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Overview of the role

Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who have been trained to diagnose and treat foot and lower limb conditions. Podiatrists provide assessment, evaluation and foot care for a wide range of patients, which range from low risk to long-term acute conditions. Many patients fall into high risk categories such as those with diabetes, rheumatism, cerebral palsy, peripheral arterial disease and peripheral nerve damage.


Education and training required

  • A BSc is required to work as a podiatrist in all settings.
  • HEE Primary care First Contact Practitioner (FCP) training must be completed as the minimum threshold for entry to primary care and be supported by appropriate governance
  • HEE primary care FCP training can begin 3-5 years post registration.


Career framework

Indictive Salary AfC band 7.

Job description

NHSE/I have developed a job description and recruitment pack which is available on the Future NHS website. Access to the site requires user registration. Once registered, navigate to the role selection page to find a range of supporting resources.

For brief outline of responsibilities, please see below.

  • Provide treatments for patients of all ages whilst autonomously managing a changing caseload as part of the Primary Care Network’s (PCN’s) multi-disciplinary team.
  • Assess and diagnose lower limb conditions and foot pathologies, commence management plans, deliver foot health education to patients and colleagues.
  • Liaise with PCN colleagues, community and secondary care staff, and named clinicians to arrange further investigations and onward referrals.
  • Use and provide guidance on a range of equipment including surgical instruments, dressings, treatment tables, and orthotics.
  • Provide treatment for high-risk patient groups such as the elderly and those with increased risk of amputation.
  • Use therapeutic and surgical techniques to treat foot and lower leg issues (e.g. carrying out nail and soft tissue surgery using local anaesthetic).
  • Prescribe, produce, and fit orthotics and other aids and appliances.
  • Undertake continued professional development to understand the mechanics of the body to preserve, restore and develop movement for patients.
  • Undertake a range of administrative tasks such as ensuring stock levels are maintained and securely stored, and equipment is kept in good working order.

Support available for introducing the role

From April 2020, this role will be reimbursed through the Additional Roles Reimbursement scheme at 100% of actual salary plus defined on costs, up to the maximum reimbursable amount of £53,724 over 12 months.

Further information

NHS England / Improvement – AHPs in primary care