Saturday, 16 January 2010

2nd ECOSEP Congress Queen Mary, Skeels Lecture Theatre, 9th - 11th September 2010, London

ECOSEP Congress is an international interdisciplinary event which is held every two years and attracts over 400 participants from all over Europe.
As UK has defined the standards of the SEM professional, the 2nd ECOSEP congress will be held in London, 9-11 September 2010.

Prof Nicola Maffulli, Prof Charls Galasko, Prof Karim Kahn, Nat Padhiar, John King, Zoe Hudson and N. Malliaropoulos will form part of the organising committee.

We welcome contributions from:

Sports Medicine Physicians
Orthopaedic Surgeons
Podiatric Surgeons
Manual Therapists
Exercise Therapists
Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians

This will be an important SEM meeting which we hope will galvanise sports physicians into action in preparation for the 2012 Olympics in London.

The Organising and Scientific Committee would like to welcome you to join us. You can attend as a delegate or as an Oral or Poster presenter.

Relevant Documentation can be downloaded here

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Person Specification - Community Consultant Sports and Exercise Medicine - Connect Physical Health- Contact Kerry Thackray Tel 0191 2504858

Person Specification

Essential Requirements
Desirable Requirements
Education &
*       Medical degree
*       Registration with GMC
*       On Specialist Register Sports & Exercise medicine
*       Eligible for Revalidation
*       Medical defence insurance cover
*       Evidence of relevant CPD

*       MRCGP
*       Postgraduate training/ qualification in MSK Ultrasound

Knowledge & Understanding
*       Up to date with effective professional practice and research
*       Up to date with effective musculoskeletal medical practice including research and related fields of practice
*       Understanding of Public Health Agenda in relation to Physical Activity
*       Knowledge and understanding of Community MSK services
*       Thorough understanding of clinical governance and its implications for service provision
*       Sound knowledge of quality and audit and how to implement change
*       Understanding of scope of practice issues and legal accountability and responsibilities
*       Ability to comprehend, write and implement policies
*       Basic computer literacy and willingness to incorporate IT into daily practice.

*       Use of MSK Ultrasound in clinical practice
*       Worked in General Practice for at least 6 months
*       Worked in Public Health for at least 6 months
*       Worked in elite team sport for at least 2 years
*       Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team in a multi-sport environment
*       Experience in a wide range of joint /soft-tissue injection techniques
*       Teaching/supervision/training/mentoring of professional staff
*       Working in Intermediate Care MSK clinics
*       Ultrasound guided injections
*       Triage of common MSK conditions
*       Membership of related special interest group
*       Understanding of strategic and political issues affecting advanced practice healthcare

Skills & Abilities
*       Ability to develop the varied role of SEM in the Community
*       Critical appraisal of clinical evidence and evidence based practice
*       Audit
*       Appraising and undertaking research
*       Excellent written and spoken presentation skills
*       Knowledge of complex cases in musculoskeletal field
*       Ability to justify clinical decisions with consultants, GPwSI’s, Physiotherapists and GP’s
*       Independent and unsupervised advanced decision-making and problem solving skills
*       Ability to successfully promote the SEM Community role to primary and secondary care and PCT’s
*       Clinical leadership to teams and individuals
*       Ability to pass on skills/knowledge to others in formal and informal settings
*       Maintained portfolio of continuing professional development
*       Maintain professional judgement under pressure and during conflict with patients and all other stakeholders
*       Collaborative working within and across organisational boundaries
*       Innovative and creative in developing services in the absence of formal guidance
*       Interpretation of written information to make partial clinical judgements during paper triage.

*       Previous experience in service development and/or project work
Other Qualities & Attributes
*       Willing to promote Connect as an NHS provider to Commissioners
*       Diplomacy, resilience and robustness to work within an evolving new clinical role and service
*       Valid UK/EU driving licence with access to own transport

Job Description Community Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine - Connect Physical Health - 0191 2504858

Description of Post

Post Title
Community Consultant in Sports & Exercise Medicine – full or part-time, minimum of 7 sessions

Location of post
Based in North-East of England but may on occasion require travel to Connect contracts throughout the UK.

Accountable and Responsible to:
1.  Clinical Governance: Director of Clinical Governance
2.  Operationally: Managing Director & to Dr Graeme Wilkes, Clinical Lead

Specification of Post (supplied in detail separately)
The post holder will be on the Specialist Register for Sports and Exercise Medicine and be committed to developing and providing:

  • Community Musculoskeletal clinics  for NHS patients
  • Sports Medicine to Sports Teams and Individuals
  • Public health role around Physical Activity in the Community

The successful candidate will have specialist levels of MSK knowledge and skills which are up to date with current research.

