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)

£20,329 Starter

to

£32,305 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

weekends

How to become

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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.

You may be able to get additional student financial support through the NHS Learning Support Fund.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this role through a podiatrist degree apprenticeship.

This typically takes 4 years to complete as a mix of workplace learning and academic study at an approved university.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, preferably including biology, for a degree apprenticeship

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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

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

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and how the body works
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to learn through your work
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day-to-day tasks, you could:

  • assess patients feet and lower limbs and diagnose conditions
  • discuss treatment options with patients
  • diagnose and treat sports or dance injuries
  • talk to individual patients about foot health, or give talks to groups
  • share information with other health professionals like GPs
  • carry out treatments and minor surgery using scalpels, chemicals and local anaesthetics
  • screen children for foot problems
  • do admin like keeping patient records, managing appointments and ordering supplies
  • supervise 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

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Career path and progression

You could focus on a specialist area like sports injuries or working with children.

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.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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

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Courses In England

ACCESS to Higher Education Health Science Professions

  • Provider: LUMINATE EDUCATION GROUP
  • Start date: 12 September 2022
  • Location: Keighley

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Science) Level 3 Open College Network West Midlands. Blended Evening

  • Provider: DUDLEY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
  • Start date: 23 February 2022
  • Location: Dudley

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