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CITY PARTNER WITH UKIM TO DELIVER MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR PLAYERS

31 August 2023

Club News

CITY PARTNER WITH UKIM TO DELIVER MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR PLAYERS

31 August 2023

Bradford City AFC is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with UK Independent Medical, who will provide bespoke mental health support for the club’s first team players. 

UKIM will deliver a comprehensive package to help each of City’s players proactively manage their mental wellbeing.

HCPC-approved clinicians will host initial and follow-up assessments with players, as well as being on hand with a 24-hour helpline and an immediate clinical escalation service. 

Ian Scanlan, managing director of UKIM (pictured above, right), said: “Proactive mental health and wellbeing care is a must for any professional athlete in this day and age, and it is great to see Bradford City adopting a comprehensive policy to protect their players.”

Ben Jones, UKIM sports consultant (above, left), added: “I am proud that Bradford City are the first football club to enhance their player support package in this way. The care now afforded across the club is groundbreaking and will benefit players, coaches and staff immensely.” 

City’s player welfare officer, Robbie Bloodworth, said: “This partnership with UKIM represents a huge step in our journey to support our players’ mental health to the same capacity we do their physical health, providing a person-first, athlete-second service.

“A proactive approach to mental health promotion is essential to help our players to flourish, as the mere absence of a mental ill health condition is not a barometer of a player displaying optimal levels of wellbeing.

“By supporting our players in such ways, we are helping them create a solid platform to achieve their personal and performance goals, both in and out of a sporting environment.”

UK Independent Medical is a Durham-based leading health services provider, offering support with independent medical reporting, diagnostics, rehabilitation and occupational health and wellbeing.

It has over 3,000 national medical experts and 200 staff who have been providing effective health packages to customers since 2003.

To find out more about UK Independent Medical and the services they offer, please CLICK HERE


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