Tass & Performance Sport Clinical MSc Studentships.

Our annual TASS & Performance sport studentship positions are now open to apply for at Sheffield Hallam University. These unique developmental positions are for Chartered Physiotherapists with musculoskeletal and / or sports physiotherapy experience to develop their clinical skills in multisport & MSK physiotherapy in conjunction with a fully funded MSc level study. For appropriate applicants, the opportunity to undertake an additional paid Associate Lecturing position across the foundation and physiotherapy portfolio may also be available.

Applicants must hold a U.K. recognised physiotherapy qualification, HCPC & CSP registration and have the right to live and work in the U.K.

As a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme hub the successful candidates will deliver physiotherapy services with support of senior clinicians to TASS athletes up to international level, including: Performance Sport, Team Hallam, staff, students and external partners of the University, including the Premier League Referees association. This role will include close working with our S&C department in addition to rehabilitation and return to play management of athletes across a wide range of sporting disciplines (see TeamHallam.org for non-exhaustive list). Successful candidates will be required to provide multi-sport pitch-side physiotherapy at our purpose built Sports Park and hockey grounds, supervising our team of pitch-side student physiotherapists. Opportunities in supporting physiotherapy students at external events, clinical educator roles and interdisciplinary teaching within the university may also be provided or required as part of this role.

This is a unique opportunity to apply and develop your skills, experience and understanding of multisport and MSK physiotherapy, alongside development of educational, teaching and leadership skills for future careers. This programme of study aligns with the potential for membership of the MACP upon successful completion.

Previous graduates from this role have gone on to work in a variety of sectors, including elite sports, private sector, FCP roles, higher education lecturing roles and clinical management positions.

We are looking to appoint motivated and enthusiastic physiotherapists who can demonstrate an ability to work as autonomous practitioners, as well as both effectively and creatively in a multidisciplinary team. Good communication skills are essential for this post to facilitate effective working relationships between the clinic, TASS networks, NGBs and university academic departments. The opportunity to travel nationally and internationally with individual sports may also be facilitated.
It is expected the successful candidates will have achieved or be working towards the ACPSEM Bronze Award and pitch side trauma qualifications prior to commencing employment. Mentorship with senior clinicians to support development within the ACPSEM pathway over the duration of the post can be provided. This role requires close working with our Strength & Conditioning team, engaging in multidisciplinary CPD activities as part of this. Support and encouragement will be provided to network and attend the various multidisciplinary CPD workshops and conferences held nationally by TASS during your post, with a yearly CPD fund provided to support additional CPD development.
• BSc (Hons) / MSc Physiotherapy qualification.
• Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP).
• Registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC).
• Minimum 2 years working in a musculoskeletal and/or sporting environment as a Chartered Physiotherapist.
• An understanding of current healthcare issues relating to sports physiotherapy / Musculoskeletal physiotherapy / private practice.
• Evidence of CPD with an MSK bias.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Excellent ability to work independently and within the MDT.
• Flexibility and willingness to work occasional unsociable hours and weekends.
• Able to travel across the region.
• Ability to educate and motivate athletes/coaches with programme adherence
• Ambitious, innovative and pro-active with regard to their work.

• ACPSEM Bronze award or higher.
• Sports Trauma Qualification (or the ability to gain one before commencement of post as an essential criteria).
• Experience of working with athletes / managing sports injuries at a competitive level.
• Experience in delivering athlete / client education.
• Knowledge of exercise prescription / strength and conditioning.
• Understanding of Private Practice.

It is expected you will deliver up to 20 hours per week clinical cover during peak times and in line with university demands, which includes 6 hours per week overseeing the BUCS sporting fixtures. We offer flexibility regards when this can be undertaken dependant on the needs of the clinic during our opening hours of Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5pm, your timetabled study and external employment should you need. The university is closed during public holidays including the week of Christmas and additional university bank holidays where you will not be required to provide cover.
Course fees for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Musculoskeletal Management will be funded and within this your choice of modules to study, and a tax-free monthly bursary provided to support the successful candidates with their studentship role (£12,000 Pro Rata). Support & flexibility will be given for external employment around this studentship role, as all our clinical staff have undertaken this role successfully alongside private MSK employment or sporting employment. We would be happy to advise if you are relocating to the area.
Associate lecturing roles for those appropriate will require a separate application upon successful appointment to the above post and is remunerated in line with SHU AL pay scales (£45.90/hour).
Both posts will commence in September 2023. The length of this post can be negotiated dependent on your preference to complete the 2-year MSc programme within the flexibility of the studentship or complete your final credits once returning to full-time employment.
A more detailed job specification is available upon request, or to discuss this role further please contact our clinical and lecturing staff below who have both completed the studentship programme:

Lee Higginbotham
Senior Lecturer Practitioner

Anneliese Ferreira
Lecturer and SHU clinic manager

How to apply:
Please send your C.V. and covering letter expressing your
suitability for this post to both: L.Higginbotham@shu.ac.uk & af1441@exchange.shu.ac.uk

Please send your C.V. and covering letter expressing your suitability for this post to both: L.Higginbotham@shu.ac.uk & af1441@exchange.shu.ac.uk