British Cycling are poised to make appointments to their medical team ©Getty Images

British Cycling are seeking to appoint a head of performance support and a medical co-ordinator as they aim to implement an action plan developed after the Cycling Independent Review.

A 39-point action plan was announced by British Cycling chairman Jonathan Browning in March, when he said the organisation "failed" athletes on its world-class performance programme after accusations of sexism and bullying led to an independent review.

The review was initiated last year following former technical director Shane Sutton's resignation from his role amid accusations of sexual discrimination against track athlete Jess Varnish.

The under-fire governing body is the subject of an ongoing UK Anti-Doping investigation regarding a "mystery package" delivered for cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.

Both roles are aimed to designed to bolster British Cycling’s medical services for athletes.

“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,” said Stephen Park, British Cycling performance director.

“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.

The head of medical services will report directly to performance director Stephen Park ©Getty Images
The head of medical services will report directly to performance director Stephen Park ©Getty Images

“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.”

The head of medical services will report directly to Park, the successful candidate required to lead a progressive and impactful medical function that supports riders’ wellbeing and performance.

They will also be required to deliver a clinical service that optimises rider availability and readiness to train and compete.

British Cycling believe the roles will help them set the standard for sports medicine and athlete care, with the appointments set to further develop their rider health function and see the establishment of a clinical governance committee which will report into the British Cycling board.