Podiatrists specialise in the foot, ankle and leg, leading the patient care through the whole journey including prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Podiatrists work in a variety of places and can work with a team of people including doctors, nurses and physiotherapists.

A Podiatrist’s primary aim is to improve the mobility, independence and quality of life for their patients. 

Podiatrists working in primary care can support patients with a wide range of conditions including Diabetes and Rheumatology as well as wound care.

Career Pathway

To practise as a podiatrist, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). To register with the HCPC, you first need to successfully complete approved degree-level training in podiatry.

You can train through an approved full-time or part-time pre-registration university course in podiatry or a degree apprenticeship in podiatry.

Training Opportunities

Is there any recruitment funding available to Primary Care Networks?

This is a role that is included in the Additional Roles Recruitment Scheme from April 2020. Primary Care Networks may therefore be able to access funding via the CCG to cover salary and on-costs. You can find out more about the scheme and workforce planning by contacting the GP Forward View Leads who work with the CCG’s Primary Care Team and by referring to the information in the links below:

Information for employers

Here is a useful guide produced by NHS Employers for employers or potential employers:

Employers guide to podiatry – NHS Employers

Funding for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Investment in CPD for podiatrists in primary care for 2020 – 2023 was initially announced in the NHS Long Term Plan. The funding is held by the Training Hub on your behalf.

 An amount of money roughly equivalent to £1000 per eligible staff member working in each practice (based on the 2019 staffing levels) has been allocated to be spent over that period on CPD requirements. The funding cannot be used for backfill or administrative costs.

Ideally you will already have identified your CPD needs through an annual appraisal process with your line manager. We have asked practices to give the Training Hub an idea of your CPD needs so we can ensure that suitable training is commissioned/available to meet your needs and also so we can use the CPD funding appropriately and fairly.

Roadmap to Practice

A Roadmap to Practice is a supportive document that provides a clear educational pathway from undergraduate to advanced practice for clinicians wishing to pursue a career in primary care.

Podiatrists as First Contact Practitioners – find out what podiatrists to in primary care

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