Thursday, 28 January 2010

Elite Rugby Medical Standards Auditor - Rugby Football Union - Please respond by 10.2.2010

Elite Rugby Medical Standards Auditor

Each year pmpgenesis on behalf of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Premier Rugby Limited (PRL) undertake an independent audit of all 12 Premiership and selected Championship clubs as part of the Professional Game Board (PGB) Minimum Standards Criteria (the PGB is an umbrella organisation representing the RFU and PRL). The Criteria detail the minimum standards applicable to all clubs wishing to play in the Premiership for the upcoming season. The Criteria include medical standards for which an independent medical auditor is required.

The overall purpose of the Criteria is to improve the standards (business, facility and operating) within the Premiership appropriate to raising the national profile and development of the game. The medical and safety standards are in place to ensure that all Clubs have a professionally qualified support team providing high quality medical care for the benefit of players, officials and spectators.

The medical and safety elements of the Criteria define standards of medical facilities, equipment and processes for players and spectators and the audit includes an assessment of:
·         Emergency Care processes and Trauma care equipment
·         Match day medical facilities for players and spectators
·         Qualifications, Professional indemnity, CPD, appraisal processes and Hepatitis B status for medical personnel (principally Medical practitioners, Physiotherapists and Sports Massage Therapists)
·         Clinical note keeping
·         Compliance with a number of mandatory injury reporting processes

The audit needs to be undertaken by a qualified medical practitioner, with Sport and Exercise Medicine experience in the professional club environment, clinical governance experience and with full registration with licence to practice with the General Medical Council. Previous experience of undertaking a similar role would be desirable.

Key medical audit responsibilities

Role as a specialist project consultant for the medical aspects of the audits, key tasks to:
·         attend briefing meeting with pmpgenesis and RFU/ PRL representatives to go through the audit process
·         undertake an audit of Medical and Safety related criteria for all 12 Premiership clubs (plus Championship clubs as required by the RFU/ PRL) to assess compliance with the following criteria (as detailed in the PGB Minimum Standards Criteria 2010/11 document): M1-M2, and M21-M37
·         visit each club and meet with the Head of the Medical Team (ie lead physio or club doctor). The date of the meetings/ arrangements to be set up by the consultant following pmpgenesis correspondence in February
·         complete all medical audits prior to 31 March 2010
·         write up the audit findings in full, in the agreed format, by 7 April 2010 to inform the audit process and final outputs
·         communicate with pmpgenesis members of the project team as required eg advise if there are any issues to emerge from the audit that require following up at pmpgenesis' match day audit.


The following outputs are required:
·         completion of Medical and Safety section of audit report (in accordance with an agreed project timetable)
·         clarification of reports and compliance issues through communication with the pmpgenesis team
·         provide feedback to inform the annual revision of the medical criteria, based on the audit process and findings.


£300 per club and therefore assuming a minimum of 13 clubs a minimum total fee of £3,900 plus expenses incurred at cost. Additional fees for attendance at future project team meetings etc to support the Criteria review process, will be paid at the rate of £300 per half day.

Contact details

Helen Delany
Senior Consultant

Mobile: 07919 321357

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Diagnosis and Management of Lower Leg Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS): The international perspective. Research Survey

Diagnosis and Management of Lower Leg Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS): The international perspective.

Dear Member of Open Sports Medicine 

You are invited to participate in a survey to establish current practices in the diagnosis and management of CECS of the Leg. 

The aim of this survey is to establish current practices of those involved in the management of this condition internationally so that it may act as a platform for further research and the basis for a consensus position.

CECS is a common condition affecting recreational sportsmen, athletic and military personnel believed to be triggered by an exercise induced increase in pressure within a myofascial compartment. The resulting reduction of blood flow, nerve and muscle function leads to exercise-limiting pain that is gradually overcome on stopping the activity. Studies have estimated the prevalence of CECS in patients with exercise induced leg pain as ranging from 10-60% depending on the diagnostic criteria adopted though this may be even higher in a military population. Current literature suggests that there is divergence in acceptance of the underlying pathology, the criteria adopted for diagnosis and the management of this condition.

There have been no internationally adopted standards in the diagnostic criteria for CECS.  Surgical techniques vary widely and there is little published follow-up with a standardised outcome measure.

This work is being carried out at the University of Bath School for Health by Dr David Roscoe who can be contacted via or telephone +44 02392586913/ +44 07740431341.

This project has the approval of the University of Bath School For Health Ethics Approval Panel.

Data Protection
Data collected during this process will be retained for 10 years then destroyed.

The following web-link will take you to a short questionnaire which will take approximately 5 minutes of your time.

Many thanks for your participation in this study.

Dr David Roscoe
Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander Royal Navy

Sunday, 24 January 2010

ParalympicsGB Core Staff Team 2010 - 2012 Job Opportunities

ParalympicsGB Core Staff Team 2010 - 2012
With a little over 2 years to go to the London 2012 Paralympic Games, ParalympicsGB is looking to recruit a team of Sport Science & Medicine / Health Care specialists to lead and deliver the ParalympicsGB London 2012 Performance Preparation Strategy and to make significant contributions to ‘the best prepared team’ at the London 2012 Paralympic Games …
The collective Paralympic target for London 2012 is 2nd on the Medal Table, winning more medals in more sports. ParalympicsGB is determined to support this target by selecting world class personnel across all areas of the core team. A commitment to Paralympic sport is a pre requisite of selection for the core team and the identification process will be rigorous in terms of qualifications, experience, personal qualities and, ultimately, team fit.
ParalympicsGB now welcomes Expression of Interest for identified core staff positions for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the London 2012 pre Games Preparation Camp Programme…Highly qualified and experienced Sports Science & Medicine specialists / Health Care practitioners are encouraged to register an interest by detailing their specific competencies against the job description / person specification. ParalympicsGB will then offer the opportunity for identified practitioners to apply to be considered for a formal interview.
The Roles
Lead Medical Officer – Camps
Core Staff Medical Officer Position(s)

Please note that in the first instance ParalympicsGB will be confirming the lead positions of Medical Officer (Camps), Nurse (Games and Camps positions), and Physiotherapist (Games and Camps positions). ‘Long lists’ will be compiled based on expression of interest for other positions.
Interview dates will be February 23rd / 24th 2010 in central London
For essential criteria pro forma please contact Kim Tunbridge, Executive Officer
T: 0207 842 5789
Closing dates for Expression of Interest is Monday 8th February 2010
For any additional information please contact Penny Briscoe, Director of Performance ParalympicsGB
M: 07810 856327


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