There’s many benefits to working with us as a Podiatrist, here’s just a few:

  • Work for a trust that stands by its values : Kindness, Courage and Respect
  • Work for a trust that encourages you to develop and further your career
  • Work in a friendly, supportive environment
  • Live in an area that balances excellent amenities and natural beauty with low cost of living
  • Live in close proximity to some fantastic northern cities and great transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe
  • With fantastic days out and outstanding schools there’s something for all the family.

For more information on working for us as a Podiatrist please contact nlg-tr.wearerecruiting@nhs.net

If you are considering a career as a Podiatrist we’ve put together the following information that we hope will help you on your journey.

Podiatrist Career Information

Podiatrists diagnose and treat abnormalities of the legs and feet. They also offer guidance on the care of legs and feet to prevent problems from occurring.

The majority of our patients have long term conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Peripheral vascular disease.

Core podiatry foot conditions that require long term treatment can include:

  • Toe nails
  • Hard skin (callus)
  • Corns

Short term care is also provided for those with conditions such as:

  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ingrowing toe nails
  • Children with development problems relating to gait.

In the NHS, they may work in hospitals or in the community, where they may be involved in diabetes clinics, rheumatology clinics, biomechanics clinics, nail surgery clinics, wound clinics, core podiatry clinics and home visits.

Qualified podiatrists register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and will need to keep their skills up to date with continuing professional development. Many podiatrists also join the British College of Podiatry (formerly the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists), who act as professional body, trade union and provide members with public liability insurance as part of their subscription.  They also hold an annual conference and a monthly journal.

How much will I earn?

Podiatrists generally start on a Band 5 position and work 37.5 hours a week.  They can receive promotion to Band 6 or 7 with increased experience and responsibility

Becoming a Podiatrist

Podiatrists need to have completed a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved degree in order to practice as a podiatrist.  During your education you will be expected to go on placement in the NHS; we have links with Huddersfield University and have students on placement in the department for 4 to 6 weeks depending on their year of study.

There is currently no route into Podiatry via apprenticeships.

What next

Like most areas within the NHS there is the possibility of being able to specialise in one particular area such as sports injuries, diabetes, forensic podiatry or working with children.

Once established a podiatrist may be able to move into a teaching and research post. Alternatively, a management pathway may be a possibility either within a podiatry department or as a more general manager. Some podiatrists become self-employed and go into private practice.




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