The Blackberry Group is excited to announce an innovative MSK Fellowship Programme for a Sport & Exercise Physician on the GMC Specialist Register (or finalising their CCT). The programme has been developed in line with national strategies for MSK workforce competency and seeks to develop higher knowledge and skills in supplementation of existing specialist training.
The Blackberry Group is an expanding national network of Sport & Musculoskeletal Clinics with a vision to support the development of higher MSK competency within Sport & Exercise Medicine. We recognise that, to achieve this, we need to create a post-CCT training environment and champion the integration of our Doctors into local NHS services. In support of this strategy we are bidding for community MSK contracts.
Alongside MSK Physicians we are also committed to supporting a truly multi-disciplinary team including the CSP agenda for Advanced Practice Physiotherapists. New models of excellence are emerging nationally and we recognise the need to be at the forefront of these.
Location: Milton Keynes (with occasional travel to Oxford Clinic for mentorship if needed)
Duration: 12 months
Hours: minimum of 5-6 sessions per week (20-24 hours)
Must be on (or finalising CCT) the GMC Specialist Register for SEM
Commitment to developing the Speciality of SEM on a wider level and integration with local NHS and Public Health services
Preferred Criteria: (although the Programme will cover these elements)
Some experience in providing MSK care in a non-Hospital context (or within a Hospital SEM unit)
Some experience in MSK Ultrasound
Commencement: as soon as practicable
Direct mentorship from recognised Senior MSK Physicians
Extensive study leave and budget included in the Programme
In service appraisal from a Senior SEM Consultant
Blackberry Gym Membership
The programme lasts for 12 months and will involve the assessment and management of the full range
of simple and complex peripheral and axial MSK conditions under the supervision of our Senior MSK
Physicians. As part of this supervision the Fellow will receive:
Full training and mentorship in Advanced MSK Ultrasound skills (including PGCert and FSEM
DOPS course fees - worth £2500)
Full training and mentorship in core Lumbar Spine injection procedures (including course fees,
travel and accommodation at one of the international cadaveric training events provided by
the Spine Intervention Society worth £3000)
Support in career development in SEM and MSK Medicine via in-service appraisal with a senior
SEM Consultant (which will supplement formal yearly appraisal via the FSEM)
Certification via DOPS, CbD, MSF and Audit to confirm competency
We will also expect the Fellow to complete a 12-month audit project which will contribute to the body
of knowledge around the efficacy of SEM-MSK services and they will be encouraged to present this at
a national conference.
On completion of the programme the Fellow will be offered a formal Consultant role within one of the
Blackberry Group Clinics with enhanced remuneration linked to clinic development, support for NHS
bids and further support for the evolution of the Specialty (including training future Fellows).
This post would suit a SEM Doctor who has recently obtained their CCT in SEM, who wishes to obtain
high level experience and skill in MSK Medicine and who has a passion for the development of the
Speciality of SEM within the UK and particularly within the NHS. Due to the volume of training to be
delivered this post cannot be offered at less than 5 sessions per week and the applicant must be able
to travel to Milton Keynes (or occasionally Oxford).
Applications or expressions of interest should be emailed, along with a supporting CV, to: