Podiatrist

Alternative titles for this job include Chiropodist

Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems, improving people's mobility and quality of life.

Average salary (a year)

£21,000 Starter

to

£41,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

weekends

How to become a Podiatrist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You'll need to complete a degree in podiatry approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

If you already have a degree in a healthcare or science related subject, you can apply for an accelerated degree in podiatry.

As well as a Student Loan, you may be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund, which helps with hardship, and travel and childcare costs.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or 3 A levels, including a biological science for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this role through a degree apprenticeship in podiatry.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 3 A levels

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Work

You could work as a podiatry assistant and study part time for a degree to qualify as a podiatrist.

Volunteering and experience

You'll find it helpful to get some paid or voluntary experience in the health or care sector before you apply for a course.

You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice.

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Registration

Professional and industry bodies

You may find it useful to join organisations for professional development and networking opportunities, like:

Further information

You can find out more about careers in this area from Careers in Podiatry.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to read English
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks will include:

  • diagnosing and treating sports injuries
  • talking to patients about foot health, and giving talks to groups
  • sharing information with other health professionals like GPs
  • discussing treatment options with patients
  • carrying out treatments and minor surgery using scalpels, chemicals and local anaesthetics
  • screening children for foot problems
  • keeping patient records
  • supervising assistants

Working environment

You could work at a GP practice, at a client's home, at a health centre or in an NHS or private hospital.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

You could focus on a specialist area like surgery or orthotics, designing and fitting appliances like braces and in-shoe correction aids.

You could join a professional body to get access to training in areas like nail surgery, diabetes and wound care.

You could set up your own practice. Some people combine this with part-time working in the NHS.

You could study for a Master’s (MSc) or PhD and move into research or teaching.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Podiatrist right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

NOCN Certificate in Progression to Further Studies in Health Science L2 - Pre Access to Health Science

  • Provider: Bishop Auckland College
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: Bishop Auckland

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