PARALYMPICS IRELAND: CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Posted 08 Jan 2019

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Position Title: Chief Medical Officer Status: Contract for services on a fixed term part-time basis 1 day per week (48 weeks per year) until Dec 31st 2020. Full attendance at Paralympic Games in Tokyo with Team Ireland.

Location: Sport Ireland Institute, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

The role will involve local and International Travel

Reporting to: High Performance Director
This is an opportunity for a highly motivated, driven individual to play a key role within a multi-sport environment,
to use their skills to support elite athletes with a disability, to lead up to the Paralympic Games
in Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

JOB PURPOSE
As Chief Medical Officer, you will work as part of the medical services team for Paralympics Ireland
and be responsible for the implementation of medical services to athletes, in the lead up to, during and
after Tokyo 2020.
The role will involve the medical management of athletes and strong, open communication with other
members of the support team. You will be able to evidence a strong track record of delivery and operational
excellence and can deal with a complex medical environment.

SPECIFIC KEY TASKS
1. Deliver Paralympics Ireland’s Medical Service/Programme for the Paralympic Games and other
competitions in the lead up to Tokyo 2020. This will involve attendance at the Paralympic Games for
a period to be determined, up to three weeks.
2. Participate in any post competition debrief as requested by the Performance Operations Manager/
Medical Services Co-ordinator. Contribute to the development of an ethos of elite performance
among all panel members and support staff.
3. Help Coordinate, in conjunction with the Medical Service Co-ordinator, and within the multi-disciplinary
team, injury and illness care planning of these issues with integration of return to training
and competition planning.
4. Act as the clinical lead for all complex medical cases.
5. To manage the relevant athlete information and referral within Paralympics Ireland through an
in-depth reporting structure. This may involve referral to external professional providers at times
and include planning for athletes moving to an appropriate external professional as part of a transition
structure.
6. Provide a responsive, accessible medical service consistent with Irish Sport Anti-doping Policies,
to all PI panel athlete members as specified by Paralympics Ireland, both at home and at
competition and camp venues, and any other location deemed appropriate to meet the requirements
of the job role.
7. Understands and informs the injury and illness prevention strategy, injury and illness reporting
protocol requirements and individual sports service requirements.
8. Maintain ongoing appropriate professional development.
9. Assist athletes and coaches achieve their performance objectives through appropriate and effective
medical support. Reporting care plans to appropriate people within a reasonable timeline
consistent with needs of athletes and healthcare system.
10. Keep clinic hours at defined times.
11. Produce a service provision report to the High Performance Director on a monthly basis and
prior to any camp or competition.
12. Agree and implement an annual individual work programme with the High Performance Director,
identifying key activities, priorities, personal objectives, timescales and performance indicators.
13. Build and maintain effective medical partnership with the Lead Medical Consultant and the
Sport Ireland Institute.
14. Input on medical related elements of the Tokyo environmental strategy for the Games and monitor
implementation of same.
15. Undertake other duties as required from time to time by the CEO, High Performance Director
or Medical Service Co-ordinator.

PERSON SPECIFICATION – Chief Medical Officer

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA
• Appropriate Registration with the Irish Medical Council with Statutory Registration and Indemnity
with appropriate CPD maintained as laid out by the Irish Medical Council.
• General medical experience.
• Postgraduate qualification/experience in Sports and Exercise Medicine.
• Member of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (or international equivalent).
• At least 5 years’ experience in elite sport.
• Excellent communication skills to deal with colleagues and athletes effectively and with empathy.

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS
• Proven experience in disability healthcare.
• Experience in working and implementing a medical service within a multi-disciplinary team
environment.
• Proven experience implementing injury and illness prevention strategies in elite athletes.
• Experience of international multi sports events.
• Ability to be adaptable and perform in a pressurised environment.
• Committed, dynamic and productive.
• A flexible approach to hours required when necessary including the ability to attend evening
and weekend meetings. Availability for full duration.
• Clean driving license/mode of transport.
• Understanding of sports structures in Ireland, including Paralympic sport.
• Ability to think out of the box to deal with the people and medical or disability related issues
that maybe encountered in Paralympic sports.
Note to all applicants:
Only those applicants who clearly demonstrate, by example, how they meet the essential criteria will
go forward to the next stage in the recruitment and selection process.
Desirable criteria may be used for shortlisting purposes if required.
All other essential and desirable criteria will be assessed by selection test and/or interview.
NB. This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication
of the areas of activity and can be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.
Suitable candidates should apply in writing with a letter and current CV to Natalie@paralymics.ie
Closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 17/01/2019
Interviews will be held the week of January 21st in the Irish Sport HQ Building, National Sports
Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Ireland. Eircode D15 D462
Queries may be directed to Natalie at Paralympics Ireland by email at Natalie@paralympics.ie or by calling 01 625 1175

Paralympics Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be treated in strict confidence.

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