Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Celtic Football Club Doctor

Celtic Football Club Doctor

Full-time, salary negotiable + benefits

Responsible for the health care of all players at Celtic Football Club,
reporting directly to the Football Manager.

Main Responsibilities:

· In charge of all aspects of players’ healthcare and injury profiles
· Management of medical department and personnel, ensuring that the best medical care is provided by all the medical staff
· Pro-active screening of players to help prevent future injuries
· Pre-signing medicals
· Providing medical reports on current injuries
· Attending all first team games to provide emergency cover, home and away
· Arranging medical cover for all games
· Management of medical budget
· Liaison with the medical brokers on a regular basis with to provide private medical insurance for players
· Liaison with medical insurance companies regarding injury claims
· Responsible for the maintenance of medical facilities at Celtic Park and at Club Training Centre in Lennoxtown

The successful applicant will have relevant general practice, accident and emergency, consultancy and/or sports medicine experience, ideally having previously worked within the football industry. They will also be confident and assertive, possess effective people management skills, be highly organised and familiar with budgetary control processes.

Please send CV to or write to:

Mike Hayes, Head of HR, Celtic Park, Glasgow G40 3RE

Deadline for applications is 2 October 2009


Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Jacob Patijn's Reproducibility Workshop

“Test the Test”
Do your own original research - at home or in the clinic!
This practical one-day course provides the blueprint for research into the reliability of clinical signs and reproducibility of clinical tests. It is an ideal opportunity for every practitioner and student in Rheumatology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Sports and Exercise Medicine or Chiropractic, to get on the fast track and learn how to validate the clinical tools we are using.
Get the know-how
at Jacob Patijn's
Reproducibility Workshop
A special one day workshop run by BIMM and IAMM for all aspiring evidence based practitioners. Put your favourite clinical test to the test - get results the same day! Publish tomorrow - well almost.... Further info attached.
Saturday 31st October 2009
9:30 -21:00
London College of Osteopathic Medicine
8 Boston Place London - £195

The British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine
J acob Patijn's
Reproducibility Workshop
Do your own original research - at home or in the clinic! This practical one-day course provides the blueprint for kappa-studies (Interrater-reliability). It is an ideal opportunity for every practitioner and student in Rheumatology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Sports Medicine or Chiropractic to get published research and to validate the tools we are using. Cost for day £195.

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Please return to: BIMM, PO Box 1116, Bushey, Herts. WD23 9BY Call number below to pay by credit card.
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This is the first one day course organised by the FIMM Academy. The present course is based on the complete revised version of the Reproducibility and Validity Protocol. To understand the goals of this course, a small history of the background of this protocol and a brief overview of the past Academy is essential.
The former Scientific Committee of the formulated the problem with respect to diagnostic procedures in Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine (M/M M). The present Academy adopted the starting point as a base for ist present and future activities. This problem is summarised in the statement:
There are many different schools in Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine in many different countries of the world, with many different diagnostic procedures and many different therapeutic approaches.
The consequences of this defined problem for our profession is five-fold:
At first, most schools within M/M M have not validated yet their own characteristic diagnostic
procedures in the different regions of the locomotion system. Therefore reproducibility, validity, sensitivity and specificity of these diagnostic procedures is still lacking.
Secondly, at present time, all the different schools within M/M M with their own arsenal of diagnostic procedures still coexist. Because of lack of good reproducibility, validity, sensitivity and specificity studies, mutual comparison of diagnostic procedures between schools is impossible. Scientific information exchange and fundamental discussions between these different schools, based on solid scientific reliability studies, is almost impossible in the present situation.
Thirdly, the absence of reliable diagnostic procedures in M/M Medicine leads to heterogeneously defined study populations in efficacy trials. As well as positive proven published efficacy studies as negative ones, can be due to a subpopulation in the heterogeneous study population, which is responsible for the final outcome of the efficacy study. Comparison of efficacy trials in these heterogeneous study populations with the same therapeutic approach (for instance manipulation) and different unreliable diagnostic procedures, is by definition impossible.
Fourthly, unreliable diagnostic procedures of different schools, ill-defined therapeutic approaches and low quality study designs are the main causes some of the weak evidences of proven therapeutic efficacies in M/M Medicine.
Fifthly, If the present situation is allowed to continue, it will lead to a slowing down of the badly needed process of professionalisation of M/M Medicine in general and its education systems in particular. Outside the development of complete revised Reproducibility and Validity Protocol in M/ M M, the Academy has also developed protocols for efficacy in M/M M. In this way the Academy wanted to provide the National Societies of the FIMM with the proper tools to perform reproducibility and efficacy studies. The Academy wants to emphasise that good reproducibility of diagnostic tests in M/M Medicine has the first priority. This kind of studies is easy and cheap to perform and form the best base for mutual discussion between schools in M/M Medicine. Co-operation and active involvement of the National Societies of FIMM is indispensable and crucial for the future work of the Academy.
Implementation of the developed protocols is one the key activities of the Academy. The first most logical way is to disseminate and implement the Academy Reproducibility and Validity Protocol through educational boards of the National Societies of the FIMM. Training its members to perform reproducibility studies, because they are the experts in the diagnostic field of their own schools, has the first priority. By doing so, they will professionalize their education system in a evidence based way. Diagnostic procedures become transferable and will lead to mutual discussions based on scientific results.