The post holder will be willing and and proficient at passing on knowledge and skills to others within Connect and outside to relevant parties such as GPs.

They will demonstrate enthusiasm for innovation within a progressive organisation and for promoting the service and organisation to the wider community.

Duties of Post

  1. The post holder will provide expert musculoskeletal assessment, diagnosis and treatment consistent with their specialist status. Musculoskeletal Services will be provided in a Community NHS Intermediate Care setting, in Connects High Street clinics and /or to teams/ individuals who contract/request MSK services from Connect
  2. The post-holder will work on behalf of Connect with local clinicians, local authority and the independent and voluntary sector on the Public Health agenda. He/she will work to attract funding to develop physical activity programmes in the community to meet the government public health agenda. Once developed, the post holder will provide management and clinical input into developed schemes.
  3. The post holder will contribute to service development allied to Musculoskeletal Medicine through generation of ideas, through to generation of business case, presenting to commissioners and to implementation.

  1. The post holder will work with Connects partners to delvelop and deliver new and existing services

  1. The post-holder will be required to maintain contemporaneous records of all interactions with patients and behave in accordance with standards expected by:-
i         Connect Physical Health
ii        The GMC

  1. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to audit and research with a view to promotion of Connect and of Sport & Exercise Medicine in the wider community.

  1. He/she will be expected to maintain a high standard of professional and clinical practice and demonstrate a willingness to develop further skills through the processes of :
1.    In service training
2.    Continuing Professional Development
3.    Individual Performance Reviews

6.  The post-holder will contribute to training of other members of Connect staff including Physiotherapists and GPwSIs and external professionals such as GP’s

Terms and Conditions of Service

·         Employment will be by contractual agreement
·         30 days annual leave plus public holidays
·         Flexible pension options available
·         Internal CPD provided
·         Travel expense reimbursement
·         Employment will be subject to confidential medial report by own GRB clearance.

The duties of this post may be subject to variation form time to time following consultation with the post holder.

Health & Safety
      It is the general duty of every employee to take reasonable care for the Health & safety of him/herself and others.

     All staff are required to respect confidentiality of all matters that they may learn relating to their employment, other members of staff and the general public.


In writing or electronically including

1. Letter of application
2. Current Curriculum Vitae
3. Names and contact details of 2 referees

to: Kerry Thackray                     Tel 0191 2504858
     HR Department                     email
     Connect Physical Health
     36 Apex Business Village
     Northumberland NE23 7BF

Closing date: 20th January 2010


Connect was established in the North-East of England in 1989 and has been delivering Community based services to the NHS for over 17 years. Connect delivers more community care to more NHS Musculoskeletal (MSK) patients than any other independent provider.  In all, Connect services 9 PCTs (six North and South of the Tyne, Nottinghamshire, Camden and Hampshire).

Connect provides MSK services in

  • NHS Primary Care Physiotherapy
  • NHS Intermediate Care CATS
  • NHS Chronic Pain Service
  • Occupational health
  • Sports Medicine

Connect clinical staff currently include:

  • General Physiotherapists (50)
  • Extended Scope Physiotherapists ( 12)
  • GPwSI in MSK (9)
  • Sports Physician (1)
  • Soft Tissue Masseur(1)
  • Sports Rehabilitation Specialist(1)
  • Strength& Conditioning Coach (1)
  • Podiatrists in Clinical Biomechanics (2)
  • Chiropractor(1)

As an organisation, Connect has expanded over the past three years through internal investment. In addition to plans to increase activity in the Community NHS services, Occupational Health Services and Clinics, Connect plans to develop services in Sports & Exercise Medicine both within and outside the NHS.

Connect is proud of its track record in innovation, with many examples of pioneering and innovation in the MSK field. The development of Sport & Exercise Medicine (SEM) as a Speciality is one that is perfectly suited to complement Connects current services and staff in the community.

This current full-time SEM role is one which will utilise all the clinical skills and training of an SEM Consultant once fully developed. As a speciality finding its place, Connect recognises the need for the role to develop. Development of the role will be prominent in the early years. This will give an SEM Consultant an exciting opportunity to use the considerable resource, connections and experience of Connect to help establish a high standard of SEM Care for the NHS, Sports teams and in Public Health.



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