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Support Resources

Support for educators and students

A suite of 83 videos have been developed by the Southwest podiatry managers to support podiatry degree apprenticeships. Some of these online learning resources may be useful to support trainee support workers and mentors /educators 

New Podiatry undergraduate and post-graduate apprenticeships course are now available. Visit elearning for healthcare.

Below are links to educator training modules that are free to access for those within the NHS.

The first link is for a course that provides non-registered AHP assistants and support staff with training to develop their understanding of student education, and to develop their skills in supporting students and educators within their teams. During this course, users will learn about the student journey, from the beginning of their studies to qualification and how practice placements form part of their learning. The resource will also offer an understanding of what is expected from students during placement, how to give feedback to students and educators and how to recognise and support a student who may be struggling. By developing these skills, non-registered staff will be able to contribute to the delivery of Practice Based Learning, improving the quality and capacity of placements.

Supporting AHP Students – elearning for healthcare (e-lfh.org.uk)

This link takes you to a modular elearning practice educator programme. The aim of this training programme is ensure a standard level of practice educator training for AHPs. Facilitate the building of quality learning environments and to increase practice educator confidence to supervise learners and support them to develop their role as an educator.

Delegation and Accountability

The Standards provide a clear understanding of the footcare treatments that podiatry support workers are trained to provide upon qualification. The Standards are threshold and set out what a newly qualified practitioner can safely provide for their patients in the NHS. It is recognised that as individual practitioners gain experience and undertake additional qualifications, their role boundaries and scope of practice may increase. The educational level of the Standards is from level 3 – level 5. In many cases support workers will work under the supervision of a podiatrist. The supervision provided may be direct or indirect, with podiatrists holding overall responsibility for a patient’s treatment. In some instances, foot health treatments may be provided as part of other treatments within a multidisciplinary team. In this case, the service may not be a podiatry led service. In these circumstances it may be appropriate for an alternative appropriately qualified registered health care professional to provided immediate support and supervision. However, the Standards require that the support worker should be responsible to a podiatrist within a wider podiatry service for their clinical and professional support.

This tool kit was co-produced by a core group of podiatry managers and team leaders. A wider group of contributors also contributed to the content and review.


The project was led by Dr Beverley Durrant – Vectis Health Care Solutions


Thanks, and appreciation goes to the core writing and development team:


Angie Abbot South West Podiatry Workforce Action Plan Project Lead

Anna Hofbauer Podiatry Team Lead Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

David Atkins Professional Lead for Podiatry Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Emma Phillips Service Manager Podiatry and MSK Physiotherapy Department, Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Tina Craig Professional Head of Podiatry Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Thanks, and appreciation also go to a second team who contributed to the review meetings and discussions.


Emma Noe Harrogate and district NHS Foundation Trust

Estelle Crook East Cheshire NHS Trust

Angela Mason AHP Lead HCRG Care Services Limited

Denise Walker Torbay and Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Wendy Mcloughlin Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Joanne Newby East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Tracey Wheeler Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humberside NHS Foundation Trust