British Cycling has opened the recruitment process for the role of head of medical services for the Great Britain Cycling Team.
The creation of the new role, which went to advert on 11 July, along with the recruitment of a new head of performance support and a new medical co-ordinator – the recruitment process for both roles will open shortly - reflects the ambition of British Cycling to set the standard for sports medicine and athlete care.
The head of medical services role will report directly to the performance director, Stephen Park, and hold the responsibility of ”leading a progressive and impactful medical function that supports riders’ wellbeing and performance” and ”to deliver a clinical service that optimises rider availability and readiness to train and compete”.
The new role follows the announcement in June of a series of reforms designed to bolster British Cycling’s medical services for athletes.
As well as the new head of medical services role the reforms will also further develop our rider health function and see the establishment of a Clinical Governance Committee which will report into the British Cycling board.
The overhaul of medical services comes as part of wider changes across British Cycling as the governing body continues to implement the 39 point action plan that was written in response to the findings of the Cycling Independent Review.
Performance director Stephen Park said: “The appointment of a head of medical services is a big step forward for the Great Britain Cycling Team as we strive to enhance the welfare of our riders. To ensure we remain world leaders in our sport, it is imperative that we provide our athletes and coaches with the best support possible. Once we have filled this post and the new positions of head of performance support and medical assistant, our performance services provision to riders will move closer to our aspirations to be world’s best.
“One of my priorities since joining the team in May was to ensure our staffing structure can allow us to fully focus on what it takes to win in Tokyo 2020, and I’m pleased we’ve been able to appoint three new physiologists and three new strength and conditioning coaches over recent months.
“Now is a really exciting time to be a part of this team as we have big plans for our future, not least to continue our successes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we look forward to welcoming the new recruits on to our journey.”