Background to the consultation
The consultation documents and the Standards document were hosted on the HEE website for direct download and completion. The link to the consultation was distributed via professional networks and the Foot Health Consortium representative professional bodies. Twitter cards were used to further disseminate and facilitate distribution. Reminders were sent out using the same mechanisms at 4 and 2 weeks before the consultation closed. Responses were collected via survey software online surveys.
To accompany the Standards document, a supporting consultation document was produced, providing the background, rationale and an explanation of the process and structure that supported the creation of the Standards. This information can be found on the HEE website HEE_Foot_Health_Consultation.
Objective of the consultation
The Foot Health Education and Training Standards are the result of a year’s work to increase the supply of podiatrists in the NHS, while expanding the role of the support workforce within the NHS. The Standards will ensure that the NHS recognises the knowledge and skills of the wider foot care support workforce.
The Standards are intended to support the NHS in utilising the full skills mix of the foot health workforce to meet demand, by providing a clear understanding of the footcare treatments that foot health practitioners and the podiatry support workforce can safely perform. The needs and safety of patients is central in this work.
Hearing the views and engaging widely with stakeholders and those individuals interested in the work is useful to further develop the Standards and better understand the issues and challenges around this topic.