AN opportunity has arisen at short notice to head the medical department at Bradford Bulls.

The closing date for applications for this permanent role is at 5pm next Monday, as the successful applicant is required as soon as possible for pre-season training.

Working in the performance department, with the hours of work dependent on the needs of the club, the successful candidate will lead Bulls' science, medicine and performance team.

The successful candidate will also report directly to the head coach, John Kear.

The ideal candidate must have excellent communication, interpersonal and managerial skills to represent the department.

Clinically, the candidate must exhibit excellent knowledge of current evidence-based practice, and have a thorough understanding of upper, lower and spinal pathologies.

The head physiotherapist/therapist must demonstrate a confident ability to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries with an appropriate time-frame, with a prognosis in line with those of sporting demands and concurrent training.

When necessary, the head physiotherapist/therapist will support the assistant and academy physiotherapists in their ability to provide the same pathway of care, facilitating their development as independent clinicians.



Assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of all senior squad players

Screening of short and long-term injury predispositions

Design and implement management plans of injured players

Provide pitch-side trauma cover for training and games

Appropriate record keeping in line with medico-legal requirements and those regulatory bodies

General house-keeping and maintenance of the department

Be the main point of liaison within the department

Maintain strong working relationships with the strength and conditioning and performance team regarding training schedules, workload and programmes, both on-field and gym-based

Have a clear and transparent pathway of communication with the coaching team and other stakeholders

Take an active role in the maintenance of standards and criteria set within the RFL Audit

Take an active role in the development of all staff within the department, inclusive of first team and the academy.

Maintain and drive standards of discipline, respect and professional behaviour within the department



Essential: BSc in Physiotherapy/ Sports Therapy/ Sports Rehab as a minimum, IMMOFP, ATMIFF and PHICIS qualifications.

Also required: Current DBS clearance, prior experience of pitch-side duties, prior clinical experience in the musculoskeletal setting, including the use of contemporary methods of injury management and functional rehabilitation as part of a return to play pathway, knowledge of strength and conditioning principles, ability to lead qualified physiotherapists/therapists, IMMOFP or equivalent qualified,

Desirable criteria: Experience in a rugby environment


Able to demonstrate the ability to mix with different departments, effectively communicating and distributing information, honest, hard-working, organised, flexible over working week, evidence of a commitment to individual professional development


Flexibility with working hours required to meet demands of the role, full and clean UK driving licence

Only applicants that meet the above criteria will be considered for the role, and the salary is negotiable, dependent on experience.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Under the Disclosure and Barring Service and in accordance with the club’s own rules regarding safeguarding, the post-holder will be required to meet minimum criteria regarding safeguarding and a Disclosure and Barring Check will be required in this post.

Exceptions Order to Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 applies.

You can apply by emailing Bulls head coach John Kear at with your CV and a brief overview as to why you think you should be considered for the role.