Careers in SEM

Careers in Sport and Exercise Medicine can be varied in this broad-based specialty and SEM practitioners tend to work with in a multi-disciplinary team. SEM practitioners can work in a number of settings providing medical care across the NHS and sport and exercise at all levels.

SEM in the NHS

Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) services in the NHS are flexible and can be delivered in primary, secondary and intermediate care settings. SEM physicians and consultants work in the NHS delivering Exercise Medicine Services and providing SEM led Musculoskeletal Services.

Currently 19 NHS trusts in England employ SEM Consultants*. As growing numbers of medical professionals choose to specialise in the area. the Faculty is actively working to increase the number of Sport and Exercise Medicine positions in the NHS.

(*source Heath Education England Medical medical workforce planning programme for Sport and Exercise Medicine 2016)

Job Vacancies

Vacancies advertised on our website are provided by third parties; we have no control over the content of the advertisements and accept no responsibility for them. Vacancies listed on the Faculty website do not imply Faculty endorsement.   


Speciality Doctor – MSK

The MSK/spinal service in Basingstoke is looking to recruit additional clinicians to work in this nationally-recognised successful MDT clinic, working alongside, and integrated with the Orthopaedic department.

We are looking for a dynamic, innovative individual who is keen to take on this developing role and has an interest in the Musculoskeletal speciality. This role is outpatient based but is the qualities and personality that an individual can bring to this role that we are particularly interested in.

We are looking to expand this service and therefore require additional skilled and motivated clinicians.

For further details / informal visits contact: Michael Rossiter (

The job description can be found here


Team Sky Race Doctor

Salary Competitive

Location Home based with travel

Contract type Permanent (Part time)

Closing date 24 August 2018 – Interview date 17 September 2018

An opportunity has arisen for a Doctor to join Team Sky’s medical team.
The Race Doctor will work with the team on races and at training camps for upwards of 90 days over the course of the calendar year. They will also be required to work a specified number of admin days per year.

More information and details on how to apply can be found here


Spines and Upper Quadrant Rehabilitation Medicine/SEM Consultant

Job Reference: J221-A-18-2593

Employer:Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services)
Department:Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre
Location:Stanford Hall, Stanford On Soar, Nr Loughborough
Salary: £76,761 – £103,490 *pay award pending

Applications are invited for a vacant consultant post to work with the Spines and Upper Quadrant team at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough.

The post is for enthusiastic and dedicated consultants delivering 10 programmed activities (PAs) per week of consultant-led, multi-disciplinary musculoskeletal spinal or upper limb rehabilitation to injured service personnel. This team focuses primarily on mechanical back and upper limb problems but is equipped to deal with the wide range of associated complications. They see the worst cases passing through the military rehabilitation chain and therefore need the highest level of expertise to help them recover.

For more information please see here


Connacht Rugby – Lead Doctor

Applications are invited for a Lead Doctor on a part time basis (two days per week) with Connacht Rugby, Galway.  The successful candidate will work closely within the Senior and Developmental Medical team as well as linking with the Management Team and CEO.  More details on the position and how to apply can be found here

Closing date for applications is:  Friday 31 August 2018


Summer World University Games – Head Doctor Great Britain

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is seeking to appoint a highly qualified and experienced volunteer Head Doctor to lead medical support and delivery for the Great Britain delegation, “Team GBR”, due to compete at the 2019 World University Games (the Universiade).

The successful applicant will take the role for one World University Games cycle, from appointment through to August 2019, and may be reappointed for an additional cycle dependent on performance.

The Universiade is staged every two years, and the next event will be in Naples, Italy, 3-14 July 2019.

The Universiade is the second largest multi-sports event in the World after the Olympics. It is anticipated that there will be over 12,000 participants from over 170 countries competing in 250 events across 18 sports. The Universiade represents the experience most akin to an Olympics in terms of scale, Village life and competition standard.

As the first Universiade in Europe for some time, Great Britain anticipate sending a large delegation of around 200-250 persons.  Further information can be viewed on the BUCS and Naples 2019 websites.

Additionally, the domestic BUCS National and BUCS ‘Big Wednesday’ Championships take place annually in February and March over a period of 2-4 days each. It is expected that the Head Doctor will be available for the duration of these events.

It is expected that the Head Doctor for the Summer WUGS will work closely with their counterpart for the Winter WUGS, and also with the Summer and Winter WUGs Head Physiotherapists in respect of their role.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 17th August 2018.

Further information and a job description can be found here

Please contact Helen Roberts with any queries in respect of the role, on 0207 633 5080 or


Clinical Fellow Sports Medicine

Applications are invited for an innovative 2-year post combining Sport and Exercise and Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of North Tees. This post will give the successful applicant the experience and skills to develop a portfolio in Emergency Medicine and to acquire Sport and Exercise Medicine experience and qualifications. The department would ordinarily fund the successful applicant to undertake the Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Bath, however, as applications will have closed for this academic year we will consider supporting the funding of other relevant educational opportunities.

The post holder would be incorporated into our three tier junior rota depending upon previous emergency medicine experience. They will be given the chance to work alongside two consultants with additional SEM qualifications to develop their specialty knowledge.

Alternatively, we would welcome applications from doctors who have completed their SEM training and are trying to find NHS employment. We would welcome their further SEM skills and offer the opportunity to increase EM skills and complete a suitable EM portfolio to complement their SEM training.

For more information please see here


Locum Consultant SEM or Rheumatology and Rehabilitation post – Stanford Hall

Locum Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine or Rheumatology or Rehabilitation Medicine required to work at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall, Loughborough.

This is a full time locum post  delivering musculoskeletal rehabilitation for young injured service personnel.

For further information, please contact Sandra Needham at Military Medical Personnel. Tel 0208 943 8235 or email




Locum GPs with Diploma in SEM required to work in MoD settings – vacancies nationwide

Locum GPs with  Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) required to cover part time  posts at various MoD’s Regional Rehabilitation Units nationwide. The successful candidates will work as part of a multidisciplinary team looking after Military patients with complex musculoskeletal sport, exercise and training injuries and will provide a range of investigations and treatment interventions such as Musculoskeletal ultrasounds, Injections Therapy and Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy. Part time vacancies available at the following locations:

  • Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  • Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • Colchester, Essex
  • Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Prior MoD experience is not essential.

For further details, please call Sandra Needham on 0208 943 8235 or email


Useful resources

NHS Job Plans and Service Description (explains SEM within the context of the NHS): download here

NHS Health Careers – Sport and Exercise Medicine overview

NHS medical careers events: view here

A Fresh Approach in Practice documents: promoting SEM in the NHS: download here