Jacob Patijn, Scientific Director FIMM Academy


Format Instructional Course
The format of this course is to train in particular the members of educational boards. In addition, other interested participants, scientists and students in the field of M/M Medicine are welcome
Step by step the different phases of a reproducibility study will be elucidated. Presentation of theoretical aspects of the reproducibility study and its statistic methods will be will be relieved by practical presentations of the course leaders and practical training sessions of the participants. An active participation of the participants is of course mandatory. The theoretical base for this course is formed by the complete revised version of the Reproducibility and Validity
Protocol. Examination tables are available for the training sessions. Participants are asked to wear suitable underwear for the training sessions in which they have to practise on each other.
Equipment: one stage examination table, 30 persons 10 examination tables, a beamer, a overhead projector Totally estimated course duration: about 11 hours
In the syllabus the hand over of all the presentations will be included. It provide the participant to make notes in every stage of the course in relation to the shown slide.
In the syllabus, a study form is included to record the findings of a particular training session. Also a copy of the complete revised version of the Reproducibility and Validity Protocol is included in the syllabus.

Main Aims of the Course

The main end goals of this course are:

1. Educational Boards, scientist and practitioner in the field of M/M Medicine become convinced of the necessity to perform reproducibility studies as first priority
2. Knowledge of the different phases or periods of a reproducibility study
3. Knowledge of the pitfalls of a reproducibility study
4. Master the statistic method of the kappa value a the best measure for inter-observer agreement
5. To perform a reproducibility study of the diagnostic procedures of their own educational system
6. The professionalisation of the education system in a evidence based way In the presented programme below, issue goals will be mentioned related to every separate issue of this programme.


09.30 – 10.00 Registration
10.00 – 10.15 Presentation: Welcome and Introduction (PowerPoint 01)
Issue goals: Information about the background of the course, the previous work of the
Scientific Committee in the past, the end goals of the course, overview of
the course.
10.15 – 11.15 Presentation: Theoretical Background Reproducibility Studies (PowerPoint 02)
Issue goals: Explanation of the theoretical background and statistics used in
reproducibility studies. The difference between reproducibility and validity of
a diagnostic procedure, different kind of data in this kind of studies and their
special statistics, kappa value as the used measure for reproducibility in the
11.15 – 12.15 Practical Training: Interobserver Agreement (PowerPoint 03)
Issue goals: Estimation of the interobserver agreement by the participants of a chosen
test, to become aware of different performances in observers of the same
test , to realise its consequences for a reproducibility study with respect to
the details of the performance of a diagnostic procedure. A overall
agreement figure is calculated in two studies.
12.15 – 13.00 Coffee Break/ Small Lunch
13.00 – 13.15 Presentation: Reproducibility Protocol (PowerPoint 04)
Issue goals: Explanation of the different phases of the Academy Reproducibility Protocol.
Logistics of a reproducibility study
13.15 – 14.30 Practical Training: Training Period: hypothesis of a test t(PowerPoint 05)
Issue goals: Based on the tests of the previous interobserver agreement session and
other tests from M/M Medicine, participants have to learn the distinction
between hypothesis of a test and the test procedure as such and its
judgement in daily practice. Participants have to learn to reach a consensus
about the performance, the new hypothesis and the judgement of tests.
14.30 – 15.00 Tee/Coffee Break
15.00 – 16.00 Practical Training: Training Period of Protocol: Test Procedure (PowerPoint 05a)
Issue goals: Based on the tests of the previous hypothesis morning session , the
participants have to become familiar with the fact that minor details of test
procedure are decisive for the overall agreement in a reproducibility study.
16.00 – 16.15 Presentation: Overall Agreement Period of Protocol: theory (PowerPoint 07)
Issue goals: Theoretical aspects of the overall agreement in a study. The necessity of a
substantial agreement for the rest of the study. training period of the
protocol with respect to statistics in reproducibility studies. Example of
studies are presented.
16.15 – 17.00 Practical Training: Overall Agreement Period of Protocol (PowerPoint 08)
Issue goals: To perform an overall agreement period of the protocol and to reach a
substantial overall agreement of over 80%.
17.00 – 18.30 Dinner
18.30 – 19.00 Presentation: Study Period, Statistics and Publication of Protocol: theory
(PowerPoint 09)
Issue goals: To learn the 50% prevalence method in reproducibility studies. To perform
simple analysis of the results of a study. To become familiar with the
condition for proper publication.
19.00 – 20.30 Practical Training: Semi-quantification of different categories of tests: training
(PowerPoint 10)
Issue goals: To learn the problems of quantification of the tests out of daily practise and
those which are taught in educational courses in M/M Medicine.
20.30– 21.00 Evaluation Forms and Closure
The course is evaluated by a questionnaire to improve future courses.

