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Podiatry as a mature student

Podiatry as a mature student

Victoria did an access course to boost her school educational credentials as she did not have the appropriate ‘A’ Levels. And so she started her career in podiatry as a mother and mature student.

 “I had a five-year-old and a one-year-old. And I have to say it was the best three years studying I’ve ever had. It was fabulous. The course was great, the students that I was with are now fabulous colleagues all around the country and the world actually. And the lecturers were great. It was a really positive start.”

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Primary Care Conference 2022

Primary Care Conference 2022

After 2 years of being cancelled, I am delighted to join over 200 speakers to discuss some of their current thoughts about medicine and health. These are both new talks. If you have heard me before then I assure that I have updated the material and designed these around the theme of the reflective podiatrist for the non-surgeon. 

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Podiatric Sports Medicine in focus

Podiatric Sports Medicine in focus

The London 2012 Games changed the vision of what a podiatrist could offer overnight. Today Professor Padhiar’s personal clinical workload is around 80% with sports. This ranges from Sunday warrior to professional and elite sports. To be a podiatric sports medicine specialist he believes in total involvement.  He says of biomechanics, the study framework around musculoskeletal medicine and human movement  “ is like an investigation. You look at why athlete keeps getting recurrent or chronic injury to see what factors are playing a part in their biomechanics.”

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What Career to Choose After School?

What Career to Choose After School?

Read about podiatry and its various roles for students keen on a career in a medical profession, Why not chose Podiatry as a career choice? This article is aimed at school pupils, career teachers and schools in general where pupils are looking to the healthcare professions as a career choice. It’s tough to make that decision with so many options from the age of 13 onwards.

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A marmite profession or golden treacle?

A marmite profession or golden treacle?

FHP or Podiatry. This was a choice for Catherine Lacey. Catherine came straight from school into nursing. She had always wanted to be a nurse and has now worked in the NHS and abroad for over 40 years. She went for her routine dental care one day and the receptionist noticed that she was limping. As there was a chiropodist at the practice the receptionist persuaded Catherine to book in to see him. The chiropodist had qualified through SMAE and had been a professional footballer. After retirement he had trained as a chiropodist and managed some painful corns on Catherine’s foot. Fifteen minutes later she was dancing down the corridor.

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The Footballer’s Podiatrist

The Footballer’s Podiatrist

Before the inception of podiatric biomechanics as a core subject and long before the term musculoskeletal podiatrist entered the vernacular, there was some mystery about the subject. Approaching one lecturer at his Paddington college in London (no longer in existence) he asked, “ this biomechanics lark, are you going to teach it one afternoon? I’m going to need that.” And he went – no, I can’t teach you that in an afternoon!”

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Podiatrist goes to prison

Podiatrist goes to prison

He recalls, “the vascular surgeon walked in, took one look and said, “we’ll just chop those off above the knee, and walked out.  I was left with the patient who was gobsmacked as we both were and had to pick up the pieces. That was the delivery of the care pathway for this patient. Being in my 20s at the time it was quite a shock to deal with a 60-year-old patient being told that he’s going to have both legs amputated above the knee!”

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Clinical Podiatrist to Business Manager

Clinical Podiatrist to Business Manager

She started looking for an established practice to buy into and found Dulwich where she still practises. As a mother to young children, Debbie had to factor flexibility into the equation– ‘being flexible’, but not just being flexibile around working hours important as a woman or a mother – but flexibility to choose what direction she wanted to take career and development toward

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From Knitting Needles to Heading an NHS Service

From Knitting Needles to Heading an NHS Service

As part of her teaching role, she quickly realised that if you don’t want people to struggle, and you wanted staff retention, as there was a shortage of podiatrists at that time – that you had to nurture them. Her early experiences as a junior had revealed the benefit of having more experienced podiatrists to offer clinical supervision when starting out. Very soon the agency started sending all the new graduates to Bromley before they then went on to other London Trusts.

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