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Particulars of normal

Occupational profile:

Podiatrists are registered healthcare professionals specialising within the decrease limb (ft, ankles, legs), offering top quality scientific care to folks of all ages.  A Podiatrist’s job is to work to guard folks’s ft, offering preventative recommendation, care, evaluation, analysis and therapy of a spread of issues affecting the decrease limb.  Preserving cellular and retaining independence impacts the standard of individuals’s lives. Podiatrists purpose to cut back the affect of incapacity and dysfunction and have a task in rehabilitation. They play a pivotal half in decreasing the chance of amputation, an infection, ache, deformity and hospital admissions. They may undertake a spread of podiatry interventions together with wound care, routine pores and skin and nail care, nail surgical procedure, scalpel work or take care of long run situations. They supply musculoskeletal evaluation after which instigate a therapy plan to enhance or improve motion or cut back ache. They prescribe purposeful insoles for the administration of foot / decrease limb situations.

Each day actions embody:

  • assessing sufferers, differentially diagnosing situations
  • agreeing and negotiating therapy plans in partnership with the affected person
  • treating decrease limb situations similar to nail and pores and skin pathology, musculoskeletal situations, ache and wounds
  • coping with folks with difficult medical and social situations and their issues, offering evidence-based interventions
  • providing holistic patient-centred well being training
  • scientific administration and administration together with maintaining information, appointment administration, inventory management and sustaining the scientific setting

Entry Necessities:

Sometimes 3 A ranges or equal entry qualification.

Qualification necessities:

You may be required to finish a Well being and Care Professions Council (HCPC) authorized BSc (Honours) or (the place the apprentice already holds a degree 6 honours diploma) a pre-registration MSc in Podiatry. Apprentices with out degree 2 English and maths might want to obtain this degree previous to finishing the end-point evaluation.  For these with an training, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Stage 3 and British Signal Language qualification are an alternative choice to English {qualifications} for whom that is their main language.  

Skilled registration:

On completion of the apprenticeship it is possible for you to to use to the Well being and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to register and apply as a Podiatrist within the UK, offering you’ve the required BSc or MSc course in Podiatry. (See HCPC Requirements of Conduct, Efficiency & Ethics; Requirements of Proficiency & Requirements of Persevering with Skilled Improvement

Trade particular requirement: 

Throughout your apprenticeship it’s essential to meet the 15 requirements as set out within the Care Certificates. The CQC anticipate that suppliers comply with these requirements to ensure new workers are supported, expert and assessed as competent to hold out their roles (see




sometimes 4 years

Evaluate Date:

After 3 years


You may be skilled, expert, assured, educated, caring, compassionate, conscientious, trustworthy, reliable 


You’ll deal with folks with dignity, respecting particular person’s variety, beliefs, tradition, wants, values, privateness and preferences. You’ll present respect and empathy for these you’re employed with, have the braveness to problem areas of concern and work to proof primarily based greatest apply.  Additionally, you will be adaptable, reflective, dependable and constant, present discretion, resilience, self-awareness and exhibit management.

  It is possible for you to to: You’ll know and perceive:
Particular person-centred apply
  • shield and preserve folks protected, making use of present laws to advertise their rights, decisions and needs, treating them with dignity and respect, clarify therapy choices and dangers/ profit/ prognosis together with no therapy to acquire and doc knowledgeable consent for podiatry care
  • work collaboratively with sufferers and others
  • talk successfully and appropriately, listening rigorously to find out all of the elements affecting the affected person’s foot well being within the context of their medical and social historical past and talent to self-care
  • set up person-centred podiatry agreed therapy plans, encouraging knowledgeable decision-making encourage and allow applicable self-care 
  • laws, insurance policies and procedures regarding safeguarding, ethics, equality, variety and inclusion
  • what is supposed by knowledgeable consent and how one can safe it throughout the age vary and in step with cognitive capacity
  • methods to work successfully with households, carers and different groups
  • the significance of communication in plain English utilizing a spread of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies applicable to age, emotional or psychological state or cognitive capacity
  • what is supposed by compassionate person-centred care together with methods to have interaction folks in their very own care
  • podiatry therapy planning processes together with the dangers and advantages of therapy plans

