Podiatry

 

Currently we take six second year Podiatry students per academic year. These Students are studying their BSc Podiatry Degree at Salford University. During each Academic year we may also have up to six final year students on placement for a four or five week period in the autumn and spring terms.  Each student is supervised by a qualified member of staff on a one to one basis.  At the moment this means we are able to accommodate up to  students at any one time.

The Students follow the curriculum set by Salford University.

Students receive an Induction pack, information on study leave, recruitment forms & interview information. They are also given copies of protocols and guidelines.

The Students are sometimes accompanied  the Podiatrist while they carry out their duties but by the second year they are able to hold a Clinic or work in the community. By the end of their second semester they are expected to build up their speed and proficiency.

The third year students placements follow the same pattern as second years but they may also start to see more high risk patients. They are expected to become proficient in specialist Clinics including Biomechanics, nail Surgery, Diabetes, wound care and possibly the Renal Department. Many placements are also accommodated at Minerva.

The clinical educators receive training from Salford University on how to support their students. This course involves attendance at University and completion of a piece of written work at the end of the course. They must then complete further written work every five years to re accredit themselves. This work is also marked by the University. They receive updates at Salford University.

Some staff also receive Clinical Supervision training from UCLAN

Applying to become a Podiatrist

 

 The main aim as a Podiatrist is to assess, diagnose and treat abnormalities and diseases of the lower limb. You will use a wide range of clinical and communication skills.

After comprehensive training you will be prepared to work with both competence and confidence.

Podiatry plus points:

No tuition fees to pay at all and NHS bursaries are available to some students Excellent graduate employment rate - currently of those who want a job 85% of students are employed within four months of graduation and 100% by eight to nine months. Flexible working - full and part time working may be available. Post graduate opportunities - for example surgery, research, clinical specialisation.

As a Podiatrist you may work in a hospital department, clinic, health centre or GPs surgery. some Podiatrists may visit schools or patients who cannot leave home or are in a nursing home. As a Podiatrist you will use a wide range of skills and treatments to help your patient.

What you may do:

To work in the NHS, you need to be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and have a BSc Degree from a school of Podiatry at a university. Courses must be approved by the HPC. Applicants generally need two A levels, one of which should normally be a science. Alternative qualifications may be acceptable. Applicants with considerable life experience are welcome. It is essential to check the entry requirements of the university/universities to which you wish to apply.

Training programmes
The degree course involves three years full-time study. Each year consists of both theory and clinical experience.

Applying for a degree in chiropody/podiatry
Applications for degree programmes are administered by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Career prospects
You may choose to specialise in a particular area of practice; for example, biomechanics, working with children (Podopaediatrics) or surgery. Chiropodists have a vital role to play in assessing, treating and advising high-risk patients. Teaching or research are also options. You could also move into management, either within chiropody services or general health service management. As head of a local chiropody service you would be responsible both for a team of staff and for managing a budget.

For further information you can contact:

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

Website: For non members: www.feetforlife.org and for members: www.scpod.org

Practice Placement Profiles

Podiatry Central Lancashire profile [doc] 87KB

Useful Documents

Guidance on conduct and ethics for students [pdf] 109KB
Standards of education and training September 2009 [pdf] 82KB

Useful Websites

 

University of Salford - Podiatry

The Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists - Non Members

The Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists - Members

University of Central Lancashire

Health Professions Council