physiotherapist and Medical Services Coordinator, you will work as the lead member of the medical services team for Paralympics Ireland and be responsible for the development and implementation of a medical support structure for athletes, in the lead up to Tokyo 2020.

The role will involve leading all physiotherapy services systems and athlete profiles as well as coordinating the communication within the team of supporting qualified medical services, strength and conditioning providers.  You will be able to evidence a strong track record of management, delivery and operational excellence and can deal with a complex medical environment.

The role consists of three main areas of responsibility:

  1. Coordination and Management of athlete medical services: focused on management of injury, treatment and prevention services you will act as a central point around which an athletes various medical support services needs are assessed, determined and allocated.
  2. Lead Physiotherapist: Managing physiotherapy requirements and a team of providers, for athletes competing at all major competitions including the Paralympic Games.
  3. Physiotherapy Clinical Support: Delivery of regular clinical hours for elite para athletes.


Coordination and management of athlete medical services

  1. Develop, deliver and lead Paralympics Ireland’s Medical Support Services/Programme for the Paralympic Games and other competitions in the lead up to Tokyo 2020. This will involve attendance at the Paralympic Games for a period to be determined, up to three weeks.
  2. Participate in any post competition debrief as requested by the Performance Director. Contribute to the development of an ethos of elite performance among all panel members and support staff
  3. Be the initial point of contact for athletes and managers for all injuries. Coordinate within multidisciplinary team, injury care planning of these injuries with integration of return to training and competition planning. To advise and co-ordinate injury prevention strategies with team of providers and ensure other medical service providers understand that injury prevention strategy
  4. To manage/coordinate the relevant athlete information and referral within Paralympics Ireland through an in-depth reporting structure team and external professional providers. This will include planning for athletes moving to an appropriate external professional as part of a transition structure

Lead Physiotherapist

  1. Provide a responsive, accessible physiotherapy support service consistent with Irish Sport Anti-doping Policies, to all PI panel athlete members as specified by Paralympics Ireland, both at home and at competition and camp venues, and any other location deemed appropriate to meet the requirements of the job role. Provide and/or coordinate soft tissue therapy where required during competition and outside competition.
  2. Develop and manage a team of appropriately skilled physiotherapists, arranging for physiotherapists to travel to events and coordinate athlete/team care
  3. Ensure that the selected network of physiotherapy providers understands the injury prevention strategy, injury reporting protocols requirements and individual sports service requirements and are maintain ongoing appropriate professional development.

Physiotherapy Clinical Support

  1. Assist athletes and coaches achieve their performance objectives through appropriate effective physiotherapy support. Reporting care plans to appropriate people within a reasonable time line consistent with needs of athletes and health care system.
  2. Keep clinic hours at defined times.
  3. Produce a service provision report to the Performance Operations Manager on monthly bass and prior to any camp or competition.

Other Areas

  1. Agree and implement an annual individual work programme with the HPD identifying key activities, priorities, personal objectives, timescales, budget and performance indicators.
  2. Undertake other duties as required from time to time by the CEO or High Performance Director.


PERSON SPECIFICATION – Lead Physiotherapist and Medical Services Coordinator


  • Membership of ISCP (Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapy) with Statutory Registration and Indemnity with appropriate CPD maintained as laid out by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.
  • MSc Sports Medicine or equivalent in a related discipline.
  • Appropriate traumatology and BLS skills update as per ISCP guidelines.
  • Evidence of being a team player (including references from previous Games).
  • Excellent communication skills and soft skills to deal with colleagues and athletes effectively and with empathy


  • At least 5 years clinical experience in elite sport
  • Rehabilitation skills and manual skills
  • Experience of managing a team of medical service providers
  • Ability to be adaptable and to perform in a pressurised setting
  • Proven ability to motivate people and make decisions
  • Experience in leading the development and implementation of systems working with a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Ability think out of the box to deal with people and the medical or disability related issues that maybe encountered in Paralympic Sports.
  • A flexible approach to hours required when necessary including the ability to attend evening and weekend meetings. Availability for full duration.
  • Understanding of sports structures in Ireland, including Paralympic sport
  • Committed, dynamic & productive
  • Clean driving license/Mode of transport

Note to all applicants:

Only those applicants who clearly demonstrate, by example, how they meet the essential criteria will go forward to the next stage in the recruitment and selection process.

Desirable criteria may be used for shortlisting purposes if required.

All other essential and desirable criteria will be assessed by selection test and/or interview.

NB.This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and can be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organization.

  • Suitable candidates should apply in writing with a letter and current CV to
  • Closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 28/11/2017
  • Interviews will be held on Wednesday 13/12/2017 in the Irish Sport HQ Building, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Ireland. Eircode D15 D462.

Queries may be directed to Niamh Buffini at Paralympics Ireland by email at  or by calling 01 625 1175.

 Paralympics Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be treated in strict confidence.