Monday, 21 September 2009

RFUW England Team Doctor ( Part Time Sessional)

These are exciting times in rugby in England with England hosting the Women's Rugby World Cup in August 2010.

The Role will be responsible for providing a world class medical service to the England team as part of their preparation for the world cup. you will lead a highly motivated medical team and work closely with a multi-disciplinary team delivering the full range of services to the England Elite players.

You will play a vital role in the England squad ensuring the health and fitness of players within the squad, co-ordinating their treatment where necessary and liaise closely with the English institute of sport staff to discuss treatment of players.

The role covers both pitch side and off field care and the successful applicant will be confident in injury diagnosis, advice, treatment and management of players.

Significant evening and weekend work along with travel in the UK and Europe to cover all key events is required. Full details of dates required are on the Job description and these are in addition to on-going weekly co-ordination.

Further Information

Click here or see below for a full job and person spec.

Please send your detailed CV and covering letter to Kelly Rainey, RFUW, Rugby House, Rugby Road, Twickenham, TW1 1DZ or by email to Please include the name of two referees, one of whom should be your current employer.

Closing date 2 pm 7.10.09.

Interview date 20.10.09 Venue Twickenham

All applicants must complete the RFUW equity monitoring questionnaire, available via this link and return with their application.

The Criminal Records Bureau enhanced disclosure applies to this post.


Job Title England Squad Doctor

Responsible to Head of Medicine

Term of Appointment Nov 2009 – Sep 2010

Salary £275 per day

Hours of Work Approx 85 days (see below for detail)

Job Purpose

To deliver a World Class Medicine service to the England squad.

Main Duties

1. To provide injury diagnosis / advice / treatment / management at training and match weekends.

2. Lead the RFUW medical team at training and competition sessions.

3. Manage player prehab and rehab programmes and co ordinate all medical information on England Elite squad players including production of the weekly update of players for coaches.

4. Co ordination of English Institute of Sport (EIS) information to the RFUW.

5. Immediate care of injuries at training and pitch side for matches.

6. Liaison with Premiership medics regarding elite squad players.

7. To participate as part of a multidisciplinary team that will lead to the effective development of WC rugby programme.

8. Run regular clinics at Twickenham for London based players.

9. Regular meetings with Head of Medicine to review protocols and discuss treatment plans of players.

10. To provide reports and monitoring and evaluation reports as required and maintain appropriate records for treatments.

11. Attend squad case conferences.

12. Maintain knowledge and learning development in relation to current and innovative practice in the field.

13. Ensure medical equipment is maintained to appropriate standards with regular checks.

14. At all times to observe and abide by the RFUW rules, regulations and codes of conduct to avoid bringing the game or the RFUW into disrepute.
Dates & Hours of Work:

General weekly cover of approx 6-12 hours.

Significant evening and weekend work along with travel in the UK and Europe to cover for all key events as per dates below:

11.11.09 – 15.11.09 England v New Zealand
18.11.09 – 22.11.09 England v New Zealand
19.12.09 – 20.12.09 England Training Camp
02.01.10 – 03.01.10 England Training Camp
30.01.10 – 31.01.10 England Training Camp
05.02.10 – 07.02.10 Six Nations
12.02.10 – 14.02.10 Six Nations
27.02.10 – 01.03.10 Six Nations
06.03.10 – 07.03.10 England Training Camp
12.03.10 – 14.03.10 Six Nations
19.03.10 – 21.03.10 Six Nations
01.07.10 – 07.07.10 England World Cup Training Camp
12.07.10 – 15.07.10 England World Cup Training Camp
22.07.10 – 28.07.10 England World Cup Training Camp
02.08.10 – 05.08.10 England World Cup Training Camp
09.08.10 – 15.08.10 England World Cup Training Camp
16.08.10 – 06.09.10 World Cup

It is understood that the individual may not be able to attend all of the World Cup Training Camps and there is some flexibility of cover by other Doctors, to be discussed.

Person Specification

E = Essential
D = Desirable


E Fully registered with the general Medical Council
E Diploma or MSc in Sports Medicine
E PSITCC/REMO/AREA or equivalent qualification
E Appropriate medical indemnity for working with sports teams


E Experience working in elite sport
E Evidence of competency in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic medicine
D Experience working with female athletes
D Experience working with team sports
D Experience working with rugby

Personal Qualities

D Management and leadership skills
E Excellent verbal and written communication
E Excellent interpersonal skills
D Confident and outgoing personality
D Self-starter - able to work on own initiative
E Clear thinker, able to exercise good judgement under pressure
E Good team player, able to motivate and prepared to support others
E Flexible and adaptable


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