Scientific Care

  • choose and use applicable evaluation and therapy strategies safely, successfully and ethically e.g. decoding medical historical past; recognising potential penalties of therapy; finishing up mechanical debridement to take away painful, useless, broken, or contaminated tissue of intact and ulcerated pores and skin; taping and comparable adjunctive therapies; finishing up surgical procedures for pores and skin and nail situations; managing nail problems, or prescribing foot orthoses
  • observe, assess, diagnose, monitor and deal with a affected person’s decrease limb, reviewing, updating and adapting or ceasing therapy as required
  • use a scientific method to formulate and check a most well-liked analysis
  • work with a spread of situations encouraging mobility and independence
  • carry out therapies, together with minor surgical procedure beneath native anaesthetic
  • handle medicines together with accessing, supplying and administering prescription-only medicines use fundamental life assist abilities to deal safely with scientific emergencies
  • make and obtain referrals, together with being chargeable for the interpretation of scientific findings in relation to the decrease limb and the choice for onward referral or discharge
  • create, retailer, retrieve and replace information in accordance with laws, protocols and pointers
  • present verbal and written well being training on public well being, foot well being, mobility and the decrease limb, together with preventative, palliative or healing data, in a bunch or one to at least one setting
  • the construction and performance of the human physique together with the biomechanics of the decrease limb and the affect it has on the entire physique
  • the significance of mobility and the way it impacts life expertise
  • a spread of scientific wants related to the decrease limb similar to acute or power neuropathies, long run situations, or musculoskeletal problems together with coping with folks with a degenerative situation or whose analysis or prognosis is worsening
  • a spread of screening strategies similar to diabetic threat stratification, vascular and neurological assessments or the taking of swabs or tissue samples
  • methods to make use of your judgement when observing, assessing, diagnosing, monitoring and treating the affected person
  • theoretical foundation of podiatry interventions and analysis together with when to adapt or stop therapy
  • scientific reasoning and the processes that underpin decision-making and drawback fixing
  • attainable results of anaesthesia together with dosage calculation
  • when minor surgical procedure could also be required
  • medicines administration inside the limits of your competence as outlined in laws and the HCPC necessities
  • present fundamental life assist practices and how one can apply them
  • when and the place to refer
  • podiatry discharge procedures and protocols
  • how one can document, report and retailer data in step with laws, coverage and procedures together with your position in relation to audit and knowledge administration
  • methods to handle group dynamics or particular person periods together with methods to make sure materials is known
Well being Security and Safety
  • assess, document, mitigate and assessment dangers round podiatry providers or therapies
  • transfer and place folks and podiatry tools safely
  • preserve the setting clear and protected from hazards
  • order, retailer, sterilise and dispose of apparatus and different inventory utilized in podiatry providers
  • incident reporting and comply with on protocols when a security threat has been breached
  • well being and security laws, insurance policies and procedures together with how one can assess dangers that ensures security and safety and promotes restoration, mobility or independence
  • a spread of shifting and dealing with strategies
  • methods to make sure an infection prevention and management
  • methods to maintain your self, sufferers and colleagues protected together with lone working, methods to cut back occupational stress and the significance of sustaining your individual well being and well-being
  • processes for ordering and storing inventory together with cost-effectiveness, sterilisation and disposal protocols and the protected storage of prescription-only medicines
  • when and how one can escalate points and incidents that may affect in your work setting
Private and Skilled Improvement
  • work inside the scope of apply for podiatrists, together with being professionally accountable and adhering to scientific governance
  • work as a part of a multi-professional crew, demonstrating management and administration abilities
  • consider and measure your individual apply and efficiency and that of these you’re employed with, utilizing scientific governance processes to enhance podiatry apply and general requirements in healthcare
  • exhibit evidence-based apply
  • the boundaries of your scope of apply as a podiatrist together with the laws, requirements and codes of conduct that apply
  • what is supposed by scientific governance and accountability in relation to your position
  • the significance of taking part in appraisal, coaching and improvement
  • a spread of analysis strategies utilized in podiatry together with the ideas and functions of scientific enquiry to podiatry and decrease limb perform
  • how well being and care providers are structured and performance together with methods to work throughout boundaries
  • a spread of management and administration strategies together with methods to oversee and mentor others
  • methods to judge your individual efficiency and that of others, together with giving and receiving suggestions
  • the position of end result measures in evaluating the efficacy of therapies and interventions together with methods of enhancing podiatry apply
  • vital reflection and its educational foundation together with fashions of vital reflection and how one can apply it to affected person care


Regulated commonplace

It is a regulated occupation.

Regulator physique:

Well being and Care Professions Council

Coaching supplier have to be authorized by regulator physique

EPAO have to be authorized by regulator physique

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